Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:43

Since its inception in 2005, the Kerry Christmas Appeal has provided much needed help to disadvantaged families. Over 2300 Christmas Food Hampers have been distributed to these families across the county by the Kerry St Vincent de Paul Network.

This year the auction raised over €15,000 for needy families in Co. Kerry - Lot 231 was a signed copy of Pat's book, "A Journey To Adventure".

Listen to some clips taken from the live radio auction:

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www.kerrychristmasappeal.com/

Thursday, 24 November 2011 18:11

Pat Falvey tries his hand at radio presenting.

Radio Kerry's evening 'My Tunes' show on Friday's at 9pm had Pat Falvey in to cover for Kerry Footballer Paul Galvin. Some easy listening music that inspired Pat and a few stories why.

"come along with me as I playfor you into the weekend" Pat

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www.radiokerry.ie

Thursday, 08 September 2011 15:39

We arrived to a busy Cronins Yard on Saturday morning at 10am. Having met Sinead, Louise and her dad Pat in Kate's car park earlier, introductions were already out of the way as we headed up the path into the Hags Glen. Weather was pleasing at that stage although it just started to drizzle, with cloud hanging on the top 200m of the surrounding reeks.

The Route to the Summit of Carrauntoohil: We climbed up through one of the most beautiful routes on the mountain as we made our way through Coomcallee (The Hags Glen) before going off track passing Lough Gouragh (The Lake of the Goat) Breaking through the cliff barrier over the Step of the Goat, where we learned some scrambling techniques to gain the upper reaches of the mountain as we climbed through the three tiers of Coimin Iochtarach, Lair and Uachtarach (The lower, middle and upper valleys) to Ireland’s highest lake (The Eagles Nest) Via Brother O Shea’s Gully, we ascended to the summit from the Beenkeragh ridge in breezy misty conditions.

On our way we met a medium sized group whom we spoke to as we asecended O'Shea's. On reaching the summit we celebrated with a few photos and started our decent. Views of the Black Valley, Kenmare Bay and the saddle at the top of the Devils Ladder finally opened up below us to compliment our already thoroughly enjoyable day. We went left to the Heavenly gates with not many others on the mountain with us at that stage nearing 4pm. Pat and the girls were taken aback when I showed them the rescue hut which has some beans inside if you were stuck!!

Our way out was nice and quiet leading us back to a nice cuppa in Cronins around 6pm. It was great to take our time and take in all the natural beauty which made the day. Best of luck to the girls next adventure, Pat was ecstatic about the day, it was all their first time up Carrauntoohil, Well Done!!

Report & Photos by Niall Foley

If you would like to climb Carrauntoohil please contact us in Kerry 064 6644181

Sunday, 24 July 2011 14:49
Published in Tours & Attractions

Hidden Kerry

  • Overview

  • Archaeological Walk

  • A Sacred Mountain

  • Valentia Island Experience

  • Your Guide

 

Discover the hidden treasures that Kerry’s wild and windswept landscape have to offer, from remote valleys and soaring peaks to tranquil lakes and rugged coastal cliffs. Explore some 5,000 years of history, archaeology and culture set amongst some of the most spectacular and inspiring scenery in the Ireland. Experience a magical and memorable time in a truly unforgettable land and, leave, with a sense of the real Kerry, refreshed, relaxed and renewed.

 

Off the beaten track...On the remote mountain passes of Ballaghisheen and Ballaghabeama...along the windswept coastal cliffs at Culloo and Dromgour...by the tranquil shores of Lough Cloon and Derriana...in valleys nestled beneath the McGillycuddy Reeks and in sheltered coves and sandy beaches, that all hide a myriad of secrets.

 

It was with this in mind that Hidden Kerry Tours was established, to introduce and provide the discerning tourist, traveller, trekker and rambler alike, with an intimate appreciation and understanding of the landscape, it's flora, fauna and numerous archaeological and historical monuments.

