Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:43

Kerry Christmas Appeal 2011

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

Radio Kerry - Pats My Tunes

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 play you into the weekend" Pat

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42.5 MB46:22 min

 

www.radiokerry.ie

Friday, 18 November 2011 12:48

My Private Everest - TV Series on Setanta

After a year in the making, Helen Shaw and here team at Athena Media handed over their latest film series to Setanta Sports Ireland in December 2010. This three part series, which was funded by the BAI, was shot over the last 15 months here in Kerry, Cork and Dublin. Helen weaves a compelling story of Pats personal endeavour and sacrifice through the years from childhood to the present day, with contributions from his family, friends and mountaineering colleagues. The story is full of archive footage from Pats many exciting expeditions & features amazing photos from the Pat Falvey collection.

Speaking to Pat via Satelite phone about the project, he had this to say:

'Its been an amazing journey for me personally making this documentary and also my team for filming and preparing the archive footage from my earlier life, sifting through the tens of thousands of images which I have in my collection. Even just talking to some of my old colleagues and friends has bought back so many memories to the forefront of my mind. I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank those involved including all contributors, my family, my friends and my own team in helping me on this film. A very special thanks has to go to Helen Shaw and her team who have created a great biography documentary, well done, its been a fantastic journey working with Athena Media. Even though I am in a very remote location in Canada at present, we have arranged a location to see Setanta on Sunday. Its funny as already many locals here want to see it also!!'

You can see more trailers on vimeo.com/channels/falvey

Press release from Athena media:

3 x 24min – documentary series is an Athena Media production for Setanta Sports funded through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision funding scheme. The series is due to air on 6th February 2011. It will begin with episode one on 6th February, followed by episode two on 7th February and episode three on 8th February. All episodes will be broadcasted at 10pm on Setanta Sports.

‘Some people say I’m a self publicist, some people say that I can be very arrogant, immediately I think of something, I say it. I’m going to climb Mount Everest, I’m going to become a millionaire. I’m going to be the best motivational speaker in the world. People think, how can he actually say that?. There’s no harm in dreaming and dreaming big,’ Pat Falvey.

Pat Falvey’s life story is the stuff of fiction. The teenage boy who left school at fifteen determined to be a millionaire and built a multi-million property business by his twenties. The serial entrepreneur who lost everything by twenty-nine and nearly took his own life in despair. But a chance encounter took him hill-walking and his first venture to Kerry’s Carrauntoohil made him vow to climb Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. By thirty-four he stood on Everest and soon became one of Ireland’s most celebrated, and controversial adventurers. He has been to Everest four times, reached the summit from both its north and south face and is the only man in the world to have climbed the highest peaks in every continent twice. He has trekked to the South Pole and now planned one last great adventure, this time to the North Pole.

This documentary and biographical series takes us into the psychology of Pat Falvey and finds out what drives him to follow dreams bigger and bolder than anyone else. Production Company, Athena Media, with producer/director Helen Shaw, filmed Pat across a year and interviewed those close to him throughout his life, both in Cork City where he was born and reared and in Beaufort, Co Kerry where he now lives and works at the foothills of McGillycuddy Reeks.

Pat’s journey starts in north Cork where he was born the eldest son of Tim and Abina Falvey. His father Tim was a bricklayer and Pat followed his father’s trade but says his maternal grandmother, Mary B. O’Callaghan, a street trader, was a central influence on shaping him and his life. His grandmother encouraged him to think big and had him running little businesses when he was still a small boy. Her sense of confidence and will-power is what fuelled him to be a millionaire. His property business was worth in excess of €70 million in today’s value but the recession in the mid 1980s hit him hard and his empire began to crumble. By 29 he was broke, bankrupt and he even thought of killing himself. His own marriage suffered. But when a friend took him to the mountains he began to see life anew and mountains became his obsession. It was an obsession which eventually brought him to Mount Everest and to the honour of being the second Irishman to stand on the summit.

