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Mayo Mountain Rescue Team

Mayo Mountain Rescue Team is a voluntary organisation, providing essential 999/112 services to the beautiful, wild mountains and trails of County Mayo. 

Hike In The Night is an opportunity to be guided by some of the members of the team across Nephin, under the exceptional dark skies of Mayo. It’s also an opportunity to help MMRT, with all funds going directly to the running of this organisation. We thank all participants for their contribution, and we thank their friends and families who are so generous with their sponsorship and enable MMRT to continue to serve the community they are so dedicated to protecting.

This year, we have made the leap from cash to online donation system. We value the trust placed in us as a community based organisation and want to keep everything really transparent. This also means our fundraising isn't limited to our local community - donations can come from almost anywhere on the globe!

Once you have signed up for the event here, You will need to set up an online fundraising page that you can share with friends, family and colleagues all over the world. Click on "Start Fundraising" to get your linked profile. The minimum amount we ask participants to raise is €50, feel free to get as creative as you like! If you do receive offline donations, you can lodge these to a bank account and pay into the fund yourself. 

Details of the Hike in the Night challenge:

  • The route  will take approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Height gain is 725m approximately to the summit of Nephin (806m).
  • Conditions underfoot will be Boggy, with rock scree and uneven in places.
  • Level of effort - Moderate-Difficult

Mayo Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT) is a 100% Voluntary Organisation. The Team provide the Search and Rescue Emergency Service and pre hospital first aid for people in distress on the mountains of Mayo and are tasked by An Garda Síochána.

MMRT is comprised of hillwalkers and mountaineers living all over Mayo who have a common interest in the enjoyment of the outdoors.  The Team responds to emergency callouts on all the mountains in Mayo including Mweelrea, the Sheffrys, the Nephin Beg Mountain range and Achill Island. Callouts are predominantly on Croagh Patrick with up to 80% of all annual callouts being focused on the pilgrimage mountain.

The team is made up of builders, farmers, medical professionals, electricians, teachers, engineers, outdoor instructors, self-employed and civil servants, in fact men and women from all walks of life. The volunteers range in age from 25 to 70 years of age and come from all over Mayo. Some members drive up to 50 miles for the pleasure of setting off on a rescue in the rain. All volunteers have a love of the mountains in common. Most don’t talk about the fact that they joined the team to help others, but on every callout the satisfaction of the team is palpable, evident in the good humour and willingness to help and in the compassion shown to our casualties so that we can evacuate them as quickly as possible to a warmer, safer environment. 

Currently the team has approximately 35 members and obviously due to work or family commitments, it is just not possible to attend every callout, but in general about 12-15 members respond per callout. Physically and technically demanding, callouts generally take several hours, occasionally overnight or for several days in the rare case, there is a huge personal time commitment being involved with the Team.

Often our work involves close involvement with one or more of our fellow emergency services or mountain rescue teams. It is worth noting that the unofficial members of our team include family members, partners and employers of our team members because without their understanding and flexibility it would be impossible for us to do our job. The team also give support to local voluntary and statutory service providers, such as Westport Social Services ‘Meals on Wheels’, when requested during inclement weather.

As well as emergency callouts, MMRT coordinate the Rescue and Emergency Care Services on the annual pilgrimage walk of Reek Sunday in July of every year, where sometimes up to 20,000 people  have climbed the mountain in one single day. This involves months of planning and co-ordination across what has become known Reek Weekend.

In 1989 a teenager took a serious fall on the north face of Croagh Patrick and ended up on a cliff ledge, where he spent the night, in very dangerous and cold conditions which could have cost him his life. The Dublin/Wicklow MRT had to be flown across the country at first light to rescue the stranded hiker.

This was necessitated by the fact that there was no Mayo MRT.

At the 1990 AGM of Irish Mountain Rescue Association a Mayo group received approval to use the name ‘Mayo Mountain Rescue Team’.  Mayo was also to be part of the Western Mountain Rescue Association.

1997 saw the dissolution of the Western Mountain Rescue Association and the birth of the stand alone Mayo MRT. 

The following decades saw the team go from strength to strength. In 2020, Mayo MRT has a membership of 30+. On average, they respond to approximately 50 incidents a year, about 75% of them relating to Croagh Patrick. The team also give support to local voluntary and statutory service providers, such as Westport Social Services with their Meals on Wheels, when requested during inclement weather conditions.

After many years of lobbying the local authorities by the team and with the assistance of Minister Michael Ring TD, in Nov 2015 the team reached a huge milestone with the procurement of a permanent headquarters in Westport from which to operate. It was officially opened by Minister Ring in January 2016.

With recommended increased governance standards, and after much background work by many team members, Mayo MRT was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 12th April 2018.  This milestone will ensure Mayo MRT adheres to the highest standards of governance and so enables them continue to be a great team to belong to and continue to serve the people of Mayo in the uplands and mountainous areas.

Note: A more comprehensive history can be obtained from [email protected].

Mayo Mountain Rescue are always grateful to receive donations, however small.

As the team is 100% voluntary, all donations to MMRT go directly into the team funds to assist the team in training, equipment and the general day to day running of the service.


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Contact Details

Pinewoods, Westport, Mayo, IRELAND

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 22348

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20204441

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