THE Shane Geoghegan Trust, set up in memory of the murdered Garryowen FC rugby captain, yesterday congratulated Limerick man Mark Quinn on becoming the youngest Irish person ever to climb Mount Everest.
Mark, 26, from Raheen took on the challenge to raise funds for the Limerick-based trust, and carried the trust’s emblem with him to the top of the world’s tallest mountain.
Mark’s achievement comes almost exactly eight years after another Limerick man, the late Gerard McDonnell from Kilcornan, scaled the 8,848 metre mountain in 2003.
Mary Geoghegan, Shane’s mother, said yesterday: “On behalf of the trust I would like to extend our congratulations to Mark and our sincere thanks to him for bringing Shane’s memories to the top of the world.
“Mark has a wonderful back-up team in Limerick and they should get immense congratulation for all their work and support in getting Mark to achieve his lifetime dream.” she added.
The Shane Geoghegan Trust raises funds for youth programmes in Limerick city and offers young people an alternative path to a life of crime.
Since leaving school, Mark Quinn has been an active charity fundraiser and his efforts to date have seen him parachute from a plane at 10,000ft and run a full marathon.
He said he was very determined to complete the Everest mission to help children at risk in Limerick.
Mark said his latest fundraising venture was inspired by the immortal words of George Leigh Mallory, who on being asked in 1923 why he so desired to climb Everest, replied: “Because it is there.”
Jordan Romera from the US made history two years ago when he became the youngest person to climb Everest at the age of 13.
Before Mark’s conquest of the summit, Cork woman, Samantha Carroll was the youngest Irish person to reach the peak in 2004 aged 28.
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