Posted by: Jen | July 7, 2014

Summer at Cappanalea 2014

Hi everyone,

Lots happening here this summer so don’t forget to check us out.

Summer Camps – We have some spaces left on our Residential Camp for the 13-17 yr olds for the week of 11th – 15th Aug,other weeks are booked up Sorry!! And for the Non Residential Camps for the younger crew they are taking place on 4th – 8th Aug, 11th – 15th Aug, 18th – 22nd Aug and there are still some spots to fill so give us a shout. Booking forms are available on our website or call to the Centre.

Sailing Course for Juniors – This course is happening on 28th July – 1st Aug 2014 down on Caragh Lake. Few Spots left so book fast. Great course and something different for the kids, and don’t worry its for beginners and for those who want to brush up on some skills they might already have.

Kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney – We started back in Killarney last weekend out at Ross Castle and will be there till the end of August. Looking forward to a busy summer on the lakes. Please give us a call to book.

Day Activities – These are ongoing so don’t be afraid to give us a call and book yourself and the family in for a day of activity. Rock climbing, Kayaking/Canoeing, Orienteering, Hill walking, Sailing or perhaps even take on Carrantouthill with a bunch from work!!

We’ll keep in touch over the Summer enjoy the weather while its here, get out and be active.

We’re still here, not been blogging in a while but we have been busy which is good.
Firstly watch this space, we have a brand new website being developed which we are really excited about. It will be full of fun, video’s, Tours and testimonials. If you have been to Cappanalea OEC we would love to hear from you no matter how long ago s been please tell us your story. Site should be good to go in July sometime……………
We are busy now with School Tours and gearing up for Summer Camps which kick off in the middle of July and will keep going over the Summer weeks. Really hope the weather is kind to us but if it’s not that’s ok too as its just as much fun here in the rain!!!!
Scouts will be hitting the hills of Cappanalea shortly with most of our regulars coming back to us and a few new faces with is always nice to see. Spread the word if you’re a Scout, Scout Leader or have friends or family involved in it, perhaps they’d like to visit Cappanalea OEC next summer. Congrats to our long standing PEAK group who just celebrated 30 years of coming to us here at Cappanalea during Easter, another great week of fun.
If you fancy something different why not try our Sailing courses in July/August for the kids it’s great fun and very active, what a great way to spend your days.
And as always you can just book a Day Course if you haven’t time to spend the week with us, Canoeing/Kayaking, Hill Walking, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Windsurfing. Just give us a buzz a few days before to book. Or if you are in Killarney we also offer Canoeing/Kayaking out near Ross Castle during July/August.
We’ll be in touch again soon but for now enjoy your Summer whatever Adventure or Activity you get up to….

ISODE 2013, a Leonardo Da Vinci VETPRO programme, is providing 15 Irish outdoor developmental specialists with a weeklong experience observing the delivery of outdoor education in Slovenia.

Donal Dowd the Director of the Kerry OECs is one of the Irish professionals who will spend a week in six Outdoor Education Centres in Slovenia, working and living alongside their Slovenian counterparts and gaining a valuable insight into the way outdoor education and field studies are delivered to national school children in Slovenia.

The fifteen selected candidates represent a cross-section of all that is good in the provision of outdoor education and field studies to children in Ireland. From both public and private sector, the candidates represent organisations at the forefront of delivery and development of the sector in Ireland.

Along with Cappanalea OEC / Killarney National Park Education Centre (The Kerry OECs) the others participating on the programme include representatives from Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre (OEC), Baltinglass OEC, Shielbaggan OEC, Kinsale OEC, Delphi Adventure Centre, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Mór Active, University of Limerick Adventure Centre (Killaloe), Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Killary Adventure Centre, Dunmore East Adventure Centre, Institute of Technology Tralee, Outdoor Discovery and the School Completion Programme.

The group fly into Ljubljana and meet with their partners Center šolskih in obšolskih dejavnosti (CŠOD). The Slovenian national school curriculum requires compulsory attendance on outdoor activity and field studies programmes. Children in Slovenia as a result are, at national school level, required to attend adventure centres twice a year (within their school year) to develop their love, understanding and knowledge of nature and sport.

CŠOD is the largest provider of these activities, catering for up to 60% of all children in Slovenia annually. Their centres throughout this stunning country are situated in every type of landscape, from Alpine mountains to sea shore, karst landscapes (similar to the Burren) to fossil fields. As a result of this compulsory attendance, there are almost twice as many outdoor vocational education centres in Slovenia than in Ireland even though it has half the population.

The Irish candidates will spend a week visiting a selection of CŠOD centres and working with the managers and children. The aim of the programme is to promote the sharing of ideas and best practice.

It is hoped that the placement will also help develop long-lasting relationships between the Irish and Slovenian centres.

When asked about the programme, Mark Toner, Managing Director of Landon Carver and developer of the programme, stated: “We are delighted with the incredible interest in the programme. We were oversubscribed and unable to facilitate everyone who wanted to go on the programme. However, we are delighted with the standard of participants that have been successful in securing a place. It’s an outstanding group of 15 and really represents the best at what they do in Ireland; we would like to pay tribute to them for all their hard work over the years, and for their input in developing the programme.

It’s good to finally have a good news story and we are delighted to be involved. We would also like to pay tribute to Léargas for all their assistance.”

