Outdoor Adventure's Summer Camps 2017
July in Outdoor Adventures @ Courtlough
August is already upon us and we are taking some time to look back over July which was dedicated to a fun filled, action packed & adventurous Summer Camps.
The Outdoor Adventures Summer Camps ran for each week of July and what a brilliant & busy 4 weeks they were. From 7 year olds up to 16 years of age, there were activities for all age groups to enjoy & challenge themselves on.
What Activities did they do? Here’s the weekly round up
Monday was all about the Climbing Walls, getting to grips with the art of route planning and mapping your climb from the ground up. Once they reached their upper limit, they then repel back down for another go.
Tuesday was Aerial Trekking day, with 3 levels to conquer & obstacles to get past, our courses have something for everyone. For those who have a fear of heights, they started on the lowest level & could move up & up again if they wanted to and we were thrilled to see that so many camp mates did.
Wednesday was all about Teambuilding, after a few days of getting to know each other, the camp mates were ready to work together in teams and take on the challenges & games ahead.
Thursday was the choice of the group, they love being the decision makers so we let them decide and the fun followed. As an exciting addition to an already action packed day, all of the groups got to enjoy the thrill of the Giant Swing. The laughter could be heard from miles away, it was a Giant hit with everyone.
Friday or Friyay (as the kids call it) was the Grand Finale and there’s only one activity for it, Splatmaster. This child friendly form of paintballing really takes the “pain” out of paintballing while keeping all of the fun and the groups absolutely loved it.
Each morning was spent practising their Archery skills, this gave each camp mate 5 days to really get to grips with this sport and to improve their aim on the target sheets. After the each days planned activity, the groups finished up their morning with Zip-lining & Dropzone. Note – These two activities are not for the faint hearted, they really test your comfort zone. We were so happy to see the camp mates overcome their fears and challenge themselves daily.
With July already behind us, we’re looking forward to a busy Autumn season ahead (Halloween is just around the corner & Christmas isn’t far behind it) and we’re already planning for our 2018 season so stay tuned to our http://www.facebook.com/outdooradventurescourtlough and our http://Instagram/outdoor_adventures_csg to keep up with all of our exciting plans. Before we go, we’d like to wish all of our 2017 Summer Camp mates the very best for the new school year ahead and hopefully we’ll see you all again next year.
Note* If you’d like to try any of the activities above, you can book online here http://www.courtlough.ie/adventures/
Check out some of the great reviews from our 2017 Summer Camps below:
Marcella Broderick 5*
“My two lads took part in the Summer camps this week, and it’s not often they agree on things, but they both agreed that this was the best summer camp they had ever been on!
The instructors were brilliant with the kids, they never put any pressure on them to do any activity that they were nervous of, but they were very encouraging, and even the more cautious of my two was happy to jump off the dropzone by the second day!
Definitely something a bit different from the usual soccer/GAA summer camps, great variety for the kids, and loads of fun!”
Dearbhla Mc Grath 5*
“My son did the summer camp here last week and he absolutely loved it. They did so many brilliant activities. Coaches are great with the kids. He was really disappointed when the week was over.”
Lillian Casey 5*
“We had a group of 8yo kids at a summer camp in the adventure centre last week. They had a ball and as parents we were very impressed with the instructors. A great challenge for kids who like a bit of activity. Kids who were less adventurous were also catered for – absolutely brilliant.”
Laura Donohoe 5*
“We had 3 boys at summer camp last week. They had a super time and each day didn’t want to come home. The staff were really encouraging and brilliant with the kids. What a great way to show the kids how to knock down boundaries and accomplish things that for some can seem an impossible task.”
NLSD2017 & CLC's 1st Birthday Bash
We can’t believe that more than 2 weeks have passed since Courtlough Ladies Club hosted National Ladies Shooting Day (#NLSD2017) on behalf of The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club. NLSD 2017 very conveniently coincided with the CLC’s first birthday so there were multiple celebrations on the same day.
