This weekend Kerry Mountain Rescue Team celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The Team was formed in 1966 following a tragic holiday period in Kerry.
Team membership is entirely voluntary and there are 35 active team members who come from all walks of life, but all are active and accomplished walkers and mountaineers in their own right.
The Team is a registered charity with Approximately 50% of the annual budget coming through grants from the Irish Coast Guard and Kerry County Council and the remaining 50% is raised through private donations and fundraising efforts.
Sean O’Sullivan who has served as secretary and chairman of the team tells of a lighter moment that happened during their years of service, involving a honeymoon couple:
Today from 2.00pm to 4.30pm, the celebrations will include an open day at the Mountain Rescue Station, on the grounds of Killarney Garda Station.