Popular teacher Kieran Halliwell sent family a photo of himself on top of a mountain before falling to his death.
The 35-year-old died after climbing Mweelrea Peak in County Mayo. Irelandalone, heard an investigation.
The popular teacher and semi-professional footballer was found unresponsive on the ‘steep section’ of Mweelrea on August 18, 2021.
Chief Medical Examiner Timothy Brennand read a number of statements during the hearing, including one from Kieran’s father, Robert, who described his son as his “best friend” and a “very experienced” rock climber.
Kieren died after deciding to climb the mountain alone while on a family holiday in Ireland.
He stayed behind when everyone else went home so he could wander around Mweelrea and meet up with friends from the university afterwards.
Kieran’s pal Daniel Sammon, who was the last person to see him alive, told the inquest he warned the 35-year-old not to climb the “dangerous” climb alone.
Daniel also said Kieren was “in good shape” when he went and didn’t make much of the clearly visible cloud covering the top half of the summit.
It comes as the inquest learned how Kieran sent his mother a haunting final picture of himself atop a very cloudy Mweelrea before he died.
“We texted him back that it looked foggy behind him,” said Kieran’s father Robert.
“We did not get any response.”
After more time had passed, his parents reported Kieran to the Irish police, the Garda, as missing. They also traveled back to Ireland to look for him.
A huge search effort that included helicopters, drones and dogs finally found the beloved teacher’s body “around tea time,” Robert said.
“We were shocked and devastated. We were ashen, we had lost our son.
“We really don’t know what happened on the mountain or how far he fell, but we can only assume he slipped.”
A post-mortem revealed that Kieran died of complications from a “pulmonary hemorrhage” caused by his fatal fall. No medical conditions were implicated in his death, according to the inquest.
In a touching statement, Robert said his son “loved his job” as a teacher.
He said: “He was so respected that he was often invited by their parents to the homes of children he was caring for. They loved him and he returned that affection.”
At the time of his death, Kieran was working as Head of English at New Park School in Eccles.
“I am devastated. I lost my best friend. We did everything together,” said Robert.
Coroner Brennand said the young man’s death was the result of an “accident”.
He said: “I don’t want my conclusions to be misconstrued because I hold a critical view or because I believe this was an ill-considered attempt on a challenging mountain.
“He was fit, experienced and well equipped. Therefore, this is just one of the tragedies that can happen to any climber at any time and under any circumstances.
“Kieran died pursuing one of his many pastimes. Kieran died enjoying life to the fullest. This only serves to underline the sense of loss in this case.
“I hope it is a comfort to the family and friends of the deceased.
“In his short life, Kieran gave others the benefit of his wealth of experience, intelligence and inspiration.
“I am truly sorry for their loss and offer them my condolences.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18419865/loved-teacher-sent-selfie-before-mountain-plunge/ The ‘popular’ teacher, 35, sent a selfie to family from the mountaintop before falling to his death