Looking for new and exciting educational adventure we have developed an Artificial Cave System. The answer as to why might run as follows;
Artificial caving systems provide a fun and exciting replication of real caving but in a safe and controlled environment. Similar to indoor climbing walls artificial caving systems aim to educate, inspire and excite a new generation of subterranean explorers as well as make caving more available to those who other wise would not get a chance to participate.
It is more expansive than you might expect, about 75m of passageway numerous junctions and various challenges along the way, that’s plenty of space to get lost in.
As I am sure you all know we are working hard on trying to make our move to Forth Mountain outside Wexford into a reality. Thanks to Wexford County Council and Failte Ireland for their hard work on this one. We will post any details as they become available, for any of you who read the wexford papers you will see that the compulsory purchase of land for putting in the roads was done a few weeks ago.. so another box ticked!
However don’t worry things are definately not at a standstill in Ramsgrange Paul and Ricky have been working hard on completely rebuilding our team challenge area. New for this year are the obstacle course and swing over the chasm.
Also coming in the next 2 weeks are a permanent climbing wall at the centre, coming in from Alton Towers and rumours of a high ropes course…. watch this space for more details and photos.
Oh and I nearly forgot.. new cafe area inside the building
On Sat 30th Jan Shielbaggan spent the day Whale watching off Hook Head. Amazingly 5 min after leaving Fethard we found a Humpback and then spent the next 5 hours following this amazing animal. The clip below says it all;
2010 has started in the most exciting way possible, with sightings of humpback whale feeding of the Hook peninsula. A photograph appeared in the Irish Times on Monday, 25 January showing a whale breaching very near Baginbun Head. This is only the second time this has been seen in Ireland. Instructors from the centre have been desperately driving round hook head fully kitted up with sea kayaks but as yet have been unable to paddle with the Whales. Don’t worry if we get any pictures we will put them up straightaway.
The followng photos are from the irish Whale and Dolpin group
All at Shielbaggan OEC are very excited about 2010. We already have quite a large number of schools booked in for this year. For school groups who come to the centre will be offering a large range of both watesports and landsports. Most of the water sports equipment is all less than a year old.
A new service which is being o ffered in 2010 is a mobile service to schools. The service brings the outdoor activities to the school. The proposed activities included in the service are the centres new mobile climbing wall, a mobile low ropes course either archery or orienteering. Please contact Deirdre on 051389550 for more details.
This year will also see the introduction of sea paddling courses using the centre’s new fleet of sea kayaks. These courses will be run all-round the Southeast but mainly based from Bannow cottages. These courses will include beginners and intermediate as well a specialist courses focusing on such things as camping and photography. Other specialist courses will include whitewater kayaking, rock climbing and powerboating.
The Colligan Gorge Games will take place on 13 November. This will be the event’s third year and all the organisers at Shielbaggan are working towards ensuring that it will be even bigger than ever. A new event of this year will be a sea kayaking race on 25 September. This race will take place from Rosslare to Wexford over a course of approximately 20 km.
All in all we are hoping for an exciting 2010 and we are sure that no matter who you are that we have something to offer you.
Shielbaggan is delighted thats its Mobile Climbing Wall will be at the Toys 4 Big Boys Show. All visitors in the show will be able to come and climb the wall, providing a ideal opportunity for people to try their hand at rock climbing. This also provides a great entertainment not just for participants but also for spectators. Remember this is not just for kids but adults as well. looking forward to seeing you there…….
The three day trip started in Ballyryan, then to Aill na Crónáin and finishing off on the famous cliffs at Allidie. All participants were from Wexford Hillwalking Club. The weekend proved to be a great success with lots of climbing, leading and of course some excellent Craic in the pubs of Doolin.
Anyone who would like information on Rock Climbing programmes should contact us at info@shielbagganoec or ring on 051389550.
The build up for the Colligan Gorge Games has started, the new Games website is operating, a facebook fanpage now has over 120 fans and last but not least there are 60 entries in already. This years games is set to be bigger than ever. Keep watching the website or become a facebook fan for more info. But if you want to enter you better be quick, places are limited and filling fast.
White Water action at the 2008 Colligan Gorge games