The man who died after falling on Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry on Saturday was 58-year-old Ger Duffy, a father of three from Clonlara in Co Clare.

His body has been recovered from the mountain.

The recovery took several hours because of what members of Kerry Mountain Rescue described as "very complex ground".

The Rescue 115 helicopter was unable to land in the terrain and instead dropped four people to the scene who were followed by around 20 volunteers on foot.

They stretchered the body down the mountain in an operation that was described as difficult and protracted.

Mr Duffy was an experienced hill walker who had climbed the mountain many times and was familiar with the terrain. It is understood he had just returned from Cambodia where he had completed a three-week motorcycle trek.

The incident happened around midday at Hag's Tooth where he fell several hundred feet.

Members of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team responded once the alarm was raised. The Coast Guard helicopter based at Shannon also attended the scene, but was unable to access the area where Mr Duffy fell.

However, the helicopter ferried members of the mountain rescue team to an area close to the scene, in an operation coordinated by the Coast Guard's Marine Rescue Centre on Valentia Island in Co Kerry.

Additional reporting by Cathy Halloran