 

Tours are conducted at a leisurely and relaxed pace, enabling the guest to savour all this wonderful region has to offer. Come and join us for an unforgettable experience. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 Altitude/Distance: 350m/14km

 

 Route: Ballinskelligs-Boolakeel-Kildreelig-Bolus-Canuig-Coom


 Date: All Year - Contact us 


 Duration: 7-8 hours


 Grade: Easy


 Price: €50per person (min 6) Group rates available

 

The Ballinskelligs to Bolus walk offers the visitor the perfect introduction to this beautiful area. Beginning on the golden sands of Ballinskelligs beach, then following the coast to the signalling tower on the summit of Bolus Head and culminating at the wedge tomb in Coom, there is something for everyone on this tour. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, an archaeology or history buff, a photographer or simply a keen rambler with a passion for the outdoors, you will not be disappointed.

What makes it special? Along the way we will visit a number of fascinating archaeological monuments, including the McCarthy Mor Tower House, a 12th century Augustinian abbey, a Bronze Age stone alignment, an early medieval monastic settlement and many other sites of interest. Photographic opportunities abound with some of the most spectacular coastal and island scenery the west of Ireland has to offer.

 

Meeting Point: Ballinskelligs Beach Carpark (10.00am) 

Note: This route is also offered as part of a larger package. Please refer to ‘The Skellig Ring Tour’ which can done as either a three day walking tour or a single day drive/walk combination tour.

 

Inclusions: Guide and information
Exclusions: Lunch, refreshments and transport

 

Gear Required:

Due to the variable nature of the Irish climate, it is not unusual for the weather to change quite suddenly, particularly along the coast or in the mountains. It is therefore advisable to prepare for any possibility and check the weather forecast prior to the commencing the walk.
• Waterproof/ windproof outer layer
• Warm inner and mid-layer
• Suitable footwear, preferably waterproof hiking or mountaineering boots
• Change of socks
• Hat and gloves
• Walking poles (optional)
• Small Rucksack
• Insect repellent (for midges in the summer)
• Packed lunch (once we depart Ballinskelligs, there is no place along the way to purchase refreshments)
• 1-2 litres of water
• Camera (to capture all that fantastic scenery)

 Altitude/Distance: 690/14km 

 

 Route: Cahersiveen-Ballycarbery-Cooscrom-Coonana-Knocknatobar-Cahersiveen 


 Date: All Year - Contact us


 Duration: 7-8 Hours or 8-10 Hours


 Grade: Moderate


 Price: €50per person (min 6) Group rates available

 

Note: Climbing Knocknatobar is optional and requires an earlier departure time


As the name suggests, there is something for everyone on this walk. Discover the rarely visited rugged coastline from Cooscrom to Coonana with it's abundance of birdlife, hidden coves, dramatic sea stacks and an impressive blow-holes. Explore the remains of ancient forts and scale Knocknatobar, along the centuries old pilgrims route. A great geographical and cultural introduction to the area, with stunning scenery from start to finish.

What makes it special? We begin our walk at the Cahersiveen Heritage Centre and continue to the idyllically located Ballycarbery Castle. From here we will visit two fine ringforts, Cahergal and Leacanabuaile, both displaying some exceptionally well preserved features of early medieval domestic settlements. Next port of call is Cooscrom Harbour, where we follow the coast to Coonana, encountering along the way an impressive sea stack and a coastal blow-hole in addition to outstanding views of the Blasket Islands and the Dingle Peninsula. For those taking the Knocknatobar option, we follow the Pilgrims route to the summit where there are unparalleled 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside.


