The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team has been selected to receive the Laochra ChiarraÍ award for 2019 which recognises exemplary leadership in community activity in the county.

The announcement was made on Radio Kerry on 25 January 2019.

The award will be presented at the Association’s annual Oiche Chiarraí which will be held in the iconic Croke Park on Saturday, 30 March 2019.

The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team, was formed in 1966 following the deaths of two climbers on the mountains of Southwest Ireland, and since then has come to the assistance of numerous climbers and walkers in distress in the region.

Team membership is entirely voluntary and the 35 active team members come from all walks of life, but all are active and accomplished walkers and mountaineers in their own right who give of their time in the most challenging of situations and at all hours to assist those in need .

All team members are qualified to Advanced Rescue Emergency Care (REC) First Aid Level, and first Aid training is undertaken on a regular basis to ensure that the skills of each team member are continually maintained, and the most up-to-date developments in emergency medicine are utilized.