EVEREST SUMMARY

From an Irish climber perspective (Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), Everest has been climbed 82 times by 64 Irish climbers (9 women, 55 men), with a total of 154 Irish attempts to date by 105 different climbers. According to the Himalayan Database, by the start of the 2024 Spring season Everest has been successfully climbed 11,997 times since the first ascent by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953. The route split was 8351 South (70% via Nepal) and 3646 North (30% via Tibet). The gender split was 11,112 Male (93%) and 885 Female (7%). The average age of summiteers by the start of 2024 Spring season was 35.4 years while the average age of Irish summiteers is 41.7 years. Of the 11,997 summits to date, 225 (1.9%) were achieved without supplementary oxygen, 11,772 (98.1%) were achieved with bottled oxygen. There are 340 deaths recorded on Everest up to the end of the 2024 Spring season, including 4 Irish fatalities over the years. 

Collating Everest stats for ‘Irish climbers‘ is complex because it spans climbers from two different geopolitical jurisdictions on the island of Ireland (Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), and also includes overseas climbers with Irish citizenship who climb on an Irish passport and claim their summits as an Irish success. For the purposes of this assessment, we assume the following to be defined as Irish summits of Everest:

  • Born in Republic of Ireland
  • Born in Northern Ireland
  • Resident in Republic of Ireland at time of climb
  • Resident in Northern Ireland at time of climb
  • Born or Resident overseas but climb as Irish citizen

For the purpose of this analysis we list successful Irish summits from all groups mentioned above. This is not a political statement, merely a method of identifying those who we believe should be included in this assessment. This data is researched from a range of different published sources and first hand accounts. Thank you to the team who maintain and manage the Himalayan Database for enabling access to some of the data used for this assessment.

EVEREST STATISTICS (1921-2024)

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EVEREST - THE IRISH STATS

EVEREST - THE IRISH STORY

Everest had been climbed 82 times by 64 different Irish climbers (ROI & NI). In total, there have been 154 Irish attempts to climb Everest by 105 different Irish climbers. The headline stats are as follows…

– Everest has been climbed 82 times by 64 Irish climbers (9 women, 55 men) since the first Irish success in 1993.
– The geographic split of successful summits is 34 Northern Ireland, 44 Republic of Ireland and 4 Irish Diaspora.
– The preferred route for successful Irish summits is 70% via Nepal (South) versus 30% via Tibet (North).
– Irish success rate on Everest is 53%, while there have been four Irish fatalities in 2005, 2011 & two in 2019.
– 44 of 64 (69%) Irish climbers who summited Everest had not attempted another 8000m peak previously. 

– The first Irish climber to reach the summit of Everest was Dawson Stelfox from Antrim in 1993.
– The 1993 summit by Dawson Stelfox was the first North side ascent by a climber from Britain or Ireland.
– Noel Hanna (Co. Down) has 10 Everest summits – Noel died on Annapurna in 2023.
– Robert Smith (Co. Tyrone) has 8 Everest summits – Robert is an accomplished mountain guide.
– Pat Falvey & Lynne Hanna have 2 Everest summits each – once from each side (Nepal & Tibet).
– Linda Blakely (Armagh), Robert Smith (Tyrone) & Darragh Ó hAodha (Cork) summitted Everest & Lhotse in 24 hours.
– Linda Blakely’s Everest-Lhotse in 2018 was the first ‘same season double’ by a climber from Britain or Ireland.
– Michéal and Éoin Brogan from Tyrone are the only Irish Father-Son combination to reach the summit (2024).

