Hotelier becomes first Clare man to summit Everest

Hotelier becomes first Clare man to summit Everest


A Co Clare hotelier has become the first Clare man to summit the world’s tallest mountain literally ‘raising the banner’ for the Banner county.

John Burke, MD of the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point, has completed the mammoth challenge in aid of a non-profit organisation established by John and his wife Aoibhín. Elevate aims to promote youth wellness in Co. Clare.

Actress and Dancing With The Stars finalist Aoibhín confirmed the incredible achievement via Twitter this morning.

John successfully summited the mountain with the support of Tamting Sherpa from Nepal.

John and Aoibhín travelled to Nepal as part of a group of six from Co Clare on April 4th last.

The team took 9 days to reach Everest Base Camp before John set off on the next phase of the ascent.

The group included Ennisman Tony O’Loughlin, who previously travelled to Everest base camp in 2012, John’s nephew Callum Curtin, Yvonne Connellan from Kilmaley and Niamh Keogh from Ennis.

With conditions in the area improving in recent days and the route to the summit opening up on Monday, John and the rest of the ascent team reached Camp 4 yesterday and made the final push last night.

Contributions to the Elevate charity can be made here.

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.