Irish woman dies during charity fundraiser in Kenya

Mount Kilimanjaro painting
A 1911 painting of Mount Kilimanjaro.

An Irish woman in her thirties died on Friday (14 July) following a road traffic accident in Kenya.

The woman is understood to be from the Cork/Waterford area who worked for a company in County Cork.

She was in the East African country to take part in a charity fundraiser and was due to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as part of her trip.

Her family members were notified of the sad news on Friday afternoon and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance will liaise with her family over the next few days to arrange the repatriation of the body.

At the current time, the exact cause of the accident is not known.

Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania and a popular destination for climbers and charity fundraisers. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.