– The youngest Irish citizen to summit is Anselm Murphy (24). Youngest Irish born to summit is Rob Mortell (26).
– The oldest Irish citizen to reach the summit of Everest was David Keating from Limerick (58 + 131 days) in 2024.
– The average age of successful Irish climbers on Everest is 41.7 years old as of end of May 2024.
– The earliest summit date by an Irish climber is 7th May 2010 by Domhnall O’Dochertaigh.
– The latest summit date by an Irish climber is 5th June 2005 by Grania Willis.
– The earliest summit time by an Irish climber is 01:10am on 21st May 2011 by Noel Hanna.
– The latest summit time by an Irish climber is 11:36am on 22nd May 2007 by Bill Hanlon.
– Four Irish climbers died on Everest: Seán Egan (2005), John Delaney (2011), Seamus Lawless (2019) & Kevin Hynes (2019).
– Noel & Lynne Hanna hold the world record for the 1st married couple to summit together from both sides (2009 & 2016).
– Charles Howard-Bury from Westmeath lead the 1st Reconnaissance Expedition to Everest in 1921 which included George Mallory.
– Edmund Hillary’s grandmother came from Clondra in Longford. His other grandparents were from Yorkshire in England.
– R.W.G. Hingston from Passage West in Cork was medical officer & naturalist to the 1924 Everest expedition.
– The biggest natural disasters on Everest took place in 2015 (Earthquake/Avalanche), 2014 (Avalanche) & 2006 (Weather).

An Everest expedition typically lasts 60 days, with the first 20 days spent hiking and intensely climbing 6000m peaks along the way to adapt to the altitude, and slowly move towards Base Camp. The following two weeks are spent making progressive advances up the mountain itself and back to base camp to adapt to the higher altitudes (these are called ‘rotations’). Summit windows typically appear from 2nd week of May onward and can be as short as 48 hours or as long as a week. This window requires the jet stream to move away from the summit of the mountain just long enough to enable climbing to the top. Normally the summit window opens around 15th May and closes around 25th of May – but it varies each year.

The first Irish success in 1993 took the North Ridge (1960 Chinese route) and included: Dawson Stelfox (Leader), Frank Nugent (Deputy Leader), Dermot Somers, Robbie Fenlon, Mike Barry, Richard O’Neill-Dean, Mick Murphy and Tony Burke. The full list of all successful Irish summits is further below.

IRISH SUMMITS (1993-2024)

The list below captures the 82 summits of Everest by Irish climbers (combination of climbers originally from Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland or overseas climbers resident in ROI or NI at time of climb or overseas climbers with Irish citizenship at time of climb). This list has been researched using data from the Himalayan Database along with our own independent research to produce the 1st complete record of all Irish on Everest. The map above is restricted to just those who can be linked to Irish counties, hence it does not capture those with Irish connections or Irish citizenship who are not easily aligned to a specific county. Hence the table below is a more complete data set. Please contact Paul with any correction and cite this website when using stats or info shown here.

