Council honours Irish explorer Pat Falvey

Released: 16 June 2008

On Monday, June 16th, Kerry County Council held a Civic Reception for Pat Falvey in recognition of his achievement in leading the first Irish expedition to reach the South Pole earlier this year.


Pat Falvey is the only person to have completed the Seven Summits challenge twice (to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents) and has climbed Mount Everest from both the Nepal and Tibet sides, the first Irish person to do so.


At the start of 2008, he led the Irish team, comprising of Dr Clare O’Leary, Shaun Menzies, and Jonathon Bradshaw to the South Pole, walking over 1,100km for almost 60 days, pulling sledges weighing over 150 kilos.  


Pat has over 62 high adventurers completed around the world to his credit, acting as team leader on most of them. His expeditions have led him to the highest, coldest and most remote regions on our planet. He is the first Irish person to reach the summit of Everest from both the Tibet and Nepal side, while he has returned time and again to Antarctica to conquer their expanses.


Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Michael Healy Rae, stated that he was delighted to honour Pat Falvey on his exceptional achievement.


“At the age of 29 Pat took up hill-walking, and just six years later achieved his goal of standing at the top of the highest point on our planet, Mount Everest.

“This and his expedition to the South Pole requires planning, training, person and physical strength and bravery – all of which Pat has in abundance. He is an inspiration to all of us, and most deserving of this honour bestowed on his today.”


Pat Falvey also runs a successful outdoor adventure business in Kerry and provides a wide range of services to keen outdoor enthusiasts at all levels. Currently he has three major expeditions at planning stage.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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