Two men have been rescued from a cave in Co Clare where they were stuck for 28 hours.

The alarm was raised at around 2pm today when gardaí in Ennis were alerted to the missing men.

The father and son from Dublin lost their way in the Pollnagollum cave network yesterday afternoon.

Despite efforts to find their way out, the pair remained underground overnight until they were finally located at around 5pm today.

Members of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation from several parts of the country were mobilised to the scene after the alarm was raised.

An ICRO spokesman said: "The two missing men were located just after 5pm below the main junction in the main streamway. They were unable to locate the way on despite continuing to search throughout the night.

"While both were cold, they were in good spirits and exited the cave with the assistance of the ICRO team," the spokesman added.

The 50-strong volunteer ICRO unit is the national rescue team and specialises in cave and abandoned mine rescues.

The Pollnagollum caves, which run up to 20km in length, are located on the eastern side of Slieve Elva between Lisdoonvarna and Ballyvaughan.

Elsewhere, 15 members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were called to help a Spanish woman who fell while descending the Devil's Ladder on Carrauntoohill.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was also involved in the incident earlier this afternoon.

The woman sustained head and back injuries and was taken to Kerry General Hospital.