Search ongoing on MacGillycuddy Reeks in Co Kerry for a missing walker

Tipperary man failed to return to his lodgings after leaving for a walking tour on Monday

Kerry mountain rescuers are searching for a Co Tipperary man who failed to return to his lodgings in the area, after leaving for a walking tour on Monday.

John Dunne (61), a regular visitor to the area , has been missing since Monday morning when he left his accommodation telling people he intended to “do a few peaks” among the MacGillycuddy reeks.

The alarm was raised at around 11pm on Monday night when Mr Dunne failed to return. He was wearing a red jacket and black trousers.

Members of Kerry Mountain Rescue and concerned locals have been searching since daybreak at around 4.30am. The Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 117, based in Waterford has also been helping out with the search.

Mr Dunne’s family have provided a photograph of him and have appealed for information including sightings of the man on Monday, to anyone who may have met or spoken with him on the hills yesterday or this morning to please contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6631222.

it is understood that Mr Dunne was last in contact with his accommodation provider at about 5.30pm on Monday when he said he was on his way back from his walk.

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien is an Irish Times journalist