Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Mount Everest, was in Dublin in July 1990 for celebrations marking modern New Zealand's 150th anniversary.

During his three day visit Sir Edmund Hillary met some Irish mountaineers and spoke to them about modern day climbing equipment and the possibilities that the more hi-tech equipment offers climbers. Irish mountaineer and co-leader of a 1993 Irish expedition to Everest, Frank Nugent comments

The man who reached the top of Everest is a very significant person in mountaineering and to meet him in the flesh is a great thrill.

Sir Edmund says that today's mountaineers should not be leaving their junk after them on Everest. He also reacts to recent claims that Everest is not the highest mountain.

During his stay Sir Edmund attended a gala dinner in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham celebrating the signing of the treaty between the Maori people of New Zealand and the British settlers 150 years previously.

On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  Since climbing Everest he has helped to build hospitals in Nepal and acted as the New Zealand High Commissioner to India. 

An RTÉ News report by John Murray broadcast on 4 July 1990.