Limerick comedian reaches peak of Africa’s highest mountain

Limerick comedian Dermot Whelan recently successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

A LIMERICK man and well-known comedian has achieved a significant milestone as he reached the peak of Africa’s highest mountain.

Dermot Whelan reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro on Wednesday (January 25), after almost a week of trekking.

The former Today FM radio presenter set off on the climb with the help of expedition and travel company Earth’s Edge.

Posting on his Instagram account on Wednesday, Mr Whelan shared a photo of himself in front of a sign reading “Mount Kilimanjaro. Congratulations, you are now at Uhuru Peak Tanzania 5895M/1984FT. Africa’s highest point, world’s highest free standing mountain. One of the world’s largest volcanoes. World heritage wonder of Africa.”

The Limerick comedian triumphantly captioned his photo with a simple :”It happened!”

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It’s reported that Mr Whelan and his group reached the summit at midnight.

In an Instagram reel, posted from the summit, Mr Whelan described the climb as “the hardest thing I’ve done”.

“We got to the top. It was dodgy there for a while lads. That is without a doubt the hardest, hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he says in his social media post.

“It was unbelievably tough, but we’re all in good spirits.”

Signing off his post, he quipped: “Now we’ve got to walk down!”