Donegal cliff fall man named as John McCourt

John McCourt, 58 fell close to Fanad Head lighthouse
John McCourt, 58 fell close to Fanad Head lighthouse

The man who died after falling from cliffs in Donegal at the weekend was “a great photogapher”.

John McCourt, 58, was taking photographs beside the Fanad Lighthouse in Donegal during a force eight gale on Sunday when the accident happened at about 3pm

An RNLI team was able to rescue the amateur photographer from a gully off the rocks and he was transferred by helicopter to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputy Mayor of Antrim, Alderman Drew Ritchie described it as an extremely tragic accident and expressed his condolences to Mr McCourt’s family and friends.

Mr McCourt was a highly respected member of the Antrim Camera Club and had won many awards, the Antrim Times reported.

It is understood he had been in the area with a friend taking pictures when the incident happened.

Charlie McAleer, chairman of Antrim Camera Club, paid tribute to Mr McCourt who was secretary of the club.

“I knew John for about five or six years – this is a huge shock to myself and the club,” he said.

He added: “In the past he would have been a skydiving photographer and he did have some fairly spectacular photographs that he had taken.

“His partner died three months ago after battling cancer for quite a while.”

He said John did not have any children but had a step-family.