Pat visited Killarney International Hostel 7th September 2009 to celebrate the launch of An Óige and EcoAdventure Ireland’s new range of residential and non residential activity programmes.

The programmes, which include geography and biology field studies, multi activity days and An Gaisce tailored packages, are especially suitable for school tours and youth groups.

Activities on offer, at the impressive 18th century hostel, include archery, orienteering, mountain biking, basic survival training, target shooting, hill waking, night hikes, transversing wall, low ropes course and a variety of team games.

Speaking at the launch, Pat said: “The facilities here at Killarney International Hostel provide a fantastic opportunity for young Irish people to enjoy the outdoors, develop their self confidence and overcome their fears, while having loads of fun along the way. I would encourage teachers and youth group leaders to bring their students here to foster their spirit of adventure and experience outdoor education at its best. I have no doubt that many lives of adventure, like my own, will begin their journey in these fantastic surroundings!”

Founder of EcoAdventure Ireland, Kevin Davy, added: “We are delighted to have teamed up with An Óige yet again to offer a wide variety of outdoor activites in Killarney. We have been running similar programmes, at the newly refurbished 5 star Knockree Hostel near Enniskerry, County Wicklow, for the past year and the response we have gotten from participants and their teachers has prompted us to come to Killarney. Given the wide variety of activities on offer, either on a residential or non residential basis, we can tailor a programme to suit each group and their budget. Education is at the heart of all our outdoor programmes and they have been developed to fit in with the school curriculum. Our aim is to encourage young people to appreciate the outdoors in a fun and relaxed setting while learning.”

The Killarney International Hostel is set on 75 acres overlooking the mountains that surround Killarney National Park. Activities take place in the woods and forests that surround the hostel as well as using the local River Loe. The River and Ecology Field Studies are geared towards geography, biology, transition year and Junior and Leaving Certificate students while the multi activity days are suited to school tours and youth clubs.

For young people aiming to achieve their Gaisce Awards, special programmes have also been designed to help them attain their goals. The hostel, which will be open throughout the year, can sleep over 150 guests across its private, twin and dormitory style rooms as well as providing a full meal service. Hygiene is also a key priority at the hostel with hand sanitizers in place in all common areas. Non residential programmes start from as little as €30 per person while overnight residential packages start from €60 per person.

Speaking about the new activities Elaine Moore, Marketing Manager, An Óige, said:” We are delighted to bring such a variety of facilities to our Killarney hostel. We currently have 28 hostels in our chain and our philosophy is simple, to help all, but especially young people nurture a love and appreciation of the countryside and the activities they can enjoy in it while providing budget hostel accommodation but at the highest standards. An Óige is moving with our customers’ expectations to provide not just excellent hostelling facilities but also a range of outdoor activities. We hope to expand these facilities to a number of our other hostels in the near future.”
Published in Awards & Appearances
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:38

Winter Ascents

We will run a number of scheduled dates for winter ascents in the Macgillycuddy Reeks over the coming months. These walks are for those who have some experience of hillwalking and want to challenge themselves with the unknowns that Irish Winters can provide.

Corran Tuathail - Beenkeeragh Traverse 'Climb Irelands 2 Highest Mountains in one Day' Dates: Nov 28th & Dec 26th Max 6 pax Grade: Intermediate Cost: €100pp

Coomloughra (Com Lothair) Horseshoe 'The finest walk in the Reeks’ Dates: 12th Dec &02nd Jan Max 6 pax Grade:Difficult-requiring previous experience and reasonable fitness (plus an early-ish start) Cost: €100pp

Chruach Mhor-Cnoc na Peiste Ridge 'A great introduction to scrambling on a fantastic peak and the best viewpoint for the reeks'
Dates: 21st Nov & 09th Jan Max 4 pax Grade: Difficult Cost: €100pp

Winter Scrambing Days on Corran Tuathail Dates on demand Max 2 pax Cost: €150pp
Monday, 19 October 2009 13:16

Hillwalking in Kerry for 2009- 2010

Purple & Tomies Mountains 7th November €100pp Grade: Beginner
Overlooking Lough Leane to the North East and separated from the Macgillycuddys Reeks by the gap of Dunloe, the Purple Mountain derives its name from the colour of the sandstone rock, which emits a purple hue under favourable light conditions.

Corran Tuathail Last Saturday each month €100pp
Ireland’s highest peak that on a fine day allows your view to extend to the far away mountains, lakes, farmlands and ocean of the surrounding area for as far as a hundred miles. It’s a magnificent, rugged, scenic mountain to climb and an experience that one doesn’t forget. We have many routes that can be climbed for the beginner to the more experienced hill-walker.

