Simon Coveney, Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, officially opened Upper Limits in Upperchurch on Thursday 1st May (along with the new Visitor Information Point and the Bog Walk).
The new indoor climbing and bouldering wall is the only indoor climbing and bouldering wall in Tipperary and was the brainchild of the Upperchurch Drombane Development Association.
The people of Upperchurch have spent considerable time and effort developing their area as an outdoor activity area over the last decade or so and felt an indoor wet weather activity would be a great advantage in attracting new visitors to the area.
A feasibility study was conducted in 2011 and North Tipperary LEADER Partnership provided funding for the development of the building and the indoor wall.
An extension was built onto the Upperchurch ComMunity hall in the summer of 2013 and the climbing wall was erected in September last year.
Six locals volunteered to be trained to become climbing wall supervisors in November and the centre started taking bookings in December. However due to the high level of demand in December and January, the team realised that six volunteer supervisors couldn’t handled the demand and another twelve supervisors were trained in early February.
The centre is open every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30.
The magnificent centre also caters for birthday parties and celebrations outside these times. All equipment is provided and it only cost €7 per person for the 2.5hr session. No experience is necessary and there have been people aged from six to ninety climbing. It’s a great activity for all the family to take part and a lovely way to challenge yourself, your family and friends.
The Scoil Iosagain school band welcomed Minister Simon Coveney and his entourage to the parish where they were meet by the climbing wall supervisors.
Chairman of the Climbing Wall Committee, Jim Ryan welcomed Minister Coveney to the centre and gave a brief introduction to the establishment of the wall and thanked the various people involved including North Tipperary LEADER Partnership.
Jim praised the supervisors who give their time and enthusasim on a weekly basis which illustrated that the spirit of community is alive and well in Upperchurch. Minister Simon Coveney , who was delighted and thrilled to be in Upperchurch, praised the centre, the work undertaken and committee for their fantastic efforts before he officially cut the ribbon.
The supervisors provided a demonstration of roped climbing and bouldering on the night and Minister Coveney joined in the spirit of the occasion and showed all in attendance how easy it was to climb the indoor wall.
If you’d like a try, we’d highly recommend it. Bookings are required so please call 087 3919190.
Congratulations to the community in Upperchurch for their vision in providing a facility which will be used by people from far and wide in the Uplands parish. Why not try it out.