GAA stars and Foróige encourage all to ‘Abseil Everest in Ireland’

If 491 people abseiled 18 metres each, that would add up to 8840 metres – the height of Mount Everest.

If 491 people abseiled 18 metres each, that would add up to 8840 metres – the height of Mount Everest.

Youth organisation Foróige is determined to make this happen and you can help. ‘Abseil Everest in Ireland’ will take place during two days on June 30 and July 1, and people of all fitness levels can take part as long as they’re 12 years old or over.

The money raised will go to supporting youth services across Ireland, and the event will include a 24-metre abseil at Dalkey Quarry, Dublin with spectacular views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains, and a 20-metre abseil at Mallow, Cork down natural limestone cliffs at the Ballyhass Lakes in Cecilstown.

Among the GAA players supporting the event is T.J. Reid, the Kilkenny half-forward and Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA member.

“I was a member of the Ballyhale Foróige Club myself when I was younger,” he said. “It was a great place to go and meet new friends. You actually meet friends for life. That’s where I met Colin, who’s also on the county team. I think that’s what I learned from Foróige – how to be part of a team.”

During the two days, abseil stations will be open from 9.30am to 5pm and participants will be on the site for approximately 90 minutes under the guidance of professional instructors from the Adventure Agency. Participants under 18 will need to bring a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

The registration fee is €30 and participants must also raise sponsorship of €70. A concession of €50 sponsorship applies to Foróige members, volunteers and staff but the €30 registration fee still applies.

Those who raise more than €100 in sponsorship will have the chance to win a voucher permitting two people to participate in the Adventure Agency’s ‘Ultimate Abseil’ experience in Dalkey, Dublin.

Registration is required in advance, at www.foroige.ie/abseil.