CLLR Albert Dolan working his way up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

On top of the world

Monivea councillor scales Kilimanjaro for charity

MONIVEA-based county councillor Albert Dolan this month conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain on the African continent, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, in aid of Western Alzheimer’s, which he has raised over €5,000 for.

Standing at 5,895 metres high and temperatures ranging somewhere between -7 to -29 degrees at the peak during the night, it’s a challenge that isn’t for the faint-hearted or the weak-willed.

After being initially approached by a friend in 2021 regarding the prospect of taking on the challenge, Cllr Dolan rejected the notion outright. But after some reflection he reversed his decision and took on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity out of “stubbornness”.

For the second half of 2021, County Galway’s youngest elected councillor was primarily just climbing Irish mountains, such as Lugnaquilla, Mweelrea and Croagh Patrick, but he ramped up his training in the New Year and began hitting the gym five or six times a week in preparation...

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