Posted by: Jen | June 26, 2013

Changes at Kerry Education Service

Mr Colm McEvoy, current CEO in County Cavan VEC, has been appointed as the permanent CEO to Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB) from the commencement of the new ETB. This appointment is as a result of the Department of Education and Skills decision to amalgamate VEC’s nationally and reduce the numbers from 33 to 16. Over the last few months the DES have been appointing CEO Designates to the new 16 ETB entities from the list of permanent CEO’s already in the system. As of the 1st July Kerry Education Service will be known as Kerry Education and Training Board. The current acting CEO Ms. Ann O Dwyer will hand over the reigns to Colm McEvoy and she will revert back to her previous role as Education Officer. Ann O Dwyer has been acting CEO since Dr. Barney O Reilly’s retirement in 2011.
We would like to express our appreciation to Ann O Dwyer for all her work and support over the last two years and we look forward to working with Colm McEvoy over the years to come.

Posted by: Jen | April 10, 2013

Work Placement in Capanalea OEC

IMG_2573My name is Egidijus Ceginskas I am a student from ITT Tralee, Adventure Tourism Management course and I have finished my six weeks work placement in Cappanalea OEC, where I had amazing, unforgettable time.
From the first day in Cappanalea I was welcomed and treated as a staff member. I have got lots of experience in variety activities, starting from rock-climbing, kayaking, hill walking, orienteering and canoeing. I have logged all my hours needed for the sea kayaking instructor training assessment, also I logged some hill walks needed for my Mountain skills assessment.
I am on my final day in the office, where I am familiarised with social media, marketing, management, event planning and all business side of the centre. I still can’t believe that is my final day today.
If you are thinking to do work placement in Cappanalea, I would say it is worth it by million percent.
Once again I would like to say thank you to all the staff of Cappanalea OEC.

Posted by: Jen | March 26, 2013

Summer Adventure Holiday Dates have been set

Looking for a Summer camp this summer….well look no further as Cappanalea OEC has both residential and non residential camps to suit all age groups. The non-residential camps are suited to those aged between 7 – 13 yrs of age while the residential camps are those aged from 13- 17yrs of age.
The camps stay the same amazing value as 2012. And we guarantee a fun well organised week of outdoor activities. To check out the dates log on for more information.

Posted by: Jen | January 17, 2013

Rás na Ríochta Early Bird Registration open

Early bird

Online registration is now open for Cappanalea OEC adventure race Rás na Ríochta. This years race is on Saturday 20th July 2013. Early bird registration is open untill Thursday 28th February 2013. So act now and build a little R n R into your 2013 racing calendar.
Log onto

Posted by: Jen | November 29, 2012

Xcessible Outdoors Initiative

Cappanalea OEC in association with Kerry recreation and Sports partnership and the CARA centre is hosting an Outdoor Activity day for people with disabilities to help promote International Disability awareness day on Monday 3rd December.

The Xcessible Outdoor activity day takes place in Ballyseedy Woods (southern entrance (Lidl road / farmers bridge road) from 12pm – 3pm.

This is family orienteering day with a focus on providing physical activity opportunities for people with a disability…the objective being to include the whole family. There will be no charge on the day for those participating.

Posted by: Jen | October 24, 2012

Mountain Skills Training Course

Cappanalea OEC is running an adult Mountain skills training course on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November. There will be two course offered Mountain Skills 1 and Mountain Skills 2.

Syllabus includes the following:

Mountain Hazards

Climatic hazards

• Temperature, precipitation, wind, lightning, humidity and snow.

• Reference to causes of mountain hypothermia.

Topographic hazards

• Steepness, ruggedness, special emphasis on remoteness.

• Reference to falls and drownings in hillwalking situations.

• Ability with reference to terrain and conditions.

Human hazards

• Health and fitness.

• Poor/lack of equipment.

• Poor route choice.


• Map scales/symbols/conventional signs.

• Ordnance Survey maps/history, reliability, suitability, comparison of

different scales.

• Terminology/features (e.g. corries, spurs, ridges, aretes etc.)

• Relief depiction including contours, crags.

• Orienteering maps.

• Grid references.


• Methods of calculating distance travelled and height climbed

(Naismith’s Rule).

• Methods of measuring distances on ground (timing, pacing).

• Simple navigational techniques (aiming off, handrails, attack points etc.).

• Methods of location, cardinal points (solar, astral).

• Feature recognition (distant and near), self-location.

• Navigating across country using map alone.

• Theory of navigational tools including Silva-type compass, altimeters, and GPS.

• Map setting by compass: following bearing, back bearing and simple resection.

• Navigating across country using both map and compass.

To book your place please log onto for more information.

Posted by: Jen | September 11, 2012

Green Hospitality Award

Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre joined the Green Hospitality Programme (GHP) in early 2012 and has committed to implement the GHP in our daily operations. The centre is already environmentally proactive and measures already exist to minimise the impact of the centre on the local environment. The Centre already has a good recycling system in place and we encourage all visitors to recycle – plastics, cans and cardboard.
The main areas to focus on for the award are:
Energy Management
Waste Management
Water management
It is hoped to achieve the Eco Label in the coming months. In an effort to maintain the required standards we would ask all visitors to assist us in being more environmentally responsible by:
1. Sorting out your waste and placing the waste in the appropriate bins.
2. Switch off lighting in rooms when not in use.
3. Close windows and doors in rooms when finished.
4. Turn off taps and showers when finished.
5. Have respect for the Flora and Fauna.
6. It is very simple, take all litter home.

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