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Artist among 3 dead in avalanche.

ONE of the trio of climbers who died in a Scottish mountain avalanche was a well-known Northern Ireland artist, it was revealed last night.

Award-winning painter and former teacher Eamonn Murphy, 61, from Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, was caught up in the disaster on Buchaille Etive Mhor, near Glencoe, in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday. A huge slab of snow came away in blizzard conditions burying at least one of its victims.

Mr Murphy's brother, John, 63, from Portrush, Co Antrim, and Brian Murray, 46, from Monifieth in Tayside, Scotland, also died.

Another person suffered a shoulder injury.

In total, nine people from at least two separate parties were involved in Saturday's tragedy.

The three men who died had all been climbing as part of the same group.


A mountain rescue helicopter flies to Buchaille Etive Mor to help save climbers caught up in an avalanche. Inset: Eamonn Murphy, 61, from Carrickfergus in Co Antrim
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 26, 2009
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