Matt O'Reilly (2nd from the left) pictured with friends on Blencathra in the Lake District, UK.

An avid hiker from Fermoy is preparing to climb to Mount Everest base camp with a group of 30 friends from around Ireland, all in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation. 

Matt O’Reilly has already undertaken a number of technically difficult climbs around Europe and in Ireland, but this will be his biggest challenge to date. 

“We’re quite big into the hiking and I suppose Nepal was something that appealed to everyone in the group. We were planning the trip anyway and then we decided we could raise money along the way.”

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