This series tracks Pat Falvey’s life and tells his story. We hear from friends like Con Moriarty and Mick Murphy who have known Pat from the early days in Co Kerry when he joined Kerry Mountain rescue to mountaineers like Dawson Stelfox, the Belfast architect who became the first Irishman to summit Everest in May 1993. We hear from his family from his sisters Majella and Abina and his brother Barry Falvey. His son, Patrick Falvey, shares insights along with those who have journeyed with Falvey through many expeditions including Dr Clare O’Leary. Clare went to Mount Everest with Pat in 2003 and 2004 and her successful summit in 2004 made her the first Irishwoman to climb Everest and since then she has trekked with Pat to the South Pole and now joins him on what he describes as his last great adventure – the North Pole. Pat’s ambition has been to journey to the highest and most extremes points on earth, from Everest to the South and North Pole and this final expedition, in Spring 2011, will complete what he calls the ‘three Poles’.

Pat Falvey: My Private Everest is a series which promises dramatic footage as well as unique revelations including how Pat Falvey’s determination to bring the tricolour to the summit of Everest provoked debate and even animosity with some accusing him of detracting from Dawson Stelfox’s own summit. Pat’s philosophy ‘that everyone has their own private Everest’ has brought him into motivational leadership and mentoring and he now makes a living from motivational speaking both in Ireland and abroad. Contact Athena Media -01 4885851 for more details including press photographs or stills from the documentary series.

Athena Media would like to thank everyone who helped us and supported us during the production particularly the Falvey family, Niall Foley and all the crew who have worked on it in Athena Media particularly Anita Walsh, Paula Cunniffe and Niall Brew. Our cameraman Barry MacNeill has been with us throughout the shoot and we have had excellent support from Lotus Media in post production. John E. Turner did the offline edit while Scott Smith was online and Simon Flanagan did the audio mix. A special thank you to Ella McSweeney who did the voice-over on the series and to the wonderful folk in Seneca, the band who produced instrumental tracks for the documentary mix and who have been great supporters of the project.

Further Information:

www.athenamedia.ie

www.setanta.com/ie

www.bai.ie

 

Thursday, 08 September 2011 15:39

Carrauntoohil Climb 27th Aug 2011

We arrived to a busy Cronins yard on Saturday morning at 10am. Having met Sinead, Louise and her dad Pat in Kates 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 back 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

Hidden Kerry Tours

Ballinskelligs

Discover the hidden treasures that Kerry’s wild and windswept landscape has to offer, from remote valleys and soaring peaks to tranquil lakes and rugged coastal cliffs. Explore some 5000 years of history, archaeology and culture set amidst 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, renewed.

Where is the latter to be achieved? 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, its 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.

Archaeological Walk

McCarthy_Mor_Castle Altitude/Distance: 350m/14km
Route: Ballinskelligs-Boolakeel-Kildreelig-Bolus-Canuig-Coom
Date: All Year
Duration: 7-8 hours
Grade: Easy
Price: €50pp (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, a 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.

Nature lovers can marvel at the diversity of birdlife, with countless species visible, including gannets, storm petrels, manx shearwaters, fulmars and puffins to name but a few. Wild goats, the mountain hare and an occasional fox are also to be found in the area, while from the clifftops, dolphins and basking sharks are sometimes seen. While the landscape itself is undoubtedly the high point of this walk, along the way we will discuss the myth, legend and folklore associated with the region, visit the remains of a famine village, now a thriving artists retreat and ultimately experience a sense of the true Kerry and all it has to offer. Cloon Lough

Meeting Point: Ballinskelligs Beach Carpark (10 am)
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 of single day drive/walk combination tour.

Inclusions: Guide and Information
Exclusions: Lunch, Refreshments, 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 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)

A Sacred Mountain

Cashels Castles and a sacred Mountain

Altitude/Distance: 690/14km  
Route: Cahersiveen-Ballycarbery-Cooscrom-Coonana-Knocknatobar-Cahersiveen
Note climbing Knocknatobar is optional and requires an earlier departure time
Date: All Year       
Duration: 7-8 Hours or 8-10 Hours       
Grade: Moderate       
Price: €50pp (min 6) Group rates available


As the name suggests, there is something for everyone on this walk. Discover the rarely visited rugged coastline from Cooscrom to Coonana with its abundance of birdlife, hidden coves, dramatic sea stacks and an impressive blow-hole. 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 situated Ballycarbery Castle.
From here we will visit two fine ringforts, Cahergal and Leacanabuaile, both displaying some exceptionally well preserved features of Early Medieval domestic settlement.
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 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 am) Leacanabuaile

Inclusions: Guide and Information
Exclusions: Lunch, Refreshments, 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 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)