#Climber NameAgePermit From/ResidenceRoute TakenSummit DateTimeYear
1Dawson Stelfox35Antrim / AntrimNorth (Tibet)27/05/199310:071993
2Pat Falvey37Cork / CorkNorth (Tibet)27/05/199509:001995
3Mick Murphy44Cork / CorkSouth (Nepal)22/05/200310:002003
4Gerard McDonnell32Limerick / USASouth (Nepal)22/05/200311:102003
5Terence Bannon35Down / DownNorth (Tibet)31/05/200308:002003
6Pat Falvey46Cork / KerrySouth (Nepal)18/05/200406:452004
7Clare O'Leary33Cork / CorkSouth (Nepal)18/05/200406:452004
8Samantha O'Carroll27Cork / CorkSouth (Nepal)27/05/200410:202004
9Humphrey Murphy41Dublin / DonegalNorth (Tibet)30/05/200507:102005
10Grania Willis49Dublin / DublinNorth (Tibet)05/06/200506:002005
11Fergal Corrigan31Fermanagh / TyroneNorth (Tibet)17/05/200606:402006
12Neill Elliot33Fermanagh / FermanaghNorth (Tibet)17/05/200606:402006
13Raymond Hassard33Fermanagh / FermanaghNorth (Tibet)17/05/200606:402006
14Chris Bell32Antrim / EnglandSouth (Nepal)19/05/200609:402006
15Noel Hanna39Down / DownNorth (Tibet)21/05/200607:352006
16Ian McKeever37Wicklow / WicklowNorth (Tibet)16/05/200708:002007
17Tom Lehane49Cork / EnglandSouth (Nepal)17/05/200707:302007
18Hannah Shields42Derry / DerryNorth (Tibet)19/05/200707:002007
19Bill Hanlon52Wexford / CanadaSouth (Nepal)22/05/200711:362007
20Nigel Hart41Antrim / AntrimSouth (Nepal)23/05/200706:292007
21Roger McMorrow 31Antrim / DublinSouth (Nepal)24/05/200707:552007
22Michael O'Dwyer32Dublin / DublinSouth (Nepal)24/05/200707:552007
23John Dowd53Kerry / KerrySouth (Nepal)21/05/200807:452008
24Anselm Murphy *24Irish Citizen / EnglandSouth (Nepal)21/05/200810:302008
25Ian Taylor29Kildare / KildareSouth (Nepal)23/05/200806:102008
26Noel Hanna42Down / DownSouth (Nepal)21/05/200904:002009
27Lynne Hanna47Down / DownSouth (Nepal)21/05/200904:002009
28Christopher Jones45Unknown / GalwaySouth (Nepal)21/05/200907:402009
29Domhnall O'Dochartaigh **35Irish Citizen / CanadaSouth (Nepal)07/05/201006:002010
30James Haydock ***48Lancashire / DublinSouth (Nepal)22/05/201006:002010
31Noel Hanna43Down / DownSouth (Nepal)23/05/201003:152010
32Vivian Rigney39Dublin / USASouth (Nepal)23/05/201009:002010
33Fergus White 37Dublin / DublinSouth (Nepal)23/05/201006:452010
34Geoffrey Chambers 46Armagh / ArmaghSouth (Nepal)16/05/201106:152011
35Basil Geoghegan43Dublin / DublinSouth (Nepal)19/05/201107:252011
36Gavin Bate ****44Kent / DownSouth (Nepal)20/05/201110:002011
37Noel Hanna 44Down / DownNorth (Tibet)21/05/201101:102011
38Mark Quinn27Limerick / LimerickNorth (Tibet)21/05/201105:452011
39Martin Byrne58Offaly / TipperaryNorth (Tibet)26/05/201111:302011
40Noel Hanna45Down / DownNorth (Tibet)20/05/201208:002012
41Cian O'Brolchain32Dublin / DublinSouth (Nepal)25/05/201206:002012
42Albert Connaughton49Dublin / DublinSouth (Nepal)25/05/201207:002012
43Peter O'Connell29Galway / GalwaySouth (Nepal)13/05/201306:302013
44Seán Mooney *****27Irish Citizen / CanadaSouth (Nepal)19/05/201305:392013
45Jason Black42Donegal / DonegalNorth (Tibet)19/05/201307:002013
46Noel Hanna 46Down / DownNorth (Tibet)20/05/201305:302013
47Brian Meskell33Limerick / LimerickNorth (Tibet)22/05/201306:002013
48Robert Smith42Tyrone / ScotlandNorth (Tibet)22/05/201306:002013
49Kieran Lally54Mayo / DublinSouth (Nepal)23/05/201305:302013
50Noel Hanna47Down / DownNorth (Tibet)24/05/201406:302014
51Derek Mahon52Dublin / DublinNorth (Tibet)24/05/201406:302014
52Robert Smith43Tyrone / ScotlandNorth (Tibet)25/05/201408:002014
53Mary Scannell41Kerry / EnglandSouth (Nepal)13/05/201609:452016
54Noel Hanna49Down / DownNorth (Tibet)21/05/201606:452016
55Lynne Hanna54Down / DownNorth (Tibet)21/05/201606:452016
56Robert Mortell26Limerick / LimerickNorth (Tibet)23/05/201608:452016
57John Burke38Clare / ClareSouth (Nepal)16/05/201709:302017
58Terry Kelleher56Dublin / DublinSouth (Nepal)22/05/201707:302017
59Robert Smith 46Tyrone / ScotlandSouth (Nepal)22/05/201704:402017
60Rory McHugh40Dublin / EnglandSouth (Nepal)26/05/201711:002017
61Louise McEvoy49Dublin / USASouth (Nepal)16/05/201811:002018
62Linda Blakely44Armagh / LondonSouth (Nepal)17/05/201807:482018
63Adrian McNally41Meath / MeathSouth (Nepal)17/05/201805:302018
64Robert Smith47Tyrone / ScotlandSouth (Nepal)19/05/201806:582018
65Kevin Hynes55Galway / GalwaySouth (Nepal)21/05/201805:302018
66Noel Hanna52Down / DownSouth (Nepal)16/05/201908:302019
67Seamus Lawless39Wicklow / WicklowSouth (Nepal)16/05/201908:302019
68Jenny Copeland40Meath / DublinSouth (Nepal)16/05/201908:302019
69Robert Smith48Tyrone / ScotlandSouth (Nepal)23/05/201907:002019
70Noel Hanna54Down / DownSouth (Nepal)12/05/202108:302021
71Ronan Murphy40Dublin / EnglandSouth (Nepal)23/05/202109:152021
72Robert Smith50Tyrone / ScotlandSouth (Nepal)23/05/202110:102021
73Jonathan 'Duke' Ruane42Sligo / SligoSouth (Nepal)15/05/202205:302022
74Robert Smith51Tyrone / ScotlandSouth (Nepal)20/05/202208:002022
75Johnny Ward39Down / ThailandSouth (Nepal)17/05/202211:002023
76Ryan O'Sullivan27Sligo / SligoSouth (Nepal)24/05/202304:352023
77David Keating58Limerick / LimerickSouth (Nepal)13/05/2024TBC2024
78Michael Fortune41Dublin / DublinSouth (Nepal)13/05/2024TBC2024
79Darragh Ó hAodhaTBCCork / CorkSouth (Nepal)21/05/2024TBC2024
80Robert Smith53Tyrone / ScotlandSouth (Nepal)23/05/2024TBC2024
81Éoin Brogan30Tyrone / WestmeathSouth (Nepal)24/05/2024TBC2024
82Michéal Brogan55Tyrone / WestmeathSouth (Nepal)24/05/2024TBC2024