Meeting Point: Cahersiveen Heritage Centre (10.00am)


Inclusions: Guide and Information
Exclusions: Lunch, refreshments and transport

Gear required:

Due to the variable nature of the Irish climate, it is not unusual for the weather to change quite suddenly, particularly along the coast or in the mountains. It is therefore advisable to prepare for any possibility and check the weather forecast prior to the commencing the walk.
• Waterproof/ windproof outer layer
• Warm inner and mid-layer
• Suitable footwear, preferably waterproof hiking or mountaineering boots
• Change of socks
• Hat and gloves
• Walking poles (optional)
• Small Rucksack
• Insect repellent (for midges in the summer)
• Packed Lunch and energy snacks (once we depart Cahersiveen, there is no place along the way to purchase refreshments)
• 2 litres of water (more if one chooses the Knocknatobar Option)
• Camera (to capture all that fantastic scenery)

 Altitude/Distance: 266m/14km 

 

 Route: Portmagee-Bray Head-Culloo-Geokaun-Dohilla-Glanleam-Knightstown


 Date: All Year - Contact us


 Duration: 7-8 hours


 Grade: Easy


 Price: €50per person (min 6) Group rates available

 

A truly beautiful walk that offers the visitor the chance to discover a wide variety of landscapes in a relatively small geographical area. Dramatic coastal cliffs, rolling hills, desolate windswept boglands, and semi-tropical gardens are just some of highlights encountered on Ireland's second largest island.
Along the way we will visit a number of well preserved archaeological sites, experience the island's diverse flora and fauna and see some of the oldest footprints known on the planet. All this set against a backdrop of some of the most awe inspiring scenery the south west of Ireland has to offer.

What makes it special? Crossing from the mainland to Valentia Island, we will first visit the Skellig Experience, a heritage centre providing a detailed cinematic, pictorial and literal account of the archaeology and natural environment on the Skelligs.

From here we will continue to Bray Head, and follow the pathway to the 18th century signal tower, along the way stopping to explore the remains of some booleying huts and the remnants of a prehistoric trackway and field system.

From the signal tower we will continue along the cliffs to the north, with stunning views of the Blasket Islands and Dingle Peninsula, until we reach Culloo and it's wonderful rockscape, where again we explore some prehistoric sites, a holy well dedicated to St Brendan and some enigmatic stone crosses.

Following the coast to Fogher cliffs, we will begin the ascent to Geokaun viewing point, the highest point on the island, which provides unrivalled 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside, with Dingle to the north, the Skelligs to the west, the MacGillycuddy's Reeks to east and the Portmagee channel to the south.

From Geokaun, we decend to the Valentia slate quarries and grotto, then to the Dohilla to view the world renowned tetrapod footprints believed to be in excess of 350 million years old, followed by a short jouney through lush vegatation to Glanleam and its famed tropical gardens and finally Knightsown, the principle village on the island, where one will have the opportunity to browse some of artisan shops and cafes and relax before our return to Portmagee. Other sites of interest may also be included in the itenerary, but are dependant on time and weather constraints.

Meeting Point: Carpark at bridge in Portmagee (10.00am)

Note: This route is also offered as part of a larger package. ‘The Skellig Ring Tour’ can done as either a three day walking tour or a single day drive/walk combination tour. Contact us for more details.

Inclusions: Guide and information
Exclusions: Lunch, refreshments and transport

Gear required:

Due to the variable nature of the Irish climate, it is not unusual for the weather to change quite suddenly, particularly along the coast or in the mountains. It is therefore advisable to prepare for any possibility and check the weather forecast prior to the commencing the walk.
• Waterproof/windproof outer layer
• Warm inner and mid-layer
• Suitable footwear, preferably waterproof hiking or mountaineering boots
• Change of socks
• Hat and gloves
• Walking poles (optional)
• Small Rucksack
• Insect repellent (for midges in the summer)
• Packed Lunch (once we depart Portmagee, there is no place along the way to purchase refreshments)
• 1-2 litres of water
• Camera (to capture all that fantastic scenery)

 

 

 

Dan O Meara

 

 

Dan O’ Meara, an archaeologist, has worked and travelled extensively in Asia, North Africa, South America and Europe.

