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Kilkee Sports Festival 23rd – 28th August


Alive Outside is delighted to announce the launch of Kilkee first Sports Festival from Monday the 23rd of August to Saturday the 28th of August. The week will start with former Munster and Irish Prop forward, Peter Bracken hosting a rugby camp for 11 to 19 year old boys & girls on Kilkee’s astro turf facility. Peter will be assisted by another former Irish International, John ‘Paco’ Fitzgerald and Super 14 Otago Highlanders utility back, Cory Brown. Peter’s camp runs from Monday to Friday, further info is at www.scrumdoctor.com.

The next part of the Kilkee Sports festival kicks off at 12pm on Saturday the 28th of August with Kilkee hosting a leg of the Alive Outside/ ITRA’s hugely successful beach tag series. This year’s beach tag series kicks off on Sandymount Strand, continues on to Clifden in Galway, Inchydoney in West Cork, Kilkee in Co. Clare and on to the grand final on Banna Beach, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Beach tag is a non contact sport which is a spin off of ITRA’s national summer leagues, played in 20 venues across Ireland. Beach tag is a mixed sport with squads of 12 players battling it out in a blitz style competition throughout the day. Kilkee’s beautiful horse shoe beach is a perfect location for beach tag.  Beach tag’s after competition social reputation is well known. With Kilkee’s array of pubs and restaurants just 1 minute from the action, this leg of beach tag promises to be a highlight. Registration and further details are available at www.beachtag.ie

The weekend of sport continues with Alive Outside’s inaugural Half marathon starting from the main street in Kilkee at 5:30 pm. Runners and walkers will set off from Main Street heading out past Kilkee beach, turning left on to Dunlicky Road and out along the famous Loop Head peninsula, a recent winner of the European Destination of Excellence for Aquatic Tourism Award. This is a fantastic opportunity for athletes from all over Ireland to savour the delights of this beautiful peninsula. Running in Ireland has never been more popular so a large field is expected.

We are delighted to announce that we have added a 10k run to the half marathon course. Runners will run along the same route as the half marathon participants but will turn at a 5k turnaround point on the coast road and head back to Kilkee.

Further details about the half marathon & 10k are available at www.aliveoutside.ie

The after party and presentations will take place in Kilkee’s excellent selection of pubs and restaurants. With so many sports enthusiasts in Kilkee for the weekend an electric atmosphere is guaranteed. We envisage that participants will avail of the excellent numerous activities in Kilkee and in its neighboring areas throughout their stay thereby delivering an economic impact to the area. A farmers market on the Sunday from 11 to 2pm with local craft and food available will be welcomed by participants. A contribution from registrations for the half marathon will be made to the Clare Crusaders Clinic.

The Kilkee Sports Festival would like to acknowledge its partners for this event.

Alive Outside, ITRA, Metro Hearld, Clare Crusaders, Clare Sports Partnership, Clare Tourism, Clare County Council, An Garda Siochana, Kilkee Chamber of Commerce, Loop Head Tourism, Kilkee Thalassotherapy Centre, The Strand Hotel, Nolan’s B&B, Ocean Life, Nev Sail watersports, Expert Hardware, Stella Maris Hotel, Murphy Blacks, Dolphin Watch Carrigaholt, Naughtons Bar & Restaurant, The Greyhound Bar.

Further Information;

Alive Outside- Brian Nevin- [email protected]

Alive Outside

Who & What we are

AliveOutside.ie is a dynamic Irish sporting events company that equally values male and female competitors from every age, sporting background and ability participating in our events.

We pride ourselves in organizing and running ‘Blue Ribbon’ sports’ events throughout Ireland.  Our aim is to create a quality platform of sporting events where the individual emphasis could range from achieving a new personal best or trying something new without any fears of failing.

Our events are extremely safety conscious with the participant’s welfare always a priority.  We never lose sight of the fact that sport is about having fun, maximizing your potential and meeting new people.

AliveOutside.ie wants to reach out to those in Ireland who may want to embrace a change of lifestyle.  From the first to the last person across the line…everybody’s a winner.  For AliveOutside.ie it is all about maximizing Participation!

What We Do

Alive Outside is a full time professional Sports Events Company with over 10 years of experience organizing and running events in Ireland. We have a wealth of experience spanning events ranging from 10 week competitions with up to 18,000 participants to One Day events. Alive Outside has an extensive network of professional staff dedicated to our sporting events.  

Alive Outside caters for people of all sporting abilities and backgrounds. By taking advantage of the many natural resources Ireland has to offer, we bring a wide and varied list of quality ‘Blue Ribbon’ sporting events that you will enjoy participating in, making Ireland potentially one of the best sporting playgrounds in Europe.

Clare Crusaders

Clare Crusaders is a registered charity (Reg No.410937) dedicated to the provision of services to children living in County Clare with special needs in any of the following areas:

1.    Cerebral Palsy

2.    Autism

3.    Down Syndrome

Clare Crusaders opened their first clinic in September 2007 at the Tulla Road Ennis. In March 2009, we moved to larger premises in Barefield village.  Ann Norton manages the clinic on a voluntary basis.

What Services Do We Provide?

The Clinic employs five fulltime Therapists who provide 175 hours of Therapy each week to 130 children. Ages range from 4 months to 18 years and we provide the following services:

·          Occupational Therapy.

·          Speech Therapy.

·          Physiotherapy.

·          Reflexology

·          Montessori

The charity also employs an office Administrator who works 25 hours a week.

We also provide Therapy to St Claire’s and St Anne’s Schools for children with special needs in Ennis. Since Sept 2007, we have expanded our services by bringing our therapists to the children at the Autism Unit at Inagh National School, Newmarket on Fergus National School and Barefield N.S.  We intend to further expand this service to other locations throughout the county.

The response from parents has been overwhelmingly positive and we are happy to report significant improvement in several children receiving hands-on therapies.

The future

We started the charity in 2005 and it took 2 years to raise the necessary funds to start our own clinic. This was our first target and our clinic opened for business in September 2007. Running and maintaining the Clinic costs in the region of €250.000 annually

All our income comes from fundraising and personal donations as we do not receive any Government funding. Therefore, we are mindful that there is a limited pool of funds available to us each year. To this end, we must explore all options available to help finance the operations of our clinic. With this in mind we constantly have to come up with innovative ideas for fundraising. We have such plans in place to keep the clinic funded through 2010 and we will need to review our position with view to our funding to 2011.

Howard Flannery founded the Clare Crusaders running group in 2005 initially to help parents and families of children with Cerebral Palsy. Other parents and friends joined him and so the Clare Crusaders charity for children with special needs was formed.  Howard was tragically killed in a road accident while training for a fundraiser for the Clare Crusaders in June 2007. Howard’s memory will always live on with the amazing work that is being done in the Clare Crusaders Clinic.

For more information see our website .www.clarecrusaders.ie.

Contact number is Ann Norton   (087) 6679340.

Email:[email protected].

Frank Cassidy   (087) 9580533.