Thursday, 01 July 2010 15:18

Tony Nation

Tony Nation, Trekking Guide & Trainer

Tony's love for adventure has taken him to many regions of our planet,  he enjoys leading groups in Africa, Russia, Nepal and South America.

Like many of our adventure guides and trainers his passion is that of communication and instilling the culture of the places we visit to those that join in our our adventures and courses.

He is also one of our leading Irish guides with special knowledge in the Cork and Kerry hills and mountains.

He is a father of  four Sean, Damien, Sara and Timothy and from a very early age to instill adventure to his children became involved with his wife Mary as a leading light in Scouting Ireland, giving of his time voluntary for over 20 years to promote the adventurous spirit in children.

He is a County Commissioner for Cork South and heavily involved in training new Leaders and delivering Mountain Skills training to all Leaders and Scouters.

Tony is a good story teller, has a passion for the outdoors, enjoys good food and after a hard day on the hills a few pints in good atmosphere.

Tony is also a manager/trainer in our Health, Safety and team-building Corporate division

Let us introduce you to Tony in a short video

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010 15:46

Geraldine Ruane, Chief Executive OSI

Ordnance Survey Ireland employed the services of Pat Falvey as an inspirational speaker at our launch of the Discovery Series maps at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday 24th June 2010. Pat addressed an audience of over 200 guests from the corporate, tourist and outdoor activity sectors. Pat spoke with great passion, energy and enthusiasm. We received very positive feedback from our guests including a general theme that they went away with a “real good feel” factor.  I am very happy to recommend Pat as an inspiring and entertaining speaker.

Geraldine Ruane

Chief Executive

Ordnance Survey Ireland
Published in Testimonials

Pat was a guest speaker at the Launch of the new discovery series of maps for Ireland brought out buy the Ordance Survey of Ireland.

Covering the whole island of Ireland, the series includes 92 individual maps and are specifically designed for tourist and leisure activities. Seventy-five are published by Osi and 17 by Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland.

Pat Falvey, gave a 60 minute inspirational talk pre lunch entitled ‘From Carrantuohill to Everest.’ He underlined how important accurate and high quality mapping is in ensuring safe navigation in wilderness areas. Pat spoke to a packed audience of groups and associations representing outdoor pursuits, including the Irish Mountain Rescue Association, the Irish Ramblers Club, the Walkers Association of Ireland, Scouting Ireland, Failte Ireland, and the National Parks & Wildlife Service as well as many corporate companies from the public and private sector.

Also speaking at the launch, Minister Hanafin said: I am delighted that Ordnance Survey Ireland produces these superb maps – both for our tourists and for the general public. The Discovery Series reflects the rich natural heritage we have in Ireland. I would encourage everyone to use these maps to explore our unique and world renowned landscape.”

Ms Geraldine Ruane, Chief Executive of OSi said: We wanted to ensure that our Discovery Series included every feature and detail that these organisations would need in our maps. Our commitment to quality and accuracy is regarded as a benchmark by all mapping agencies in the world. The Discovery Series is our most popular map series and we are always pleased with the fantastic feedback we receive from our customers. Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland tell us that the Discovery Series plays an important role in attracting tourists to visit Ireland”.

At the launch, OSi also showcased their extensive range of digital mapping technology which is provided to a wide range of Corporate, Government and SME customers. Details of OSi mapping technology can be seen on the OSi website

Published in Corporate News

International company GSK David Pulman's Presidents forum, (Global Manufacturing And Supply. GSM) gathered his International team in Cork for a three day team meeting. It was an event showing once again that Ireland is a great destination for International conferences. Team members came from America, Canada, Brazil, India, Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and France.

Pat Falvey addressed the Presidents forum at a before dinner presentation at the historical Aula Maxima dinning room at University College Cork.  Over 65 key personal from around the world flew into Cork for a three day conference which was held in the beautiful Hayfield Manor five star hotel.

Pats key note address was on Leadership, our ability to succeed in a changing world and how with a belief, a focus and desire that as a team we can all conquer our own mountains and achieve our Everest.

