Body recovered from base of cliffs

Body recovered from base of cliffs


© Pat Flynn 2015
The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was on standby during this mornings operation – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A body has been recovered from the base of the Cliffs of Moher.

Members of the Garda Water Unit and Irish Coast Guard volunteers from Doolin mounted a second recovery operation early today.

The alarm was raised at lunchtime on Monday when the body of a woman was spotted beneath a viewing platform.

Garda divers swam ashore late on Monday night in effort to reach and recover the remains however this was abandoned as sea conditions deteriorated.

Gardaí and search teams visited the cliff top yesterday and later contacted the Garda Water Unit to request them to mount a further effort early today.

In a three hour operation this morning, garda divers swam ashore and recovered the body which was later removed to University Hospital Limerick for a postmortem examination.

The operation also involved the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter and local gardaí.

Gardaí are understood to have identified the woman and are treating her death as a personal tragedy.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.