Valentia Island Experience

Valentia Experience

Altitude/Distance: 266m/14km       
Route: Portmagee-Bray Head-Culloo-Geokaun-Dohilla-Glanleam-Knightstown       
Date: All Year
Duration: 7-8 hours
Grade: Easy
Price: €50pp (min 6) Group rates available

 

A truely 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 Irelands second largest Island.
Along the way we will visit a number of well preserved archaeological sites, experience the islands 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 its 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 Knightown the principle village on the island, where one will have the opportunity to browse some of artesania shops and cafe's 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 am) Dromgour Cliffs from Bray Head

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 of single day drive/walk combination tour. Contact us for more details

Inclusions: Guide and Information
Exclusions: Lunch, Refreshments, 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 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)

Your Guide


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in Tours & Attractions
kerryway

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 €400,000 raised to date: Today Pat Falvey and Pat Spillane set off  over 220 people on  a the three day Kerry Way Challenge and trek to raise money For Cancer Research. The projected target for this years fund raiser is hoped to top over a Hundred Thousand Euro’s bringing the total over the four years to reach €400,000.

The God’s are with the Walkers: Tkerrywayhis 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 100 Km of both the Iveragh and Beara Peninsula as well as good food and accommodation in Kenmare with good music and fun.

A lot of the trekkers have made an annual event of this challenge and have developed amazing friendships through the cancer research  challenge.

Pat Falvey once again was delighted to be involved and commented that “there is not one family in the country that has not been effected by this disease and believes that the funding raise on this event goes 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 is delighted 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.

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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Published in Corporate News
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:25

Merck Sharp & Dohme Pharmaceutical

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.

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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 through.

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To end the day we all got into boats and travelled down through the high water of the Lakes of Killarney passing Derrycunnihy, Eagles Nest, Old Weir Bridge, Meeting of the waters, Dinis Cottage, Bricin Bridge and Innifallen island to Ross Castle where the solution to the murder mystery was explained and Pat announced the winners which was the group in total.

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

Published in Teambuilding
Friday, 01 July 2011 14:39

Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk

Press Release Falvey & Spillane Unite to Walk the Way for Cancer Research

kerry way cancer research walk launch

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 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 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.

Online registration is now open on the event website www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie.  All details regarding The Kerry Way kerry way cancer research walk launch Cancer Research Walk 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 counties all around 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 include

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, Dáithí Ó 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. 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.

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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Published in Awards & Appearances
Friday, 01 July 2011 02:20

Meet Weekend for Mt Kilimanjaro Team

Some of team taking in the views on Meet Day HikeJune 25th Meet Day/ Fitness Assessment Weekend for September Mount Kilimanjaro Team

And what a weekend it was! 14 of the team were able to join us on our Free Meet Day offered to aid their preparation for their trek of Mt Kilimanjaro.

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

We also hit the hills and 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 a fitness assessment 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 Lodge on Sunday feeling ready to take on the challenge ahead Kilimanjaro prep Night Hime in Reeks

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 for 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+)

African Tour Leader Gerry Walsh enjoying day on Tomies


Pat,
Great credit to yourself, Gene and the organisers for undertaking the responsibility of bringing a large group of novice climbers
like me up Irelands highest mountain. For so long I have wanted to do this and was greatful of the opportunity and being able to raise money for Buil4life made it worthwhile. Kind regards, Peter Browne & Neil Browne (the last two on the bus)

This charity climb of Irelands highest mountain Carrantuohill took place on Saturday 11th June. We facilitated with this worthy cause on the day.

Build4Life Kids Charity Climb Carrauntoohil

Meeting place Kate Kearneys Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe at 08:30- 09:00 for briefing before departure for the starting point at Cronins Yard.

All climbers were advised to ensure that they bring warm clothing, good boots and rain hair at it will be cold with heavy showers during the day.

Build4lifekids/cysticFibrosis need to raise 1.5 million to build a dedicated clinic and isolated rooms for the kids of CF in Munster. It is the only charity fnding these facilities. Joe Brown from Castleisland and co founder of Build4LifeKids said " the children of Cork and beyond are currently being treated in sub-standard conditions which directly effects their chances to remain healthy longer.

Over the last 4 years Build4LifeKids have risen over 2.3 million euros to develop facilities for adults with CF attending Cork University Hospital (CUH)

For further information please call 087 2317722 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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