Artist Among Avalanche Victims

One of the trio of climbers who died in a Scottish mountain avalanche was a well-known Northern Ireland artist. 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. Mr Murphys brother John, 63, from Portrush, Co Antrim, and Brian Murray, 46, from Monifieth in Tayside, Scotland, also died. Another person suffered a shoulder injury. A spokeswoman for the Arts Society of Ulster said: "In his paintings Eamonn loved colour and life and expression and that was reflected in his personality. "He was always the enthusiast, cheerful with time for everybody. He had an enormous zest for life, he brightened any room he walked into." In total, nine people from at least two separate parties were involved in Saturdays tragedy, Scotlands Northern Constabulary said. The three men who died had all been climbing as part of the same group.