News 2015

Title: A Night of Celebration - Launch of New Guidebook - Rock Climbing in Donegal
Type: 09/12/2015
Date: 09/12/2015
System Date: 09/12/2015

A great night was had last night (8th December 2015) at the official launch of the new Mountaineering Ireland guidebook, ‘Rock Climbing in Donegal’. The launch took place in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, and was held in association with Donegal County Council. The new guidebook is a select guide to rock climbing in Donegal and the author, Iain Millar, was on hand last night to take those in attendance on a whirl-wind tour of the County.


Iain Miller signing the Donegal Guidebook

The event was attended by a large group of local climbers, visitors and dignitaries. Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council, who was accompanied by Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District, welcomed all to Donegal and to Letterkenny, Ireland’s tidiest town. He noted the value of the guidebook and the wonderful resource base for outdoor recreational and tourism that Donegal has to offer. Outdoor recreation and tourism was of critical importance to the people of Donegal and showcasing options for such outdoor recreation was equally important. The guidebook was therefore a very welcome addition to the county.


Iain Miller talking to Cllr Ciaran Brogan

Alan Tees, author of the first climbing guidebook on Donegal and former president of Mountaineering Ireland, congratulated Iain Miller on the book, on the quality of the images and of the routes described. He noted that pulling together such a guidebook is no easy task and that he was happy to pass on the mantle to Iain Miller. Ursula McPherson, president of Mountaineering Ireland and Director of Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, noted the guidebook was a labour of love. She too congratulated Iain Miller together with all those who assisted in the production of the book, including David Flanagan. She noted the close co-operation that currently exists between Donegal County Council and Mountaineering Ireland on a range of initiatives and welcomed this engagement including the support of Failte Ireland. She then officially launched Mountaineering Ireland’s guidebook, ‘Rock Climbing in Donegal’.

Alan Tees, Iain Miller and Ursula McPherson, president of Mountaineering Ireland

Iain Miller then took to the stage and gave a wonderful presentation on options for rock climbing in Donegal working from South to North as outlined in the guidebook. He noted that he has spent the past nine years exploring Donegal making the first ascents of over 400 rock climbs and 50 previously unclimbed sea stacks. He stated that Donegal is unsurpassed in terms of climbing options. The guidebook provides a lifetime, indeed the figure of 150 lifetimes was mentioned, of outstanding world class rock climbing in some of the most beautiful, remote and unspoilt places in Ireland. 


Group Photo (All photos credited to Patrick Bonner)

Ruairí Ó Conchúir, CEO of Mountaineering Ireland, thanked Iain Miller for his presentation and for all his efforts in bringing the guidebook to completion. He also thanked all others involved in the guidebook. He welcomed the close working relationship with Donegal County Council on Errigal and Sliabh Liag and expressed the hope that this close working relationship would continue to grow and develop. He ended the evening by thanking all for attending and noted the wonderful support of Barney McLaughlin and Mary Daly from Donegal County Council in hosting the reception in the beautiful Regional Cultural Centre.


The guidebook will have a Dublin launch in advance of the Lynam Lecture this Thursday night, 10th December 2015 in Trinity College Dublin. It will be available for purchase on the night and is now also available for purchase directly from the Mountaineering Ireland shop.


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