News 2018

Title:  New Strategic Plan to be presented at Spring Gathering
Date:  21/02/2018

Work on the preparation of Mountaineering Ireland’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 is continuing with the aim of presenting the plan at Mountaineering Ireland’s AGM in the Aherlow House Hotel on Saturday 24th March.

The new plan has been informed by six regional meetings that took place around the country in November / December 2017, at which we had representation from 45 member clubs, and also an online survey which attracted 1,000 responses. Of the 1,000 respondents to the survey, 80% were Mountaineering Ireland members. 58.3% of these members identified hillwalking as their main activity, 12% identified rockclimbing as their main activity, 9.5% indoor climbing, 7.8% trail walking / low level walking, 6.6 scrambling / mountaineering and 1.6% bouldering.

The survey also asked what Mountaineering Ireland should focus on in the period ahead. Choosing from 17 different options, 59% of respondents rated Sustainable use of Ireland’s mountains as one of their top three priorities, followed by Proactive plan around access (46%), Defining its purpose (28%); Ensuring high standards in mountain training and supporting skills development (24%); Development of hillwalking (22%) and Development of climbing (11.5%).

Thank you to all those who contributed to the consultation, your input has been invaluable to the process.

Details of the AGM and Spring Gathering are available here ( All members are welcome to attend the Gathering and Mountaineering Ireland strongly encourages all clubs to send a minimum of two delegates to attend the AGM and avail of their voting rights.