The Ballyhoura Climbing Project is a joint initiative provided by Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre and Mountaineering Ireland. The project aims to make climbing accessible to youths in the area and the ultimate project goal is to establish a climbing club based at Kilfinane OEC.
The Ballyhoura Climbing Project is supported by Mountaineering Ireland's Girls Outside and the the Irish Sports Council's Womens in Sport Initiatives. The project has also been assisted by the County Limerick Local Sports Partnership, South Tipperary Local Sports Partnership and Co. Cork Local Sports Partnership.
Our Climbing Club has finished for the summer and will re-commence in September 2014.
Autumn/ Winter 2012/2013
Youth climbing sessions recommenced on Wednesday 19th September and we are delighted to see a huge number of young climbers back again after the summer break. Unfortunately we are not in a position to take on new climbers at present but if you are interested in joining the club do get in touch so we can keep your details on file.
We are delighted to be joined by coach Damien O' Sullivan, who brings with him a wealth of climbing experience that will be a major boost to the club. We have a great programme of events planned up to the end of the year to include a trip to the 'Gravity' Climbing Centre in Dublin and to one of the Irish Bouldering league competitions.
Summer Climbing Sessions
Thursday 19th July - Rockclimbing Outdoor Skills Day €50pp 8+ years
Thursday 26th July - Rockclimbing Trip to the Burren €50pp 8+years
Our Youth Climbing Sessions will commence again in September for Wednesday evenings. Notification will be sent to all members in advance. New members are welcome but must register in advance.
Adult Open Climbing Sessions also take place each Wednesday evening from 8.30pm - 10pm (commencing September - date to be confirmed). €10 per person €8 students/ unemployed
On June 20th the Ballyhoura Climbing Project held its first ever climbing competition at the Kilfinane OEC Rockwall. Over 20 participants took part with plenty more leaders and parents along to give a hand.
Competitors were divided in 4 groups by ability and age with prizes in all categories including a prize for most improved climber. Well done to all the participants. It's great to see such an improvement in standard within the few months since the project has started. Thanks to Mick Wren, Club Chairman for providing medals and to all to the sponsors who provided prizes on the night - Kilfinane OEC ( www.kilfinaneoec.com), River Deep Mountain High ( www.rdmh.ie) & Core Outdoor Ireland (www.coreoutdoor.ie).
BALLYHOURA CLIMBING PROJECT LAUNCH A GREAT SUCCESS !
On Tuesday 21st February the Ballyhoura Climbing Project held its opening launch at the Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre Rockwall. The launch evening was a tremendous success with an attendance of over fifty youths and nearly as many adults.
Everyone got the opportunity to try out a number of climbs on the rockwall, helped out by many volunteers under the direction of Kilfinane OEC staff. Our thanks to all the parents and children who came along to the launch and we hope to see you back again next week. A special word of thanks to all who helped out on the night including leaders and members from Cork Youth Climbing Club, Ballyhoura Outdoor Recreaction Course, South Eastern Mountain Rescue & plenty more individual helpers.
We will also have open climbing for adults next Tuesday from 8.30-10pm. Open Climbing sessions are open to adults who have completed belay training. For more information visit www.kilfinaneoec.com.
The Ballyhoura Climbing Project is a joint initiative with a number of project partners to include Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre, Mountaineering Ireland, County Limerick Local Sports Partnership, South Tipperary Local Sports Partnership and Co. Cork Local Sports Partnership.
Youths attending the Ballyhoura Climbing Project Launch along with organisers (Picture 1 - Back row L-R) Neal McQuaid (Talent Development Officer, Mountaineering Ireland) Richard Cussen (Cork Youth Climbing Club), Keith Bickford ( Manager, Kilfinane OEC), Karl Boyle (Chief Officer, Mountaineering Ireland), Valerie Connolly (South Tipperary Local Sports Partnership), Elaine Shea ( Co. Limerick Local Sports Partnership), Eidin Clery ( Senior Instructor, Kilfinane OEC)
Ballyhoura Climbing Club Launch
Who: Youths (aged 8 - 18 yrs)
When: 21 February 2012 @ 7pm
Where: Kilfinane OEC ( Rockwall)
Demos & Get Climbing on the night
Information for Parents - Tea & Biscuits
Kilfinane OEC is delighted to announce the launch of the Ballyhoura Climbing Project
This project is being launched by a number of project partners to include Mountaineering Ireland, Kilfinane OEC, Co. Limerick Local Sports Partnership, Co. Cork Local Sports Partnership & South Tipperary Local Sports Partnership. The project is supported by the Irish Sports Council 'Women in Sport' programme.
The Ballyhoura Climbing Project will offer a series of introductory sessions to participants to introduce them to climbing at the Indoor Rockwall in Kilfinane OEC. The project also aims to develop a sustainable climbing club in the Ballyhoura region for youth & adults.
We are also looking for adult volunteers to help out with running the project and setting up the club. Climbing experience is not necessary as training will be provided.