Focus on ski holidays

SKI instructors from Austria will be present at the Ski Club of Ireland in Kilternan next weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to introduce the ever popular sport which thousands of Irish people enjoy each year.

Numbers travelling to ski holiday destinations are growing and this initiative has been organised by Irish travel firm Topflight in conjunction with the Ski Club of Ireland and Great Outdoors.

The instructors are from the Wilder Kaiser Ski School in St Johann in Tirol and the event coincides with the launch of Topflight’s Winter Ski Brochure.

There will be six classes each day for adults and children (over seven) at a cost of €15 an hour — that includes the fitting and hire of skis, boots and sticks. Details from the Ski Club of Ireland on 01 2955658.

PARTICIPANTS are being sought to take part in a 26 kilometre Mountain Moon Challenge on Saturday, November 20, along the Wicklow Way from Crone Wood to Glendalough.

The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and FOG (Friends of the Glen) are hosting the Challenge to help raise funds towards the building of a new Base for the Glen team — one of Ireland‘s busiest Mountain Rescue teams. This will be the first Mountain Rescue base to be located on the east coast of Ireland.

Formed in 1983, the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team is a 100% voluntary service that, on average, responds to at least one incident a week across the Wicklow mountains. Further information available at www.wmr.ie

LOVERS of the seaside will be descending on Tramore for the third annual Tramore Oceanic Surf and Sea Festival from September 23 to 26 to join in one of the many free events and workshops featuring on the festival programme.

Free Irish Wildlife Trust Seaweed Workshops, Eco Walks, Seafood Foraging, Green Energy and a Coastal Eco Workshop with Coastwatch Ireland all feature on the programme.

The festival programme also features a Farmer’s and Country Market Extravaganza on the promenade, half price surf hire and lessons from all four surf schools, dry sailing tuition, rock-painting with the Middle Earth Venture Scouts, face-painting, a non-electric picnic and a classic Volkswagon car display.

A full programme of activities can be viewed on www.oceanics.ie or on Facebook. Special accommodation rates can be found on www.tramoretourism.net

THE Thomson Summer Collection 2011 has just been launched by Falcon Travel, featuring quality holidays designed primarily with couples and adults in mind and focusing on four and five star hotels in Egypt, Majorca, Algarve, Lanzarote, Cyprus, Costa Dorada, Corfu and Crete.

Lead-in prices start at €479 for a week half board, or €529 inclusive. To find out more call 1850 453545, contact any local travel agent or Falcon Shop.


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