John Burke to be honoured in Dublin

John Burke to be honoured in Dublin


John Burke arrives back in Shannon following his Everest conquest – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The first Clare person to summit Mount Everest will be honoured by the Clare Association in Dublin at the end of the month.

John Burke will be formally presented with his Clare Person of the Year 2018 award by the Clare Association Dublin on Saturday, 28th April next from 7.30pm at the Red Cow Moran Hotel Dublin.

The hotelier, mountaineer and charity activist will be recognised for his Everest achievement as well as his efforts to promote and provide mental health wellness programmes for young people through his charity Elevate.

In April last year, John Burke and his wife, actress Aoibhín Garrihy, travelled to Nepal as part of a group of six from Co Clare. The team took 9 days to reach Everest Base Camp before John said farewell to the group and set off on the next phase of the ascent.

With their charity, the couple hope to raise funds for different wellbeing promotional initiatives, including workshops in Clare secondary schools that will target raising self-esteem of young people through different medium, including song and dance.

Meanwhile, also at last night’s event, a cheque for €4,300 was presented to the West Clare Cancer Centre following a charity event held in Dublin by the Clare Association earlier this year.

Ticket for the April 28th event are €50 including dinner and live music entertainment and are available by contacting Gerry O’Reilly on 0868498192 or by emailing

Last year, Irish Coast Guard hero Catríona Lucas, who was the first Coast Guard volunteer to lose her life in active service, was posthumously name Clare Person of the Year 2017.

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.