Irish woman (35) dies while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

A 35-year-old Irish woman has died while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The woman has been named locally as Majella Duffy from Rathcormac, Co Cork. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Ms Duffy’s family members were notified of her death on Friday afternoon. The Department of Foreign Affairs will liaise with her family in coming days on bringing home her body.

It is understood Ms Duffy decided to take on the challenge of climbing the mountain in memory of her late father, who died of a heart attack, and to raise money for the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF).

She had been well-known in the bodybuilding community in Ireland.

Changed her life

In her online fundraising page prior to the trip she said her father’s death had changed her life.

“I lost my dad, who was only 47 years old, to a massive heart attack 15 years ago. My entire life turned upside down in just a few minutes and was never going to be the same again.”

Anne Riordan, IHF regional spokeswoman, said the organisation was very saddened by the passing of Majella.

“It is desperately sad. I only met her a few times when she approached us about fundraising but she was such a lovely wonderful person. She was just fantastic. She raised nearly…

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