Published in Corporate News
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:48

Shannon Gaels climb Corran Tuathail

Recently on the 8th May we guided a mens gaelic football team from Clare called Shannon Gaels, from the parishes of Kilmurry McMahon and Labasheeda up Corran Tuathail. They are an ambitious and positive team and they are the in form team in Clare football. They have won all the way up: U12 to U21A titles and intermediate. Tomás Madigan who is an ex player organised the weekend for the team as part of a program set out by

pat falvey talk to shannon galesThe weather was great, a little chilly in the morning but fine and bright. We started well and the team looked like they were up for it although some a little tired following a hard training session from ex-Kerry star Seamus Moynihan in St. Brendans College, Killarney the night before. With 20+ heading out the track toward the Hags Glen from Lislebane, the group were fit and a pleasure to lead even at this stage. Following an introduction to the Reeks by Pat, we heading uphill towards Br. O'Sheas gully.


oshes gullyThe pace was steady and quick. Plenty of craic along the way, we crested the top of O'Sheas to stunning views which the lads were taken back by. The last section was as always tough but worth it when you get your first views of the cross on the summit. After a couple of minutes at the summit admiring the scenery and a quick photo, we headed down to the ladder. Footwear is very important and one or two of the lads shoes weren't great hindering them now on the way down. The Devils ladder was interesting as usual to descend, Dave Roche discussed the safety before we went, the views of the track home clear as day below. With a ferry to catch in Tarbert the lads were back in Lislebane at 4.30pm, thrown on the ground beside the bus after a hard 2 days overall. The day was excellent and the group were great craic. Devils ladder

Best of luck to the team going forward: Damian O’Neill, Eugene O’Neill, Michael Coughlan, Tomás Madigan, Michael O’Donoghue, Shane Tubridy, Martin Tubridy, Fergal Kenny, John Bermingham, Declan Power, Brian Bermingham, Brendan Cleary, Peter O’Connell, Michael Crehan and Pádraig Neylon.

Guides: Pat Falvey, Dave Roche, Niall Foley and Lorraine Gordon.

Report by Niall Foley

On Saturday 29th of may a group of 41 staff and family members from the AIB Cork region arrived to Kerry to undertake the challenge of climbing Ireland's highest mountain, Corran Tuathail with Pat Falvey.

The weather was good even though the forecast was bad for the day. To the delight of the group all of the team reached the summit by the picturesque route of Coimin Uachtar and Brother O Sheas Gully.

The return climb to the summit took six and a half hours.

Full set of pictures of the day or on AIB Social Club gallery


Pat Falvey has run Management Development Programmes over the past seven years for University College Cork. These programmes have been for post – graduate students and also for a wide range of managers/directors in the corporate sector.

Pat and his team have done magnificent work for us in the areas of Team Building, Team Bonding and Motivation. The feedback from students, managers and their companies has been exceptionally positive and deemed to have a very beneficial payback with techniques that can be actively used in the workplace.

David A. Twomey
Programme Manager
Published in Testimonials
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 16:00

Free Meet Days for Worldwide Travellers

Pre Expedition Meet Days are designed as part of the preparation process. All team members are invited to partake- it is a good idea to attend these meetings once you have made up your mind to take on an expedition. The meets include a thorough briefing on all aspects of the trip and provide an ideal opportunity to clear up any final questions you may have, go for walk in the Reeks with your tour leader and meet each your team. These days are included in cost of All In Packages and at a reduced rate for Independent Travellers. Everyone welcome!
The Pipelife Group is a JV between Wienerberger and Solvay. It is one of the world's leading Plastic Pipes and Fittings groups. It is now active in 29 countries and operates 30 factories with 2,800 employees achieving pro-forma sales of 823 m Euro.

Pat was a Key note speaker at their Conference help in the Park Hotel in Killarney. Managers from their 29 countries attended. The conference was followed by teambuilding events held at Lord Brandons Cottage in the Black Valley.

Pats presentation focused on "A Team For Life" Challenge, Change, and the importance of individuals within the team working together to achieve targets.
Pat was a guest speaker as Bank of Ireland Mespil House. This is a series of motivational presentation being given by Pat for the bank of Ireland management staff from aroung the world on Risk, Challenge, change, motivation and goal setting.
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