News 2021

Title:  Noel Hanna is awarded the Mountaineering Ireland Lynam Medal
Date:  15/12/2021

It was an honour to present Noel Hanna with the Mountaineering Ireland Lynam Medal on Thursday the 9th of December in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments and achievements in mountaineering.

Noel Hanna is a renowned adventurer and endurance athlete of the highest order. A native of Northern Ireland, he has scaled summits and competed in adventures all over the world.

He has summited Mount Everest no less than 10 times, he also set a record with his wife Lynne to be the first married couple to climb both sides of Everest (see photo).

He was the first Irish person to successfully summit and descent K2.

He made history in 2017 with a 1st ascent of the technical peak Burke Khang.

They are just a few of his many of achievements, and adventures which he shared with us on the evening. 

Photo above: Ruth Whelan (Hillwalking Development Officer) presenting Noel with the Mountaineering Ireland Lynam Medal.


Photo above: Noel with his wife Lynne Hanna

The Medal

Mountaineering Ireland Lynam Lecture and Award was set up in 2011 in honour of Joss Lynam and his legacy to Irish Mountaineering. The medal itself is a piece of sliverware engraved on the front with the symbol of the Irish Harp, the recipients name and year it was awarded. The back of the medal represents mountains that were very dear to Josh Lynam including Skellig Michael, Knocknarea, Carrauntoohil, Mont Blanc,   Kulu Spiti , Changtse and indeed Everest.




Although, we couldn't all be together on the night it was great to see over 312 register for this event. We would like to thank Noel Hanna and congratulations him for a fascinating and entertaining evening. For those who could not make it on the evening you can now watch the lecture and presentation of the medal by clicking here.




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