a MEMORIAL service for John Delaney who died climbing Mount Everest, will be held in Ballinakill tomorrow (Friday, May 27)
John Delaney, who was originally from Ballinakill but was living in Kilcock, Kildare is believed to have collapsed just 50 metres from the summit last weekend.
According to reports, when Mr Delaney got into difficulties, members of his team helped him down the mountainside, but they were unable to resuscitate the 41-year-old.
Although Mr Delaney died last Saturday, his family only learned of his death earlier this week, as the team were out of contact.
The Ballinkill native, who was married and had two young sons, died without knowing that his wife, Orla, had given birth to a baby girl last Wednesday.
Mr Delaney’s family were well known in Ballinakill, where they used to run Massey Delaney’s pub on Bride Street. His mother, Massey, still lives in the town. Mr Delaney is also survived by his brother Chris and sister Geraldine, who lives in America.
Neighbours of Mr Delaney’s family in Ballinakill were brokenhearted at the sad news.
Mr Delaney was the managing director of an online market prediction company and had left for the expedition in early April. He was among a team of 18, including climbers from the US and Russia, Sherpas and two other guides. They left the camp last Friday evening in a bid to conquer the final section of the notorious peak.
Sadly, it is believed his body will remain on Everest because it would be too dangerous for the rest of his team to bring it back to base.