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Death of modern day hero Ian McKeever

3 January, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Sinn Féin party whip has extended heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Ian McKeever who died tragically while leading a group of Irish charity fundraisers to the peak of Africa's highest peak, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Ian, who was a very experienced climber was struck by lightening and died yesterday. Ian has been an inspiration in encouraging hundreds of Irish teenagers and adults to scale heights they did not believe possible over the last few years.

He led a number of groups of students and adults this year to climb Kilinmanjaro and raise hundreds of thousands of euros for charities in Ireland and in Tanzania. Aengus and his son joined Ian in June and both are deeply saddened by this tragic death.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh said of Ian:
"He was an inspirational character who helped all those who joined him to reach strengths many didn't know they had. He was a modern day hero and will obviously be missed by his family and vast circle of friends in Ireland, Tanzania and across the world.
"Tá laoch ar lár, ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann. Slán mo chara.”

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