Climb to Remember

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 on. 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 

Join us on The Climb to Remember this year… 

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Sunday, 10th June 2018 – The Galtees, Co Cork 

Tim Higgins did the Climb to Remember in The Galtees

I did the climb in honour of my father in law John Hegarty, who passed away in March 2013 from cancer. John was the greatest man I have ever had the privilege of knowing, he lived for his family and especially his grandchildren (aged 3 to 23yrs). He was well up to speed on a variety of subjects from Peppa Pig and Iron Man to his favourite team, Tottenham Hotspurs, Cork City and Corks hurling and football teams. His absence is still raw, and is sure to be for a long time to come. I’d like to thank the Mercy Hospital Foundation for the opportunity to remember John in this way; I’m sure he and all those who left all of the climbers had something to do with the glorious day we had for the climb.

The Galtees Climb Details

Registration on the day is possible, but only if you arrive at Kings Yard at 9am. See information on directions and essential equipment below.

Sign in

Sign-in will take place at Kings Yard  from 9am till 9:45am. At 10am sharp participants will begin their climb from Kings Yard to the summit of the Galtee Mountains. The climb will take around 3 – 5 hours including a break. Click here for more information and directions to Kings Yard. Please note: there is a €2 car parking fee.


Starting at the car park, participants will follow a good, unsurfaced road passing several deserted homesteads. To the east, the two peaks of Seefin will be visible, with Knockeenatoung rising behind to the northeast. Hikers will head onto the open mountain to the plateau which is Knocknagalty, and rising majestically ahead is Galtymore, Ireland highest inland peak at 919m. From the wall end, hikers will head in an easterly direction to the top of Galtymore, where they will be treated to spectacular views of the Galtys Range, the Knockmealdowns, Comeragh Mountain Ranges, and the surrounding valleys.


Sunday, 24th June 2018 – Carrauntoohil, Co Kerry 

Carrauntoohil Climb Details 


Sign-in will take place at Cronin’s Yard from 9am till 9:45am. At 10am sharp participants will begin their climb from Cronin’s Yard to the summit of Carrauntouhil. 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.


Equipment required to take part in climbs

  • Hiking Boots (compulsory)
  • 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


For further information please contact Deirdre on 021 4223135 or email