Here’s ALL the details…
To say that the day was a HUGE success is an understatement, Nicola & Áine from the CLC put so much effort into making the day amazing, it’s safe to say that Courtlough has never looked so good or pink for that matter. On Saturday June 10th, 30 lovely ladies turned up to take part in National Ladies Shooting Day, some seasoned shots but the majority of whom where complete beginners.
They were greeted with goody bags and a welcoming chat from the CLC hosts before meeting their instructors & making their way to the shooting stands. Once the safety briefing was done, the ladies got stuck into some serious Clay breaking with cheers & rounds of applause following all the hits, some of the lucky ones even hit the flash clays which blew up in a burst of pink smoke. In between their shooting rotation, the ladies wandered over to the bespoke Pink Clay Wall photo backdrop for selfies and memento pictures of the day.
Fieldsports Magazine Selfie Competition
There was plenty of hash tagging and fun to be had between shots with a prize for Best Selfie sponsored by FieldSports Magazine – our very own Áine was the proud winner (we look forward to reading her interview in the coming issue of the magazine). Storm in a Teacup even stopped by in their custom ice cream van, Mabel, to tickle the ladies tastebuds with their delicious desserts, whipped ice cream, Ferrero chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries & whole load of other yummy toppings.
After all the shooting, selfie taking, ice cream eating, it was time for the obligatory Tea & Cake in The Clay Cafe. While the ladies chose from the delicious cakes supplied by Take the Cake, sipped on their tea and coffee, the winners of the Beginner & Intermediate shooting classes were counted along with the winners for the Best Dressed and Best Cake. The prizes (3 NLSD silk scarves, a voucher for Sporting Hares and a beautiful rosette) were then presented followed by lovely recap of the day from Áine & Nicola. After a quick round of ‘Happy Birthday’, the hosts blew out the candle of the CLC’s first Birthday cake and raised a toast of pink bubbly to Ladies Shooting everywhere.
We’re finding it difficult to come to terms with it all being over. Don’t be surprised if you see some pink bunting still hanging up, we’re definitely keeping the Pink Clay Wall anyway.
We are looking forward to NLSD2018 already Ladies but if you’d like to try shooting before then, you can. The next CLC Ladies only shooting event is taking place on Sunday July 23rd and it’s only €30pp.
If you’d like to see more from the day, check out all of the pictures over on the Courtlough Ladies Club Facebook page www.facebook.com/Courtloughladiesclub
Beretta Summer League 2017
The Summer is officially here and we couldn’t be happier about it. Along with our high hopes for plenty of sunshine over the summer season, comes the longer days and of course our evening opening hours, meaning more time for our beloved Shooting Sports. And now that we’ve made the transition into late opening on Wednesday & Thursday evenings, it’s time to get the annual Beretta Summer League wheels in motion.
What can you win?
This amazing competition is kicking off on Wednesday May 17th for 14 weeks with the Grand Final being held on August 20th. The competition consists of a 50 Clay Target sporting course each week with entries set at €20, €30 (clays + 50 cartridges) & €15 re-entry. To be in with a chance to win one of the 2 Beretta 690’s up for grabs, a class prize or a cut of the 10,000 cheddite cartridges, entrants must submit 8 scores (1 score per week) over the 14 weeks. On Wednesday each week, entrants will see a new course set, ready to challenge you and test your skills. Each week will offer the opportunity to learn and develop your shooting skills. The course can be shot as many times as you like from Wednesday to Sunday, with your best score to count so if you’re not happy and want to try again (and again), you can. We recommend that entrants shoot on Wednesday evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings as these are the most popular shooting times, if you’re a lone shooter you can be sure of meeting a few others & getting in a squad.
To keep the competition as fair as possible, the 2018 Leinster Interclub League classes will apply, with AAA +0, AA +1, A +3 classes competing for one Beretta 690 Sporting and Classes B +6, C +8 and D +12 competing for the other. There will also be Junior and Ladies class prizes too so there is something for everyone to compete for even if it is just for your own Personal Best.
Courtlough Ladies Club
We know the Courtlough Ladies Club will be out in force for the duration of the Summer League so if there are any ladies who would like to join them, contact Aine or Nicola via the Courtlough Ladies Club Facebook/Instagram page or pick up a business card in the shop.
