Social Climbing for a Great Cause – The Kerry Charity Challenge

Good news for all lovers of the outdoors! The 17th annual Kerry Charity Challenge goes ahead as usual from April 12 to 14 and is based in lovely setting of the Castlerosse hotel, Killarney. The event was the brainchild in 1997 of Moneygall man Michael Sutton and Thurles mountain climber John G O’Dwyer.  It has gone ahead every year since and is aimed at raising money for visually impaired people and other good causes. This year the second cause being supported is the the provision of a badly needed indoor climbing facility for County Tipperary which is planned for Upperchurch village. 


John G O'Dwyer and Michael Sutton busy making plans for the 2013 Kerry Charity Challenge.


The event offers each participant an opportunity to conquer Ireland’s highest mountain on a fully guided ascent of Carrauntoohil or to enjoy a choice of easier low level trail and nature walks  in the stunning Kerry countryside. There are walks to suit all fitness levels and there is always a great social atmosphere with newcomers to wilderness walking being particularly welcome.

This unique opportunity to make friends in high places while supporting 2 good causes costs just €159 per participant, which includes accommodation on Friday and Saturday, with gala dinner and entertainment with dancing till late Saturday evening. Further information on this unique chance for an unforgettable New–year experience from Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles, Tel: 086–4009989; email;

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