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Monday 21 October 2019

A great day for an adventure

A team of canoeists ready to hit the water with their instructors Tony Connolly and Jayne Arbon during the information day at the Bunclody Adventure Hub
A team of canoeists ready to hit the water with their instructors Tony Connolly and Jayne Arbon during the information day at the Bunclody Adventure Hub

Brendan Keane

There were scenes of great excitement witnessed in Bunclody at the recent open day at the town's Adventure Hub.

In May, this year the Bunclody Adventure Hub was officially opened and at that time the Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan said a key priority of Wexford County Council going forward was to work in partnership with as many agencies as possible to promote Bunclody for its social tourism, health and wellbeing opportunities.

The Chairperson of the Bunclody Town Team, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy also spoke at that launch and said initiatives like the Adventure Hub could have a major impact on the town - especially with regard to tourism.

A number of stakeholder organisations were involved in helping to get the Adventure Hub 'over the line' along with other local projects, including Bunclody Town Team; the local authority, Sports Active Wexford, the sports council, WWETB, Sheilbaggan Outdoor Adventure Centre, REDz, Joe Fallon Architecture.

The recent open day event gave local people and visitors an ideal opportunity to see and experience first-hand what the Adventure Hub has to offer.

With an ever increasing focus being placed on the need for people to adopt healthier and more active lifestyles the hub offers an extensive range of programmes and activities to suit people of all ages.

Since opening the hub has developed a number of very popular programmes including the Saturday Watersports Club which caters for paddlers aged 11 to 16 on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and for those aged 17 years and older from 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year also saw a number of watersport summer camps taking place and the large crowd of people who availed of the opportunity to access the water through the open day initiative highlighted the high level of interest that exists throughout the county and neighbouring parishes in south Carlow for the hub.

To find out more about the Bunclody Adventure Hub and the different programmes if offers people including kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding look up Bunclody Adventure Hub online.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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