* Anselm Murphy climbs on his Irish passport. He was born in London and lives in England. His father is from Co. Wexford.
** Domhnall O’Dochartaigh climbs on his Irish passport. He was born in Scotland and lives in Canada. His father is Irish.
*** James Haydock is from Blackburn UK, but Dublin has been his and his family’s home for many years now.
**** Gavin Bate is originally from Kent UK, but has lived in Northern Ireland for over 25 years.
***** Sean Mooney climbs on his Irish & Canadian passport and was born in Canada. His father is Irish.

ALL IRISH ATTEMPTS (1993-2024)

There has been 154 Irish attempts on Everest since the first in 1993. While 82 of those 154 attempts proved successful, it is fascinating to see how close many others came to the summit. In particular it is fascinating to see how many climbers had to turn around above 8000m. This must have been a very difficult decision for each to make, and anyone who has been to extreme altitude will acknowledge the incredible strength and effort it takes to get that far. It is also remarkable to note how many people did not make it on the first attempt. Gavin Bate reached the summit on his 5th attempt. Pat Falvey had two successes, but also turned around on two attempts, once with just 50 meters from the summit. Martin Byrne finally made it on his 4th expedition. Others were not so lucky but their persistence is incredibly noteworthy, including Patricia McGuirk who made three attempts, getting to 8650m on the third time, but not reaching the summit. It is also interesting to see how high each of the 1993 team managed to reach on that first expedition. Dawson rightly gets the plaudits for reaching the summit, but many of his teammates almost made it too. Interestingly only one of that team went back to try again – Mick Murphy would succeed on the second attempt 10 years later in 2003. There has only been one recorded Irish attempt without bottled oxygen, by James McManus from Tipperary in Spring 2022. James reached 7,850m on this third and final rotation, but was unable to proceed further. He returned in 2024 to attempt Everest via the North side, but abandoned that climb following delays to the issuing of permits by the Chinese authorities. 

