Climb to Remember

*Participants must be over 16 years old. 

Remember Loved Ones and Support the Mercy Hospital

Climb to Remember is a wonderful way to reflect on, and remember a loved one who has passed away. The unexpected friendships, the stunning sights, the little struggles and the huge sense of achievement on the day is all so inspirational.

When you lose a loved one, you feel as though life will never again be the same. The Climb to Remember is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and remember someone who’s passed on. I find doing the climbs really therapeutic, and even though they can be tough in parts, I love the fact that I’m doing it in memory of that special person.”  -Betty O’Sullivan Halpin, Climb to Remember Founder 

Registration for the 2018 Climb to Remember has now closed

Sunday, 24th June 2018 – Carrauntoohil, Co Kerry 

Equipment required to take part in; *participants will not be permitted to take part in the climb without the appropriate equipment. 

  • Hiking Boots (compulsory) – hiking shoes will not be sufficient for these particular climbs.
  • Adequate wet gear & dry clothing
  • Small backpack
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Sun Cream
  • Poles (optional)
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Food & hot drink (essential)
  • Snacks such as chocolate or other high energy food
  • Minimum of 1 litre of fluid

Important: This is a guided climb. No participants are to go ahead of the lead guide or behind the end guide. The Mercy Hospital Foundation cannot accept responsibility for any participant who does not stay within the group. 


Sign-in will take place at Cronin’s Yard from 9 am till 9:45 am. At 10 am sharp participants will begin their climb from Cronin’s Yard to the summit of Carrauntoohil. The climb will take around 5 ½ – 6 hours including a break.  Please note: there is a €2 car parking fee. Please let us know if you are arriving in a bus. No dogs are allowed on the mountain.

Directions to Cronin’s Yard

From Killarney: Take the N72 (Ring of Kerry road) towards Killorglin. After Fossa Village, turn left for the Gap of Dunloe. Continue on this road for approximately 8km until you come to Kissane’s Shop and Maxol Service Station. Go over a small bridge and take the next left (signposted for Cronin’s Yard and Tea Room, Carrauntoohil). Proceed to the end of this road, approximately 3km to Cronin’s Yard. Click here for more information about Cronin’s Yard.


It will take about 15 minutes walk from Cronin’s Yard to base of Carrauntohill.  Travelling up Brother O Shea’s Gully and past the Beenkeeragh Ridge you will reach the top of Brother O Shea’s and will be greeted with a spectacular view down into Coomloughra with Dingle Bay and the Brandon group to the northwest. Passing the top of the Central and Curved Gullies you will emerge onto the summit. After reaching the summit and following a break for photographs and food you will begin your descent back to Cronin’s Yard down the Devils Ladder. Please note, routes are subject to change depending on the weather on the day.

Friends of the Reeks

If you would like to be part of the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Project, click here to read more about this initiative.


For further information please contact Deirdre on 021 4223135 or email