 

Now settled in Ballinskelligs, but describing himself as the 'consummate wanderer', he has taken to guiding visitors to the lesser seen but equally beautiful attractions his adoptive county has to offer.

 

Outside of travel, his other passions include kayaking, photography, anything prehistoric and a few pints of the black stuff after a good days hiking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 22 July 2011 15:22
Published in Corporate News

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Huge turn out for Cancer Research Walking Weekend in Kenmare. This is the fourth year that we have been involved in the Cancer Research Walk which has seen a huge increase in numbers over the years for this popular event. The walking is suitable for beginners that just want to get up, get out and get fit.

Strong support has raised €400,000 to date: Today Pat Falvey and Pat Spillane set off over with 220 people on a the three day Kerry Way Challenge and Trek to raise money For Cancer Research. The projected target for this years fundraiser is hoped to top over €100,000, bringing the total over the four years to reach over the €400,000 mark.

 

 

The Gods are with the Walkers: On The Kerry Way this year, it seems as if the gods of nature are with the walkers as the forecast predicts three fine days ahead. The Kerry Way is one of the most scenic and beautiful areas in the country and the walk brings us across magnificent scenery of both landscape and seascape around the Kenmare region. The weekend blends walking and social activities that covers over 100km of both the Iveragh and Beara Peninsula, as well as good food and accommodation in Kenmare with good music and mighty craic. A lot of the trekkers have made an annual event of this challenge and have developed amazing friendships through the cancer research challenge.

 

Once again, Pat Falvey was delighted to be involved and commented that “There is not one family in the country that has not been effected by this disease.  Funds raised at this event go, to what has been recognised, as one of the leading research centres in the world, helping to develop cutting edge science in the treatment of cancer and I am honoured to be associated in this event.”

 

We just like to wish all trekkers a wonderful weekend and to say well done to all the staff volunteers and guides on what will once again go down as a wonderful weekend in Kerry.

 

www.patfalvey.com

 

 

Information on the Cancer Research Project: The Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) is a multidisciplinary organisation that investigates major issues that concern the genesis, progression or treatment of cancer. Its purpose is to provide discovery and innovations that may be applied to the prevention of the cancer in the first place or to the development of more effective treatment strategies. Its foundation was based on the unshakeable belief that the cancer questions can be resolved and that we could create the capability to make significant contributions.

kerrywaySince its inception in 1999, Cork Cancer Research Centre has been a leading force in developing new treatments for cancer patients that provide tangible benefits to those most in need of breakthroughs. Current research at the Centre is solving the critical challenge of secondary cancer and is directed at three research themes: Cell Death and Survival Mechanisms, Novel Therapeutics and related Devices and Gene Therapy. Cork Cancer Research Centre has also developed significant programmes in Prevention and Education.

The progress and success at the Centre has been through the scientific and personal initiatives that the CCRC has established with groups throughout the world. Vital to our success has been the core structure upon which multidisciplinary programmes are built. This approach ensures that we take the latest findings from clinical practice to the laboratory to focus our research. We then bring the latest research breakthroughs to the clinicians to apply our findings. The research work carried out at the Centre has already translated into five unique clinical studies.

From our modest beginnings with only two employees, the Centre has rapidly expanded in both size and significance, while never forgetting the central tenet of our task: To advance new cancer treatments through research. This continues to be our mission.

CCRC staff are located in laboratories and offices at the Mercy University Hospital and the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Laboratory, Biosciences Institute, UCC. Funds for the Centre are generated through research grants, voluntary fundraising efforts and private donations.

"Advancing New Treatments Through Research"

Registered Charity No: CHY 11831

For more information please contact Helena Slattery, Development Officer for Cork Cancer Research Centre on 021 4901437 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
Friday, 01 July 2011 14:39
Published in Awards & Appearances

 

Press Release - Pat Falvey & Pat Spillane Unite to Walk The Kerry Way for Cancer Research.


