Accountant Peter one of 100 daredevils to complete 200-foot charity abseil at Limerick’s Clarion Hotel

Mike Dwane


Mike Dwane

Whoever said accountants were boring?

Whoever said accountants were boring?

A head for figures, Peter Keogh now has a proven head for heights after abseiling 200 feet down Ireland’s tallest hotel in a three-piece suit and carrying a briefcase.

Almost 100 people overcame their fears for Saturday’s challenge at the Clarion, organised by Age Action Ireland and raising €30,000 for 11 charities.

Among them was a crew of 10 staff and clients at Keogh Somers, where Peter is a partner and who through their combined efforts raised €3,500 for the Blue Box Creative Learning Centre.

Only three weeks ago, Peter, Ennis Road, ran 5km through Limerick in the same suit alongside broadcaster Ray Darcy. Now the thrill-seeking number-cruncher has gone one better by launching himself backwards off the roof of Limerick’s 17-storey landmark.

“I went from being the sophisticated guy in the suit to looking like Mr Bean, or so I was told, once I got the gear on,” said Peter.“I was trying to take in view of city but I have to say the heart started to go a little bit. But they showed you how to lean back against the rope and get a bit of confidence in it. I was fine after that and managed to stop briefly on the way down just by squeezing my fingers a little bit on the rope. It was a fantastic way to see the city.”

For Liam Toland, it was a chance to see his old stomping ground of Thomond Park from a new perspective. The former Munster player is managing director of Home Instead Senior Care Limerick, based across the street from the Clarion, and completed the abseil for Age Action.

One might think a former Army officer would take it in his stride but not so, said Liam.

“I’m actually still shaking. We were giggling and laughing all the way to the top. But as soon as I got to the edge the fun was over. I’m delighted to be back at ground level.”

At six foot three, Clarion general manager Ivan Tuohy is used to heights but admitted he had never been to the roof of his own hotel until Saturday. “I never had an excuse to go out here but today is a good excuse to see what it’s like,” he said in advance of his descent for Autism Ireland.