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.”