Speaker: John Burke will speak on the topic – From the Edge of Clare to the Top of the World. On the 16th May 2017, for the very first time, the Clare flag was raised on the top of Mount Everest. John Burke, who hails from the flat lands of Spanish Point, achieved his 10-year personal goal of standing on Top of the World. While the task of climbing Everest is a feat of unique physical endurance; John attributes his survival and success to the mental strengths which he prepared and honed well in advance. Overcoming many challenges along the way; John stared death in the face on a mountain that has claimed the lives of 1 in 10 who summit. His story of preparation, planning, and mental training, will touch many; whatever their own Everest may be. In this talk John will provide some reflections and insights from the lessons he learnt along his 10-year epic journey. He promises to bring along photographs, and some videos, from one of the most hostile yet spectacular places on our Planet Earth.