We are Irelands leading guides for these mountains here in Kerry. We organise Corrán Tuathail, and mountain challenges for individuals, clubs, charities and companies. We also run Four and five peaks challenges in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.Enjoy the experience with guides with a passion for our native high mountains, and take a walk on the wild side. Guides available for all other mountains in region. Forest, Lakes, and Mountain Day Treks also available.To book a climb, Contact us at 064 6644181 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Just to let you know that the programme broadcast with Deirdre Walsh and Pat Falvey on Radio Kerry last Summer (which incidentally won a PPI National radio programming award last October) will be re broadcast on December 31st at 6.15pm.
Published in General News
At the National PPI Radio Awards Ceremony, held on Friday 10th October, 2008 in the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny, Radio Kerry won, a bronze award in the category of Specialist Speech Programme called ‘Ask the Explorer’ - during which the Explorer and Adventurer, Pat Falvey, answered questions put to him by presenter Deirdre Walsh and by school children from all over Kerry - about the Expedition which he successfully led on foot to the South Pole in January of this year.

Pat stated, “I am delighted that in a small way that I can contribute to Education through this form of program and I’d like to thank those at Radio Kerry for the initiative of running with this idea of “Ask The Explorer” which gave children an insight of Antarctic, its history and wildlife in an exciting format.”
Published in TV & Video News
Monday, 16 June 2008 00:00

Kerry County Council Honours Falvey

Kerry County Council hold Civic Reception For Pat Falvey...

Pat Cork Born but Kerry adopted , was presented with a hand carved impression of his predecessor Tom Crean this week when he was honoured by Kerry County Council.

Mayor of Kerry described Pat Falvey as the ultimate survivor. " He endured what had to be absolute agony on his trek of 1140 km with his team to the South Pole......."

County Manager Tom Curran sais that the civic reception hosted for the adventurer paled into insignificance when compared to his achievements...

Pat thank the people of Kerry this great honour and proudly spoke of our great connection in Cork and Kerry of our Polar history of our sung and unsung hero's. He also paid tribute to his own team Of Dr Clare O'Leary, Shaun Menzies and Jonathon Bradshaw, as well as the rest of his unsung hero's the rest of the team, Those manning the stations here in Ireland and the millions of people who had been following their adventurers. Success is a team efford....

Source The Kerryman. Picture Dominic Walsh.

Left to right. Kerry County Manager, Tom Curran. Mayor of Kerry, Michael Healy Rae. Abina Falvey, Pat Falvey and Tim Falvey
Published in Awards & Appearances
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 00:00

Mt Kilimanjaro Meet Day/ Prep

A small group came down for a fitness prep with a night climb on the 19th July. They were Willie Carney, Enda Cahill (Elbrus), Chris Mullane, Una Carney and Douglas Keppel, John, Jerry and Niall.

19th July, Route, Oshea's - Devils Ladder

Night climb
20th July, Kates - Stricin - Cnoc na Broca
Its my second time out with John, but this time I called him the night before to warn him off going as the conditions were fairly poor: Lots of snow, high winds etc.

He said he wanted to go anyway so we met up at kates and said we go as far as we can on Corran Tuathail. After a stunning walk in, it seemed we were the only ones there as there was no other cars at Lislebane.

It could have been anywhere, the alps, norway... we rised up around the corner overlooking Lough Gouragh and enjoyed an amazing view forward with the summit clear and white.

After tackling the 2 steps on the accent up to bring us on to the flat area below the mountain rescue hut which was covered in snow ankle height or a little more. The conditions were still ok apart from a mini twister collecting loads of spindrift and funnelling it up into the air and dispersed as it moved from the rescue hut over to the scee slopes we were about to accend. All of the group were ok and wanted more so we headed off and up. As we reached the middle flat ground before the final short gully beside the waterfall up to Cummeenoughter Lake, it was now snowing hard with visibility down to 30m. We pressed on finding the last bit tough and icy and when we finally got to the lakeside, it was more like a blizzard.

We breaked for a little (3 mins due to the cold) as I phoned the office to see what conditions were like down below, It was low cloud and grey. I told the lads that this was it as there was no way we could go any further in these conditions, they all agreed and we picked our way down again heads into the oncoming onslaught of snow and hail in our eyes. The decent was fairly challenging to say the least but on the walk out we all agreed it was a fantastic experience even though a summit wasn't possible.

Till the next time John....
Thursday, 25 October 2007 00:00

Freddy leaves school

We have heard that Freddy has received permission to leave school in preparation for his long journey to the South Pole. He will arrive here at the Mountain Lodge base camp on Tuesday to help Pat and Jonathon with final preparations. He will be bringing with him Clare?s skis, which were painted by the 5th Class at Cloghroe National School in Cork.
Published in South Pole 2007-08
Sunday, 14 October 2007 00:00

Global Foods

All of our food has been sourced from all over the world and has arrived here in Kerry at our base camp. It has taken us many days to unpack and sort all the food for all the expedition members.

The food for the 60 days of the expedition has to be individually packed into ‘day packs’, where all our food for the whole day is in one bag, easy and accessible at the front of the sledge, rummaging and cursing “Where is that Mars bar?” is not the best thing to do in howling gale and temperatures as low as -40.

Our main expedition meals are from Drytech in Norway and most of our snack food has been sourced locally.

Thanks to Eugene and Mary McDonnel from Natural Foods for getting us the food on time. We would also like to thank Vincent, Katherine and Claire from Stable Diet of Wicklow for providing our scrumptious flapjacks.
Published in South Pole 2007-08
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