A climber from County Cork has become the first Irish woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
On her way to the summit
Dr Clare O'Leary, 33, from Bandon, reached the top early on Tuesday morning as part of an Irish expedition led by mountaineer Pat Falvey.
He is now the first Irish person to summit Everest from both the Nepal and Tibetan approaches.
The group made it to the top after a nine hour push from the team's high camp at 26,000ft.
The Wyeth Irish Everest Expedition 2004 team left Ireland on 17 March - St Patrick's Day.
Over the past six weeks, the team prepared for their summit attempt through crucial acclimatisation climbs on the mountain's lower reaches.
They also established camps for storing supplies to aid them in their summit bid.
The team - which included Sherpas and Irish climbers - reached the summit at 0145 BST on Tuesday.
Speaking on a satellite phone from the summit, expedition leader Pat Falvey said the climb had gone according to plan.
"The weather was superb and we held up to savour the immense thrill and history of our achievement where for a few minutes, Clare stood on the summit of the highest peak on Earth - making the first Irish female ascent of Everest," he said.
"We have done what we set out to achieve and I'm just so excited."
'The Death Zone'
Clare O'Leary said: "I set out on St Patrick's Day with one goal in mind and that was to reach the top and I've done it. I'm really proud to have this honour.
"We had a very strong team under Pat's leadership and I am very grateful to him and my Nepali team-mates.
"The experience from our previous attempt has paid off this year and I can hardly express my happiness."
The climbers said the final day's climb was made at altitudes know as The Death Zone.
Climbers use supplementary bottled oxygen to remain alert to dangers and sudden weather changes.
Pat Falvey said the main concern was now to get the team back down to base camp as safely as possible.
"The expedition now down the mountain is a very dangerous one. I am just praying that everyone makes it down safe and well and then we can celebrate with our team here in Nepal before making our way home," he said.
In May last year, Terence "Banjo" Bannon, 35, from Newry in County Down and his team-mate New Zealander Jamie McGuinness, 37, reached the top of the world's highest peak.
It was the first time a team from Northern Ireland had reached the summit and followed the success of an Irish team earlier in the month.
It was Terence's second attempt at climbing Everest, having been as far as base camp with Dawson Stelfox, also from Northern Ireland, who reached the summit of Everest 11 years ago.