World renowned adventurer Pat Falvey and legendary Kerry footballer and sports pundit Pat Spillane, put county rivalries aside to launch the Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk 2011 in aid of Cork Cancer Research Centre. Both men will take to the Kerry Way to lead over 250 walkers out during the 3 day hill walk which will take place on July 22nd, 23rd & 24th.

"Cancer affects so many people, through their own journey or through someone they know. Taking on cancer is a daunting challenge which requires focus and determination, elements which are also needed for facing other challenges in life such as climbing Mount Everest or walking to the North or South Pole. However the greatest challenges cannot be achieved alone - it is the team supporting you that will help you get through. Just like the team of people that I work with to achieve what most would say as impossible, the Cork Cancer Research Centre provides focus and determination to the challenge of bringing new treatments to cancer patients. I'm delighted to be involved in this event and to lend my name and support as part of the fundraising efforts for cancer research, and to help combat cancer." commented adventurer Pat Falvey.

"There are still too many people, family and friends who are affected by cancer. The research this walk supports is the kind of cutting edge research that will change that. Having heard about the work of the Cork Cancer Research Centre, I am delighted to join these trails and raise vital funds for their work". "The Kerry Way provides a spectacular setting for this fun event and the three routes for 2011 are both stunning and challenging. I'm looking forward to it." said legendary Kerry footballer, Pat Spillane.

 

kerry way cancer research walk launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online registration is now open on the event website www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie. All details regarding The Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk launch can be accessed on this user friendly site, which provides plenty of information and guidance regarding the walk routes, fundraising, accommodation, training, etc. Participants can walk one, two or all three days. Alternatively walkers can call the Development Office directly on 021 490 1437.

The Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk is a 71km three day fundraising event that has gone from strength to strength raising nearly €400,000 for cancer research in the past four years. The 2010 event was a tremendous success with over 250 walkers, from every county in Ireland, braving all types of weather to make a positive impact on cancer and raise an astounding €75,000. The event goal this year is to raise €100,000 for cancer research.

The three days of guided walks will start and finish each day in Kenmare and will incorporate impressive mountain views, dramatic peaks and glens, wild moorlands, wooded paths and lakes along the Kerry Way trails. Challenging but fun, the great camaraderie on the route adds to the spectacular settings and ensures a truly memorable experience!

The routes over the three days:

  • Friday July 22nd Sneem to Kenmare 28km
  • Saturday July 23rd Lauragh to Kenmare 26km
  • Sunday July 25th Killarney to Kenmare 17km

Past supporters of The Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk include Sean Kelly, DáithíÓ Sé, John McHenry, and Kevin Kehily.

Photographs include: World renowned adventurer Pat Falvey and legendary Kerry footballer and sports pundit Pat Spillane, Bláithín Kiernan and Patrick Murray, both walk leaders and members of the Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk organising committee.

Photographer: MACMONAGLE PHOTOGRAPHY, Killarney

Ends

 

Editors Notes:

The Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) is a multidisciplinary organisation that investigates major issues that concern the genesis, progression or treatment of cancer. Its purpose is to provide discovery and innovations that may be applied to the prevention of the cancer in the first place or to the development of more effective treatment strategies. It's foundation was based on the unshakeable belief that the cancer questions can be resolved and that we could create the capability to make significant contributions.

Since its inception in 1999, Cork Cancer Research Centre has been a leading force in developing new treatments for cancer patients that provide tangible benefits to those most in need of breakthroughs. Current research at the Centre is solving the critical challenge of secondary cancer and is directed at three research themes: Cell Death and Survival Mechanisms, Novel Therapeutics and related Devices and Gene Therapy. Cork Cancer Research Centre has also developed significant programmes in prevention and education.

