US citizen collapses and dies on ascent of Croagh Patrick


A man who was a US citizen collapsed and died suddenly yesterday as he began climbing Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo.

The man, who was in his 40s, became ill at the first statue on the pilgrim mountain as he started his ascent, shortly after midday.

He was accompanied by his wife and a number of others, all believed to be visitors from the United States. First aid was administered to the victim but he failed to respond to efforts to resuscitate him.

A local priest administered the Last Rites before the remains were brought by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar for a postmortem.

The dead man, who is understood to be from the American midwest, wasn’t named last evening, pending notification of relatives in the US.

Earlier this month a British woman was airlifted to Mayo General Hospital after falling near the summit of the mountain, which is popular with tourists and pilgrims.