A 69-year-old walker who became separated from his group on bogland in north Connemara yesterday has been found safe and well.

A massive search operation was conducted, with the man located shortly after midnight.

Three teams from Galway Mountain Rescue, local coastguard units and two search dogs all took part, as weather conditions in the area continued to deteriorate.  

The man became separated from a walking party and the alarm was raised at 5.30pm.

Conditions in the search area were poor, preventing a coastguard helicopter with heat-detecting equipment from aiding in the search.

Phone contact was made with the missing man who is an experienced walker, but due to total darkness and mist his location remained unknown for a long period.  

The area where the search was conducted is bogland known as Lugganaffern, south east of Maam Cross.  

An orange weather warning for strong and gusting winds was in operation for the area.