April 26 – May 30, 2024

FOOD, HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Paddles up: A tranquil adventure awaits on Kenmare Bay A sight that many of us see every day, but one that we don’t get out and explore enough… Kenmare Bay offers a picturesque escape into nature’s embrace, and what better way to explore its serene waters than through a delightful kayaking journey with Emerald Outdoors? This local gem has been crafting unique, accessible aquatic experiences for the last seven years that beckon adventurers of all ages, from sprightly youngsters to spirited seniors. They have received numerous accolades including ‘Tour Company of the Year 2024’ and ‘Best Watersports Company 2024’ in county Kerry.

Kerry Tour Company of the Year 2024 Travel and Hospitality Awards

Kerry Best Watersports Adventure Company 2024 Irish Enterprise Awards

+353 (0)83 031 7011

DAY TOURS PADDLEBOARDING BIOLUMINESCENT NIGHT KAYAKING Relaxing guided tours of Kenmare Bay with highly experienced guides. Get closer to nature and explore the hidden beauty of the Bay by day or wonder at sparkling bioluminsence by night on an eco-friendly tour. PS: You won't get wet and you don't even need to wear a wetsuit!

F or those who might ting soaked, fear not. Emerald Outdoors ensures that all partic- ipants remain comfortably dry, bypassing the need for wetsuits altogether. Their stable double kayaks are perfect for those seeking security and comfort on the water. With all equipment provided, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure and perhaps (hopefully) a good sun hat! The tours themselves are be apprehensive about donning a wetsuit or get-

designed to be as inclusive as possible. They are not physi- cally demanding, which means that you don’t have to be an ex- perienced kayaker to join in the fun. These outings are perfect for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of kayaking without the worry of rigorous physical activity or ending up in the water. It’s about enjoying the journey, feeling the gentle tug of the current, and perhaps most importantly, embracing the calming rhythm of paddle strokes on water.

Emerald Outdoors’ guides are truly a highlight of the ex- perience. More than just skilled paddlers, they are raconteurs who bring the landscape to life with fascinating stories and light-hearted jokes. As you glide through the Greenane islands and over clear waters, the guides share tales that range from local folklore to intriguing facts about the bay’s ecosystem. Their knowledge of marine bi- ology not only educates but also inspires a deeper appreciation for the environment we are so

is the word of the day; you can share the work and the experi- ence with your partner as you navigate between the islands on a shared journey of discovery. For the locals of West Cork and those visiting our lovely re- gion, embarking on a kayak tour with Emerald Outdoors offers a unique way to connect with na- ture and experience the beauty of Kenmare Bay up close. It’s a chance to learn something new, to share laughs with fellow kay- akers, and to create memories that will last a lifetime. So, why not take a break from the usual and treat yourself to a kayaking adventure? It’s a gentle nudge towards some- thing different, a step out of the ordinary into a world where the waters whisper stories of old and the horizon beckons with newfound adventures. All in all, a kayaking trip with Emerald Outdoors isn’t just about seeing the bay; it’s about experiencing it in a way that is both engaging and serene. Grab a paddle and let the currents guide your next great adventure. Happy paddling, and see you on the bay! Bookings available online at or you can contact them on 083 0317011.

lucky to inhabit. One of the most enchanting aspects of the tours offered by Emerald Outdoors is the choice between day and night excursions. Experience the sun sparkling on the water by day, with panoramic views of

the surrounding mountains and wildlife sightings. As you paddle through the sunset and into the night, a different kind of magic settles over Kenmare Bay. Guided by the soft glow of the moon and stars, night tours offer a peaceful, almost mystical experience on the water. Add to that the possibility of experienc- ing natural bioluminescence that illuminates the water with every paddle stroke it becomes an op- portunity to see the bay in a new light—quite literally—and to appreciate the calm that evening brings to the sea. The benefits of kayaking extend beyond the visual and adventurous. It is a meditative exercise, perfect for those looking to find a moment of peace away from the stress of daily life. The rhythmic motion of paddling can be a therapeutic contrast to the often hectic pace we are accustomed to. Many find that a few hours on the water helps to clear the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. Moreover, kayaking promotes gentle physical activity, en- hancing flexibility and strength without the strain associated with more intense workouts. It’s an activity that encourages you to move at your own pace, in sync with the natural flow around you. The use of double kayaks means that teamwork


The Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin entry in the Clonakilty St. Patrick’s day Parade won first prize of €200 and was presented with the ‘Pauline Lowney Perpetual Memorial Trophy’ by parade committee members and relatives of the late Pauline. Front centre, Nan Dineen, (sister of Pauline) and Vice Chairperson of the Parade Committee (a sub-committee of the Clonakilty Town Twinning Association), presents the trophy to pupils JT and Zoë Lowney, who are grandchildren of the late Pauline Lowney. Also included from left: Alan Lowney; Mary O’ Donovan; Aileen Harte, (parade committee); Conor Lowney; Pádraig Ó hEachthairn, (Príomhoide); Kate O’ Sullivan, (parade committee) and Michal Fujdiar, (school caretaker), who spent many hours making props for the winning parade entry.

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