The progress and success at the Centre has been through the scientific and personal initiatives that the CCRC has established with groups throughout the world. Vital to our success has been the core structure upon which multidisciplinary programmes are built. This approach ensures that we take the latest findings from clinical practice to the laboratory to focus our research. We then bring the latest research breakthroughs to the clinicians to apply our findings. The research work carried out at the Centre has already translated into five unique clinical studies.

From our modest beginnings with only two employees, the Centre has rapidly expanded in both size and significance, while never forgetting the central tenet of our task: To advance new cancer treatments through research. This continues to be our mission.

CCRC staff are located in laboratories and offices at the Mercy University Hospital and the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Laboratory, Biosciences Institute, UCC.

Funds for the Centre are generated through research grants, voluntary fundraising efforts and private donations.

"Advancing New Treatments Through Research"

Registered Charity No: CHY 11831

For more information please contact Helena Slattery, Development Officer for Cork Cancer Research Centre on 021 4901437 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us here at the office - www.patfalvey.com

 

Friday, 01 July 2011 02:20

Some of team taking in the views on Meet Day Hike

June 25th Meet Day/Fitness Assessment Weekend for the September Mount Kilimanjaro Team Members. 

What a weekend it was! Fourteen of the team were able to join us on our Free Meet Day offered to aid their preparation for their climb of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The aim of the day is to allow the team to meet with their guides and fellow trekkers, discuss the trek ahead, address any queries that may remain and run through the gear required.

We also hit the hills this weekend. We choose the route over Strickeen down into the Gap and crossed onto the 'Chimneys' to ascend Tomies Mountain. The routes we choose are part of Fitness Assessments covering terrains and exerting energy simular to that of a typical days trek.  

The benefit of this day has proved very successful over the past years and with most of the team staying to partake in the Night Hike, that together with the earlier hike simulates summit night.  The team left The Mountain Lodge on Sunday feeling ready to take on the challenge ahead.  

 

 

"Hi Lorraine, Thanks a million for a fantastic weekend. I can't wait until September!"  Kind Regards, Lisa

 

Two days of trekking in great company with good food and comfortable lodgings. Our Fitness Training Weekend for Trekkers is geared towards those wishing to take on a challenging trek or climb like Kilimanjaro, Elbrus or even Aconcagua and is recommended as part of a training plan. We suggest you complete this course early in your training plan or at least 2-3 months prior to departure. This course is an ideal way to assess your fitness level with a long day on the mountains while simulating the summit day by starting in the dark early on Day 2.

This course is designed for people who would like to use a guide to assess their fitness levels and to show them the fitness level required for trekking holidays that involve higher altitudes. (4000-6000+)

 

For more information on our Fitness Assessment Weekends or our expeditions to Africa and worldwide - contact us here at www.patfalvey.com

 

 

African Tour Leader Gerry Walsh enjoying day on Tomies


Friday, 01 July 2011 00:43

Hi Lorraine,

Just wanted to say a big thank you for arranging our Carrauntoohil Climb last Saturday. It was a brilliant experience and we really enjoyed it despite the weather! (It just means we may come back again to see the scenery!) Ian and Tony were great and kept us going along the way and I was thrilled to get the chance to meet Pat Falvey.

Thanks again!
Mags

Goat on the edge - Carrauntoohil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To arrange your ascent of Corrantouhil or any of Ireland's Highest Mountains - contact us here at www.patfalvey.com

 

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 16:08
Published in Corporate News

 

 

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Company Away Day & Teambuilding in Killarney

50 Staff from the Merck Sharp and Dohme OPS1 Manufacturing plant in Cork assembled at Kate Kearney’s Cottage in Killarney at 10:00 on Friday morning 17 June 2011 for a team building and bonding active day out in the beautiful surrounding of Ireland most spectacular landscapes of mountains, lakes and valleys. The day included a variety of activities the stimulated the mind and body. Incorporating Get up, get out, get fit with team building activities that was incorporated throughout the day to include communication, process, listening and thrust skills all with the goal in mind of an enjoyable team day.

