Tribute to Anthony Doorhy, 60, who died after falling near Sligo Waterfall


It pays tribute to a man in his 60s from Galway who died after falling 20m into a stream near Ireland’s largest waterfall on the Sligo-Leitrim border while hiking in the mountains.

nthony Doorhy, from Loughrea, County Galway, was reported missing around 7pm on Monday and a rescue operation has been launched.

Mr Doorhy, who was in his 60s, was walking in the Devil’s Chimney area of ​​Glencar on Monday night when he fell.

A major search operation was launched after he was reported missing and Gardaí said he had been found but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

His family thanked everyone involved in the rescue attempt.

A statement on read: “Anthony tragically passed away from this life following an accident on Monday 1st August. Predeceased by his parents Paddy and Bridget, brother Paddy and sister Peggy.

“Anthony is greatly missed by his partner Marcela, daughters Carmel and Yvonne and their mother Ann, sons-in-law Michael and Richie, grandchildren Richie and Ryan, brother Willie, sisters Nora, Delia and Mary, nieces and nephews and family, Relatives, neighbors and many friends.

“The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all the emergency services workers who assisted Anthony at the scene and were so kind to them.”

Mr Doorhy was holidaying in the area with his partner when the accident happened.

Councilor Jimmy McClearn said the Ballydugan community was in shock after the tragedy. “I knew the man to see, he played music for many years and was well known and he was clearly an active man.

“It’s devastating for his family and partner.

“It’s a very tight-knit community there in Ballydugan, I know he’s had great interactions with his neighbors. It is a true tragedy and the condolences of the entire community go out to his extended family.”

Henry Doherty, from Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue (SLMR), told “First we got the call at 7pm to search for a missing man.

“He was coming back from the mountain and became disoriented. We found him about 500m from the track. It’s pretty easy to get lost in the mountains if you are unfamiliar or experienced in this environment.

“Some people’s perceptions can be different from the way they went up from the way they went down.”

Mr Doherty said it was possible the man “couldn’t find his way back” but “unfortunately he slipped and tragically fell about 20m.”

A local landowner helped the search and rescue team locate the man and Mr Doherty said this local knowledge was “key” to locating the man.

The information led to the team locating the man about 40 minutes after arriving at the scene.

“Unfortunately, the man had fallen into a creek,” said Mr. Doherty. “It was found at the bottom of a ravine and the creek had swollen due to bad weather.”

The rescue operation involved 10 members of the Irish Coastguard’s Strandhill-based helicopter, the National Ambulance Service and the Gardaí. The Irish Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 118, was also at the scene.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to Sligo University Hospital and a coroner will rule on the cause of death.

Mr Doherty said the rescue team was upset at the loss of the man and offered their condolences to his family and loved ones.

Meanwhile, he urged the general public to always exercise caution when embarking on a mountain hike due to the uncertainty of geographic and weather conditions.

“Make sure you prepare properly for the day,” he said. “The mountains are there to be enjoyed, but first check the weather and that you have appropriate footwear, clothing and enough food and water for the day and in case difficulties arise due to weather changes.

“It’s possible you’ll be out a lot longer than expected, so be prepared with food, water and clothing.

“Tell someone where you’re going, what time you expect to be back, and make sure your cell phone is fully charged to call 911 if you get into trouble.”

The Devil’s Chimney is a popular mountain hike that is a 130m climb.

The waterfall is called Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird which means stream against the height. This refers to the appearance of the waterfall blowing upwards in certain weather conditions. Tribute to Anthony Doorhy, 60, who died after falling near Sligo Waterfall

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