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Intrepid pupil Daisy Yates scales highest mountain in Ireland

Intrepid pupil Daisy Yates scales highest mountain in Ireland

Daisy Yates

A Preparatory School pupil discovered her head for heights thanks to a special activity over the summer break.

Daisy Yates, a Year 4 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, scaled the highest mountain in Ireland alongside family members, and the nine-year-old fought through fatigue during the gruelling trek with mother Anna Mullard stating that she “really enjoyed” the new experience.

Carrauntoohil is located in County Kerry and stands 1,038 metres in height. The ridge northward leads to Ireland's second-highest peak, Beenkeragh (1,010 m), while the ridge westward leads to the third-highest peak, Caher (1,001 m).

Providing some stunning scenery, the mountain overlooks three bowl-shaped valleys, each with its own lakes.

A wooden cross was erected on the summit, a privately owned commonage in the 1950s by the local community and it was replaced by a five metre tall steel cross in 1976.

Deputy head Alison Hind, said: “It is always great to see our pupils testing their limits during the summer break, which is something we actively encourage here at Rydal Penrhos.

“Our pupils across all age groups take part in so many extra-curricular activities, which not only enhance their learning but also helps them gain skills they may not necessarily acquire in the classroom.

“Well done to Daisy on achieving this feat and I can imagine the views from the top were spectacular.”

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