Mark Quinn’s Everest triumph to be rewarded with civic reception in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK climber Mark Quinn, who became the youngest Irishman to conquer Mount Everest in June, will be honoured with a mayoral reception this Friday.

LIMERICK climber Mark Quinn, who became the youngest Irishman to conquer Mount Everest in June, will be honoured with a mayoral reception this Friday.

Quinn, 27 from Rhebogue, admitted this week that his life had been a “bit of a rollercoaster” since the highs of climbing the world’s biggest mountain, but said it was a “great honour” to receive a civic reception from Mayor Cllr Jim Long.

“Mark was the youngest Irish man to achieve climb Mount Everest and said he was very proud to be a Limerick man in doing so. So it is only right and fitting that the man who climbed the highest mountain in the world should be honoured by the highest office in his native city,” said the mayor.

The former Crescent Comprehensive student climbed the mountain on behalf of the Shane Geoghegan Trust and is still working towards raising his target of €30,000, recently holding a collection outside Thomond Park for the Munster Northampton match.

“We are still on the way with that, we have three more fundraisers coming up next year,” said Mark. “It is a challenging environment to fundraise in, but we are getting there. People are keen to support the trust, especially with our street collection outside Thomond Park, the generosity of people was mind blowing, people were so supportive.”