With only hours to go before the Beretta Summer League 2017 officially opens, we would like to wish everyone taking part the very best of luck and remember to have fun & enjoy it.
The Courtlough Team
New Beginnings, New Directions, New Website…
New Beginnings, New Directions, New Website…
For those of you who are seasoned Courtlough customers, you may have noticed that we’ve been going through some changes in recent years.
Courtlough has been growing, developing, building and most importantly improving. One of those improvements is our brand new website (more about this later) which showcases all of what Courtlough has to offer like never before.
We are no longer just Courtlough Shooting Grounds, from today we are officially welcoming & introducing the new additions to our brand ‘Outdoor Adventures at Courtlough’ and also ‘Courtlough Events’.
Outdoor Adventures is home to The Courtlough Tower, a custom built Teambuilding zone and Splatoon Paintball.
Courtlough Events is just that, Events, from birthday parties, Stag/Hen, Corporate Days Out or Teambuilding. Our Events department will work with you to make your next event the best one yet.
So now that we’ve set the scene, the time has come for the Big reveal. We have spent months working on & crafting a new website that will do the new Courtlough justice and we are proud to say we have achieved that. Together with an excellent team of creatives and web developers in Big Dog Digital, we have a finished product that finally encapsulates all of what Courtlough has to offer.
We are extremely happy to share our new, mobile friendly & very fancy website with you all so please feel free to browse, take your time to look around the different areas and of course give us some feedback (positive only) 😉
The Courtlough Team
Ladies Firing Squad
Courtlough Ladies Club in the April issue of Irish Country Magazine
One frosty day in December, the Courtlough Ladies Club (CLC) met Irish Country Magazine’s feature writer Roisin at the grounds to find out more about the CLC and all things clay target shooting.
Roisin had contacted the CLC after seeing the ladies pictures on Instagram & Facebook, and wanted to find out more about this new wave of Clay Slaying, Girls with Guns and Female empowerment. What better way than to have a go!
After an introductory 30 clay session with both Roisin, and photographer Rita, getting a chance to smash some clays, the ladies followed up their shoot in true CLC style with coffee and cake in the Clay Cafe. Together they revelled in their new found appreciation for clay target shooting in front of the fire and discussed all the details about how the club started, stereotypes in the sport, and why other ladies should come along. The ladies provided all the material that Roisin needed to put together a super article – double page spread nonetheless – for the April issue of Irish Country Magazine.
It’s well worth a read so be sure to pick up a copy.
Congratulations ladies, great job!
Courtlough Autumn/Winter League 2016
Courtlough Autumn/Winter League 2016
Please find completed Leaderboard below and those qualified for the Final. Squads as above for Semi Final.
Summer League Final 2016
15 Weeks of Competition Completed
The Final Week of the 2016 Summer League Competition is upon us and what a brilliant 15 weeks it was.
It can only be described as a Highly Competitive League with Mick Phelan making a late charge for the Overall High Gun pipping Keith Reynolds and James Carty to the post. You can view the Squad Lists & Times, Weekly Winners, Summer League Finalists and overall Summer League results below.
The Final will take place this Sunday August 21st, with the first squads being issued a start time of 12pm. The Grand Final will take place at 3.30pm and the Prize Giving to follow at 5pm, with Pizza & Beer being served in the Bar afterwards.
We urge all shooters to arrive 30 minutes before their allocated squad time to be ready to start on time.
We wish all finalists the Best of Luck for the Final.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday
Have you always wanted to try Clay Pigeon Shooting? Don’t know where or how to start?
We want to help you to make the first steps on your Clay Pigeon Shooting path. Let’s start with a bit of background in to Clay Pigeon Shooting.
Clay Pigeon Shooting is a thrilling experience, demanding calm concentration, a keen eye and quick reflexes. A 12 gauge over and under shotgun is the most popular firearm used for Clay Shooting but there are numerous other options from 20 gauge over and under to Semi-Automatic 12 gauge & 20 gauge shotguns.
