Eddie Dwyer and James Doran can look back on a year when they took a chance on a new business venture, and saw it succeed.
Kilkenny Activity Centre began at the start of 2014 - and over twelve months on is one of the top attractions on Kilkenny’s formidable tourist itinerary.
For Eddie and James it was a leap of faith. Eddie had his own construction business and James worked for him.Like many in the construction industry the downturn had a big impact on his life. It was in his mind to do such a venture as this, and as James was a taxi driver, he realised from visitors to Kilkenny the need for such a venture. And so Kilkenny Activity Centre came to being. “There’s been no regrets, for us it was a great decision. It’s very different than construction. In a sense we’ve grown a lot more, gained confidence by meeting different people every week. And it’s just brilliant fun,” said Eddie.
So various groups - Hens Stages, birthday parties young and old, corporate groups all come for various fun and games - from just getting down and dirty on the obstacle course to team building and morale with the paint ball games. “It’s great to be considered one of the top ten attractions, and we just got notice that we are the top venue in Kilkenny for parties.”
And the secret of the success - “It’s back to basics, the personal touch. When we are instructors, we know everyone’s first name, we take part, become a part of their activity. You know it’s like when you were a kid, jumping over fences and gates, guns, all great fun.”
Kilkenny Activity Centre, with enquiries from groups ,now offer the complete package for visitors to Kilkenny. With the help of neighbours The Orchard Bar and Lounge and accomadation at the Springhill Hotel, they can cater for all. They can be contacted on (086) 2611567 , www.kilkennyactivitycentre.ie or on facebook.