Brief on day:

The weather forecast was not good but luckily several hours of downpour had passed before the company arrived, maybe the gods are looking down on us today. After tea and coffee in Kate’,s Pat Falvey Ireland's leading team building facilitators gave an introduction to his team and the schedule for the day before a brief presentation on his life as an Entrepreneur- Adventurer- Explorer and the challenges that faced him throughout his life of success, failure, learning and the challenge of change. Following this the group got their first challenge which divided them up into teams.

 

 

Outside Kate's the fun begins as the next challenge was to subdivide the groups into two and then to do a challenge game called Traffic Jam. This involved team members getting across steeping stones and exchanging their side for the other side starting the day learning communication & cooperation and process with an element of frustration built in.

All teams then started their walk through the majestical Gap of Dunloe to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. The day was glorious and the pace just fine as we weaved our way through one of Irelands best examples of a glaciated valley. Apart from meeting local horsemen, sheep and the odd tourist they had to find locations on their map which gave clues to a Murder Mystery. This is to introduce the group into the concept of “Why, What, Where, When, Who”. On reaching Lord Brandon’s lunch was served just as the 1st rain shower of the day approached.

 

merck2011_02After lunch the group had to complete four more challenges. One was to get people to walk around a rope which was supported by team members. The object of this game is all about trust and how we as a team support we can each other. The stick game was next on the agenda and the object of this is to get the team working together. A Navigating game was used to introduce people to problem solving and if an answer was wrong to direct them back to the last correct known answer. Using a printed image, another game was to introduce the group to the concept that as individuals we all have some of the picture but together we can see the big picture. Throughout the tasks there was confusion, discussion, frustration, laughing and plenty of fun.

When all had completed their tasks, Pat gave a talk on following your dreams and that its not enough just to want something but you have to do something to make your dreams come true.

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Many thanks to the boatmen, staff at Kates & Lord Brandons and especially to the Merck team who travelled down for the day to participate, it was a great day throughout!!

Report: Tony Nation & Niall Foley

If you are interested in a company away day, teambuilding activities or personal development be sure to contact us.

View some photos from the day in our gallery

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:08
Published in Travel & Training News

 

We were delighted to be invited to the offical opening of the fantastic Lisleibane carpark facility at the base of Carrauntoohil and the two footbridges that allow safe access onto the foothills of the Reeks. 25 years work has seen it's fruition and Anne Lucey's article from the Cork Examiner covers the events of the day


Footbridges provide vital access to Ireland’s highest mountain
By Anne Lucey
Tuesday, June 14, 2011


TWO footbridges providing access to Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil, along with a car park for hillwalkers, were officially opened yesterday in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The mountain hosts tens of thousands of climbers each year.
The €150,000 project, sponsored by Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland, also saw generous support form the local community, including the donation of land at Lislebby by Donal O’Connor.
The steel footbridges were made and donated by the Killarney-based German crane company Liebherr Ireland.

"This project provides a much needed carpark at Lisleibane, Beaufort, serving Carrauntoohil, and two footbridges in the Hags Glen area of Carrauntoohil, allowing hillwalkers to safely enjoy the experience of walking Ireland’s highest mountain," said Minister Jimmy Deenihan who performed the official opening.
"The designation of the Reeks as a candidate special area of conservation is important to protect the intrinsic heritage of the county and the development of walks allows locals and visitors to the county the opportunity to take in the peace and tranquillity of our highest mountain," he said.

The footbridges were named in honour of a local community activist, the late Patie O’Shea and the late Angela Kenny, a young woman who drowned a number of years ago in that area.
Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Pat Leahy said: "The safety of hillwalkers is very important and the carpark— which serves Carrauntoohil — allows for ample parking for tourists and hillwalkers," he said.

Lisleibane is one of two carparks now serving the Reeks area.

This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Tuesday, June 14, 2011 

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