Once you have your chosen firearm, it’s time to head out onto the range to perfect your aim, practice your skills and soon you will be notching up your ‘kills’. Of course these are not real birds and no real pigeons get hurt, making it a great sport for all – young and old, men and women alike. Now it’s not all fun and games, Shooting of any kind has the potential to be dangerous and all firearms must be treated with the utmost care and respect at all times. It is for this reason that we must stress that under no circumstances should you try any form of Shooting unassisted or outside of the secure and safe confines of a registered Shooting Grounds in Ireland.
How do I book?
So you think you’re ready to get out on to the Shooting Range? Here at Courtlough, we have everything you need to get started. We have designed a range of Clay Shooting Packages that are perfect for absolute beginners just like you. We always recommend that you book in for one of our Shooting Courses where you will be accompanied by one of our trained instructors who will choose a firearm suitable for you, you will be provided with all of the necessary insurance and eye & ear protection before you head out to the range. After you have finished your Shooting package, you can add up all of your Hits or “Kills” in shooting lingo.
Joining the Club?
We know that once you smash your first clay you will be hooked and there’s only one logical next step…Becoming a Member of Courtlough Club. Once you know that Clay Pigeon Shooting is for you and you want to find out more about this great sport, there is no better way than to join a Shooting Club full of other like-minded shooters. Joining the Club is simple, all you need to do is fill out a Membership Form, provide a copy of your current Driver’s License/Passport, pay your membership fee and start your complimentary induction lessons (clay & cartridges not included). From there, you will need to start thinking about purchasing your own firearm, we have a fully stocked Gun Room onsite where you can browse and ask questions before you make your decision.
Practice Practice Practice
Now that you’re a Member of Courtlough Club, have your insurance (Countryside Alliance provide a fantastic offer for Courtlough Members) and have purchased your Shotgun, you are officially a Clay Pigeon Shooter, Congratulations!!! From here on out, it’s all about Practice, practice, practice! But don’t worry, we always have instructors available to give you a helping hand if and when you need it. We also run regular leagues and competitions where you can test your new found skills in a fun and relaxed environment….Happy Shooting folks!
Summer League Dates/Entries & Results
We are pleased to announce that the dates for the Courtlough Beretta Summer League have been set for 2016!
The League will be kicking off on Wednesday May 11th with entries being taken each Wednesday thereafter from 5-8pm. Entries will also be taken on Saturdays 14:00-17:00 and Sundays 10:00-14:00.
Scores will not be taken outside of these times. Best scores count each week.
The Grand Final will take place on Sunday August 21st.
Entry €20, Re-entry €15
(Entry must be paid before shooting the course each week)
€15,000 Prize Pool!
Grand Final Prizes
2nd – Beretta 686E EVO
3rd – Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 1
4th – Franchi Alcione O/U
5th – Franchi Alcione O/U
6th – 1,500 Shells
7th – 1000 Shells
8th – 750 Shells
9th/10th– 500 Shells
Not only will we be offering prizes for the Grand Final, we will also have prizes for the Weekly High Guns, and for the Top 8 Scores overall in the league!
The discipline for the league will once again be English Sporting. (50 target course each week over 5, 6 or 7 stands)
The Courtlough Handicap System will apply. (Each competitor is assigned a handicap which can vary throughout the league.)
Minimum 8 of 15 shoots needed to qualify for the final. All shooters qualified for the final will shoot a 50 bird sporting course with the Top 10 going through to the grand final.
Scores from the Semi Final will carry through to the Grand Final which will be shot over a separate 50 Bird Sporting course.
Don’t forget to get the last minute practice in; We hope to see everybody out for our opening shoot on Wednesday the 11th!
A big thanks to our sponsors
Winter League Results 2015
Please find below Weekly Results of the Courtlough Winter League 2015.
Week 1 High Gun: Gavin Shiels
Week 2 High Gun: David Shiels
Week 3 High Gun: Oliver Morris
Week 4 High Gun: Darren McCooey
Week 5 High Gun: Michael Phelan
Week 6 High Gun: Dave Malone Junior
Week 7 High Gun: Derek Duff
Week 8 High Gun: Paul Sheerin
Week 9 High Gun: Norman McAlevey
Week 10 High Gun: Derek McCloskey
Week 11 High Gun: John Shiels