#NameAgeBorn / FromPermit AddressReached (m)SummitYear
1Dawson Stelfox35AntrimAntrim8848Yes1993
2Frank Nugent44DublinDublin8680No1993
3Robbie Fenlon28DonegalDonegal8500No1993
4Tony Burke29IrelandWales8500No1993
5Richard O'Neill-Dean39IrelandNew Zealand8000No1993
6Mike Barry39KerryKerry7700No1993
7Mick Murphy33CorkCork7700No1993
8Dermot Somers45WicklowWicklow7700No1993
9Pat Falvey36CorkCork7800No1993
10Pat Falvey37CorkCork8848Yes1995
11Seán Smith33IrelandEnglandNo DataNo1995
12Greg Conley49IrelandScotland6400No1997
13Josephine Kieran44LouthLouth8750No1998
14Carl Flynn44DublinDublin7900No1999
15Marcella Dunne42DublinDublinNo DataNo1999
16Gavin Bate33EnglandDown8300No2000
17Mick Long40KerryKerryNo DataNo2001
18William Canning35TyroneTyrone8600No2002
19John Neville26IrelandCork7500No2002
20Patricia McGuirk42KerryKerry7000No2002
21Pat Falvey45CorkKerry8800No2003
22Gerard McDonnell32LimerickUSA8848Yes2003
23Mick Murphy44CorkCork8848Yes2003
24Clare O'Leary31CorkCork7300No2003
25Hannah Shields38DerryDerry8400No2003
26George Shorten41CorkCork7300No2003
27Terence Bannon35DownDown8848Yes2003
28Richard Dougan26ArmaghArmagh8650No2003
29Stephen Synnott46DownDown6400No2003
30Martin Duggan50ArmaghArmagh5200No2003
31Patricia McGuirk43KerryKerry7400No2003
32Pat Falvey46CorkKerry8848Yes2004
33Clare O'Leary33CorkCork8848Yes2004
34John Joyce43GalwayGalway6100No2004
35Samantha O'Carroll27CorkCork8848Yes2004
36Mick Long43KerryKerry7600No2004
37Mark Carr52DownDownNo DataNo2004
38Bridget Rossiter-O'Flynn43WexfordWexfordNo DataNo2004
39Humphrey Murphy41DublinDonegal8848Yes2005
40Grania Willis49DublinDublin8848Yes2005
41Gavin Bate38EnglandDown8760No2005
42Noel Hanna38DownDown7050No2005
43Lynne Stark43DownDown7050No2005
44Seán Egan (D)63ClareCanada6000No2005
45Fergal Corrigan31FermanaghTyrone8848Yes2006
46Neill Elliot33FermanaghFermanagh8848Yes2006
47Raymond Hassard33FermanaghFermanagh8848Yes2006
48Noel Hanna39DownDown8848Yes2006
49Patricia McGuirk46KerryKerry8650No2006
50George Shorten45CorkCork7400No2006
51Geoffrey Weir46DownDown7300No2006
52Chris Bell32AntrimEngland8848Yes2006
53Ian McKeever37WicklowWicklow8848Yes2007
54Tom Lehane49CorkEngland8848Yes2007
55Hannah Shields42DerryDerry8848Yes2007
56Bill Hanlon52WexfordCanada8848Yes2007
57Nigel Hart41AntrimAntrim8848Yes2007
58Roger McMorrow31AntrimDublin8848Yes2007
59Michael O'Dwyer32DublinDublin8848Yes2007
60Gavin Bate40EnglandDown8600No2007
61Martin Byrne54OffalyTipperary7400No2007
62Patrick Doyle42IrelandEngland7100No2007
63Geoffrey Weir47DownDown7000No2007
64John Dowd53KerryKerry8848Yes2008
65Anselm Murphy24Irish CitizenEngland8848Yes2008
66Ian Taylor29KildareKildare8848Yes2008
67Graham Kinch29DublinDublin8500No2008
68Timothy O'Connor31KerryKerry8500No2008
69Peter White62DublinDublin8000No2008
70James O'Leary28CorkCork7300No2008
71Noel Hanna42DownDown8848Yes2009
72Lynne Hanna47DownDown8848Yes2009
73Christopher Jones45IrelandGalway8848Yes2009
74Martin Byrne56OffalyTipperary8750No2009
75Eddie Greene41LouthLouth8700No2009
76Gavin Bate42EnglandDown8500No2009
77Domhnall O'Dochartaigh35Irish CitizenCanada8848Yes2010
78James Haydock48EnglandDublin8848Yes2010
79Noel Hanna43DownDown8848Yes2010
