New educational courses,
training and research projects will be established at Cappanalea,
Ireland’s National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training, through an
agreement signed today (Monday 22 July)
between Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) and University College Cork (UCC).
Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Mr.
Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport,
Tourism and Sport, stated
“Outdoor activities and sports are
seeing an enormous increase in participation as too has adventure tourism. It
is important that we provide the highest standard in education and training for
anyone who wishes to learn and discover our natural environment. I am proud of
today’s agreement which is a commitment for two leaders in their fields to work
closely together. This is a significant step to develop Cappanalea, The National
Centre for Outdoor Education and Training (NCOET) into a hugely successful
national and, indeed, international centre”.
The Memorandum of Agreement
between UCC and Kerry’s ETB brings together UCC’s Departments of Sport and
Education together with Cappanlea’s facilities and instructors. This agreement
sets out the potential areas for collaboration between both institutions and
outlines the specific programmes and activities that will be made available
through this collaboration.
John O’Halloran, Deputy President and Registrar, UCC, stated “UCC has
one of the highest rates of student participation in sports clubs among Irish
universities. This agreement is a natural extension, combining our passion for
activity and our sporting knowledge with Cappanlea. We wish to thank Minister Griffin
and Kerry ETB for their work on this agreement, for we believe this is will be
a superb partnership for our students, the community and the local economy.”
Thanking the Minister for State
Brendan Griffin and the other visitors, for taking the time to attend in
Cappanalea, CEO of Kerry ETB, Colm
“Kerry ETB is very proud of what has been achieved in Cappanalea over the years and I would like to pay tribute to Donal Dowd and his team for developing the Centre into what it is today. With the engagement of UCC, through the agreement signed today, Cappanalea, The National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training (NCOET) enters a new and exciting chapter in its development. We have high expectations for the Centre and I am delighted that UCC has agreed to work with us on this. We believe that this National Centre will become an international exemplar of what is possible in outdoor education and training.”