Preparations underway for body of tragic Kildare man to be brought home from Russia for funeral

Preparations underway for body of Kildare man to be brought home from Russia for funeral

File Photo of climbers on Mount Elbrus

Steps are being taken to repatriate the body of tragic Alan Mahon who lost his life on Mount Elbrus in Russia. 

Alan Mahon (40), a native of Monasterevin, died after becoming caught in bad weather on the Russian mountain.

Alan, who was living in Richardstown in Kildangan, was descending the mountain with a group of other Irish climbers.

A preliminary death notice published today states that Funeral arrangements will be announced later pending the repatriation. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs has offered consular assistance to the Mahon family. 

The death notice states that Alan is "much loved and sadly missed by his wife and best friend Deirdre, his adored children Nora, Alice and Ollie."

He is also survived by his parents Dennis (Dee) and Teresa, brothers Barry and Dennis, parents-in-law, Francis and Marie Quigley, sisters-in-law Mary, Aoife, Margaret and Caroline, brothers-in-law Michael and John.

Also mourning the loss are aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and colleagues.

Alan and his climbing group got into difficulty when descending Mount Elbrus on Sunday and were forced to take refuge in a nearby safety hut for two nights.

It’s reported that the group lost their way while descending the mountain at the altitude of around 5,250 meters (17,224 feet) due to poor visibility, according to an official statement.

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