Friday 17 November 2017

Ireland's Gorgeous Adventure: An awfully glam adventure

Photography by Steve Ryan Styling by Aisling Farinella fashion edited by Constance Harris

T-shirt, €26, American Apparel.
Jeans, €120, Billabong; shoes, €65, Vans,
both Surfworld Bundoran.
Watch; ring, both Richie's own
T-shirt, €26, American Apparel. Jeans, €120, Billabong; shoes, €65, Vans, both Surfworld Bundoran. Watch; ring, both Richie's own
Judy Van Den Ancker — skydiver Tony Suit jumpsuit, $240, Vest, €22, Nike, Lifestyle Sports. Scarf, €18, American Apparel. Gloves, $15, Earrings, Judy's own
Katie McAnena — Irish Ladies Windsurfing Champion Sweater, €37, Nike, Lifestyle Sports. Wetsuit, €225, O'Neills, Surfdock
Mikey Clancy — professional windsurfer Winter wetsuit, from €100, Mystic, Puremagic Kitesurfing Shop
Sara-Jane Tracy — show jumper Hoodie, €55, Toggi; Holmestead Saddlery. Polo shirt, €32, Nike, Lifestyle Sports. Leather chaps, custom made, priced to order from Parlanti, Tailored Equestrian. Jodhpurs, €76.79, Caldene; boots, from €127, Ariat; gloves, from €25, Tredstep, all Holmestead Saddlery
Iain Ward — triathlete Hoodie, €46, American Apparel. Dri-fit top, €35; running shorts, €32.99, both Nike, Elverys Sports. Adizero trainers, £72, Socks, Iain's own
Michael Whelan and daughter Aine — hill walkers Aine wears: Jacket, €90, Oldo; trousers, €150, Marmot; scarf, €26, Buff, all Basecamp. Hoodie, £42, Abercrombie & Fitch. T-shirt, €11; hair bobble with flower, €5, both Alwear. Boots, Aine's own Michael wears: Bodywarmer vest, €119, Rab, Altitude. Quito jacket, €256.49, Paramo, Basecamp. Polo shirt, €29, Lowe Alpine, Altitude. Shorts, €20; leggings, €25, both Nike, TK Maxx. Boots, Michael's own

Constance Harris

One of the good things to emerge from our current economic climate is that the trend to go abroad for holidays and excitement has been stemmed. Which is not only good for the environment, but we are also rediscovering and celebrating our own landscape, as well as creating jobs for the Irish people who are plugging away to survive here.

The past three years have seen a huge increase in our desire to be fit and active. Surfing has become a sport for everyone and it has generated valuable tourism in remote areas of Donegal and the West. Cycle paths are being created all over the country: Coillte has been doing fabulous landscaping projects for sports enthusiasts. Our city parks are alive at 6.30am with the sounds of grunts from Bootcamp detainees -- oops, sorry, I mean participants.

If only Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council would get on with regenerating the Rainbow Rapids in Dun Laoghaire and the Blackrock Baths. Then we would have amazing salt-water pools and diving-board opportunities for the masses.

I love the outdoors. And nothing gets me as juiced up as performance gear for sports and outdoors activities and the opportunity to try something new.

So The Adventure Weekend fair at the RDS, from May 20 to May 22, sounds like heaven to me with its combination of activities, talks, performance-gear exhibitors and all-round excitement.

Event organisers Catapult Ltd have a fountain of great information for the converted, as well as the curious, the excited and the loaded as to what can be enjoyed in Ireland.

They are creating a giant, interactive playground zone, featuring a vertical wind tunnel -- to simulate the effect of a parachute jump -- zorbing, paintballing, rage buggies, water walking and more.

Experts will be showing off sports such as skateboarding, BMX and mountain biking, inline skating, free running and more.

This really is the kind of event where if you have a secret, long-held dream to learn how to ride a horse, sail around Ireland, go trekking in the Slieve Mish mountains, learn survival skills, or tick something off your bucket list, going along could be the all-important first step. Tickets are €15, with discounts for students, OAPs and families. For more information, see

On our pages today, some of Ireland's leading outdoor-adventure sportsmen and women, as well as ordinary folk, share their sartorial recommendations, their joy and passion for Ireland's gorgeous outdoors. Soon to be yours, I hope!


American Apparel, 114-116 Grafton St, D2, tel: (01) 670-6936, or see

Puremagic Kitesurfing Shop, 370 Clontarf Rd, D3, tel: (01) 805-4912, or see

Holmestead Saddlery, Holmestead Stud, Farmervale, Near Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, tel: (01) 458-8600, or see

Tailored Equestrian, Hilton View Stables, Scotshouse, Co Monaghan, tel: (047) 56777, or see

Basecamp, 108-109 Middle Abbey St, D1, tel: (01) 443-0800, or see

Altitude, 22 Ballybricken, Waterford, tel: (051) 870-356/850-228, or see

Surfworld Bundoran, Main St, Bundoran, Co Donegal, tel: (071) 984-1223, or see

Surfdock, Grand Canal Dockyard, Sth Dock Rd, Ringsend, D4, tel: (01) 668-3945, or see

Gravity Skate Shop, Unit 3, Cross St, Galway, tel: (091) 534-225

Photography by Steve Ryan, see Styling by Aisling Farinella, see

Assisted by Kieran Kilgallon Make-up and grooming by Ailbhe Fitzpatrick, LA Make-up Academy, see

With special thanks to The Coach House, Roundwood, which is under new management. The Adventure Weekend, Ireland’s first ever three-day adventure event, takes place in the RDS from Friday, May 20, to Sunday, May 22, 2011. Tickets are on sale now through for €15. Discounts are available for students, OAPs and families, see

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