Karen Harris along with husband Gavin Sweeney and friend Rupert Musgrave established Dunmore East Adventure Centre over 20 years ago. They started out providing kayaking, canoeing, archery and windsurfing and employed one seasonal part time instructor along with themselves. Today they employ 5 full time and 25 + part time seasonal instructors, following assistance from Waterford LEADER Partnership and the LEADER Programme.
In 2013, the promoters applied for funding under the Encouragement of Tourism Activity measure to enhance the existing adventure centre by providing new innovative activities that were not available in Ireland, including an aqua park and a team building zone.
According to Karen, they “strive to employ as many local people as possible, peaking in the summer months when over 25 extra staff are drafted in to instruct the large volume of customers that the business now generates. A maintenance team is also on standby to keep the premises in tip top shape as well as designing and building new activities”.
The Dunmore East Adventure Centre is now one of the biggest adventure centres in the South of Ireland and has the most extensive range of both indoor and outdoor activity. The benefit of the investment has meant that Summer Camps are now run for 9 weeks in the summer while children are on their holidays in Dunmore East. The impact of this activity has hugely benefited the local shops, pubs and restaurants with an increase in tourism numbers during the summer months.
For more information, visit http://www.dunmoreadventure.com