Peter O’Connell from Killererin, Tuam will next month set out to become the thirty-fourth Irish person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The avid mountaineer is undertaking the challenge in order to raise funds for Pieta House West. All funds raised from the climb will be donated directly to the non-profit organisation that provides a free and specialised treatment programmes with the help of O’Connell Construction for people who have suicidal thoughts. Peter, who has self-funded the expedition, will set out for Nepal on March 29 next and will spend six weeks on the mountain completing the climb of 8,848 metres.
Starting his training in 2011, Peter has completed four marathons and completed the 13 kilometre Galway Bay Swim last July.
This Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, Peter will take part in the Irish Everest Event which will see the Tuam man climb Croagh Patrick 12 times – the equivalent to the height of Everest.
The final climb will take place at 1pm on Saturday and everyone, young and old, is encouraged to come along anytime over these two days to climb Croagh Patrick and in turn help raise awareness for Pieta House.