Mayo Father and Son conquer Everest in bid to bring Sam home

Mayo Father and Son conquer Everest to bring Sam home

A pair of Mayo GAA fans climb the highest mountain in the world in a quest to bring good luck to their beloved team and raise much needed funds for The Irish Cancer Society.

Derek Davidson and his 18 year old son have just spent the last 18 days climbing 18,000 feet to reach the Everest Base camp in freezing minus 30 degree temperatures to fulfil one of their life time ambitions. The Mayo GAA fans from Lahardane in North Mayo brought along their County flag and had it blessed in private in a Buddhist temple and carried it all the way to the top. When asked about why they set them such an arduous task Derek replied “We expect our Mayo GAA heroes to climb the highest mountain every season in their quest to bring Sam Home, so we thought we would have ago ourselves to bring some good luck to the lads. It has been an expedition of a lifetime, I have been training with my son on the Nephin Mountain range in Lahardane in Mayo where we live, all through the winter and it has certainly paid off.”

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester added "What a fantastic achievement for a great charity, the lads paid for the trip themselves and they have raised over 4,600 Euro for The Irish Cancer Society so far and have also set up a just giving page to help raise some extra funds for the charity. It would be great to see the total reach 5,000 for such an epic journey. I hope the Mayo Flag does the job in bringing Sam home to the West, the lads said they are not going back up again! To donate online just click on the link below:"

Derek runs the Mayo Based ‘Walk West Tours’ which is open all year for hilllwalking or guided tours, which can be a short weekend break or a full weeks walking or touring. For further information about making a donation to The Irish Charity Society or more information about Walk West Tours you can contact David by email at or on his landline (when he gets off the mountain) on 00353 96 51511 or on his mobile on 00353 86 0504705