80Vivian Rigney39DublinUSA8848Yes2010
81Fergus White37DublinDublin8848Yes2010
82Martin Byrne57OffalyTipperary8300No2010
83Geoffrey Chambers46ArmaghArmagh8848Yes2011
84Basil Geoghegan43DublinDublin8848Yes2011
85Gavin Bate44EnglandDown8848Yes2011
86Noel Hanna44DownDown8848Yes2011
87Mark Quinn27LimerickLimerick8848Yes2011
88Martin Byrne58OffalyTipperary8848Yes2011
89John Delaney (D)41LaoisKildare8800No2011
90Noel Hanna45DownDown8848Yes2012
91Cian O'Brolchain32DublinDublin8848Yes2012
92Albert Connaughton49DublinDublin8848Yes2012
93Peter O'Connell29GalwayGalway8848Yes2013
94Seán Mooney27Irish CitizenCanada8848Yes2013
95Jason Black42DonegalDonegal8848Yes2013
96Noel Hanna46DownDown8848Yes2013
97Brian Meskell33LimerickLimerick8848Yes2013
98Robert Smith42TyroneScotland8848Yes2013
99Kieran Lally54MayoDublin8848Yes2013
100Siobhan McFeeney41DublinUSA7400No2013
101Noel Hanna47DownDown8848Yes2014
102Derek Mahon52DublinDublin8848Yes2014
103Robert Smith43TyroneScotland8848Yes2014
104Patrick Butler59AntrimAntrim7000No2014
105Paul Devaney36LongfordLongford5380No2014
106Niall O'Byrnes36KildareKildare5380No2014
107Paul Greenan38DublinDublin6100No2015
108Robert Smith44TyroneScotland6100No2015
109Noel Hanna48DownDown5800No2015
110Paul Devaney37LongfordLongford5700No2015
111Siobhan McFeeney43DublinUSA6100No2015
112Mary Scannell41KerryEngland8848Yes2016
113Noel Hanna49DownDown8848Yes2016
114Lynne Hanna54DownDown8848Yes2016
115Robert Mortell26LimerickLimerick8848Yes2016
116John Burke38ClareClare8848Yes2017
117Terry Kelleher56DublinDublin8848Yes2017
118Robert Smith46TyroneScotland8848Yes2017
119Rory McHugh40DublinEngland8848Yes2017
120Justin Condon43DublinUSA7200No2017
121Paul Greenan41DublinDublin7100No2018
122Denis O'Brien60CorkCork7200No2018
123Louise McEvoy49DublinUSA8848Yes2018
124Linda Blakely44ArmaghEngland8848Yes2018
125Adrian McNally41MeathMeath8848Yes2018
126Robert Smith47TyroneScotland8848Yes2018
127Kevin Hynes55GalwayGalway8848Yes2018
128Michael Keane66GalwayGalway5600No2019
129Noel Hanna52DownDown8848Yes2019
130Seamus Lawless (D)39WicklowWicklow8848Yes2019
131Jenny Copeland40MeathDublin8848Yes2019
132Kevin Hynes (D)56GalwayGalway8300No2019
133Robert Smith48TyroneScotland8848Yes2019
134Noel Hanna54DownDown8848Yes2021
135Ronan Murphy40DublinLondon8848Yes2021
136Robert Smith50TyroneScotland8848Yes2021
137Diarmuid Morrissey55WestmeathWestmeath6500No2021
138Damian Browne40GalwayAustralia7000No2021
139Jonathan 'Duke' Ruane42SligoDublin8848Yes2022
140Robert Smith51TyroneScotland8848Yes2022
141James McManus39TipperaryTipperary7300No2022
142Michéal Brogan53TyroneWestmeathEBCNo2022
143Diarmuid Morrissey56WestmeathPortugal6440No2022
144Michael Keane69GalwayGalwayEBCNo2022
145Tom Cleary28DublinDublin6440No2023
146Johnny Ward39DownThailand8848Yes2023
147Ryan O'Sullivan27SligoSligo8848Yes2023
148David Keating58LimerickLimerick8848Yes2024
149Michael Fortune41DublinDublin8848Yes2024
150Darragh Ó hAodhaTBCCorkCork8848Yes2024
151Robert Smith53TyroneScotland8848Yes2024
152Éoin Brogan30TyroneWestmeath8848Yes2024
153Michéal Brogan55TyroneWestmeath8848Yes2024
154James McManus41TipperaryTipperaryN-ANo2024

(D = denotes climbers who died during their expedition)