Kerry Mountain Rescue honoured with civic reception to mark 50 years

Kerry Mountain Rescue was today honoured with a civic reception to mark its 50 years in existence.

The team attended an event at Kerry County Council this lunchtime.

The group was established in 1966 following the deaths of two climbers.

The team of 35 volunteers are called out to an average 40 incidents every year.

In 2015, they were tasked to 48 incidents, taking up over 1,300 rescue hours, with the same amount of time spent on training.

Chairperson of Kerry Mountain Rescue, Jimmy Laide says they’re very honoured by today’s reception.