Bungee jumping at Cork’s ‘spectacular’ venue

A Cork landowner is hoping to stage Ireland’s highest bungee jump on his own land.

Cathal Dinneen wants 180 people to register for the jump on Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28. They will leap from the edge of the scenic Coolum Cliffs near Courtmacsherry in Cathal Land. All proceeds will go to Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club, a charity that organizes trips to Disneyland for children, and RNLI Courtmacsherry Harbor Lifeboat Station.

Cathal, who inherited the land from his uncle, came up with the idea after remembering a bungee jump he took part in in Queensland 20 years ago. He will be among those who will take the plunge during the weekend.

“Normally bungee jumps in Ireland are done in places like car parks and only from a quarter of the way up. However, there is nowhere quite as spectacular as this,” Cathal said.

“It will be a really beautiful place. It will also be personal for me, as I have a connection to the land. The main thing, however, is that we raise as much money as possible for charity. We tried the event four years ago, before the pandemic, but on a much smaller scale. This time we would like to bring it back bigger and better than before.

UK Bungee Club, one of the world’s leading bungee jumping companies, will host.

“All the equipment will arrive by ship,” Cathal said. “At the moment we are at the 60 mark, but our hope is to increase to 180. It will all depend on how many people we can have over the next few weeks. If I could sell it, we could make a lot of money for both charities.

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Cathal Dinneen organizer with RNLI members Courtmacsherry, Sean Maxwell, Evin O'Sullivan and Stuart Russell taking part in the jump in aid of the RNLI and Cork City Hospitals Children's Club at Coolum Cliffs in Seven Heads at the end of August.  Image;  Eddie O'Hare
Cathal Dinneen organizer with RNLI members Courtmacsherry, Sean Maxwell, Evin O’Sullivan and Stuart Russell taking part in the jump in aid of the RNLI and Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club at Coolum Cliffs in Seven Heads at the end of August. Image; Eddie O’Hare

Cathal, the owner of Coolim Construction, described the unique nature of his event.

“That’s the highest pitch you’ll get,” Cathal said.

“It’s right between the Galley Head and the Old Head. From the crane you will be able to see both. In Queensland, this (bungee jumping) is a major tourist attraction. We don’t plan to make money from it for ourselves, but we would like to do as much as possible for charity.

Cathal is thrilled to see the place come to life for a day.

“I also farm on the land and it’s very rare that I see anyone when I go out. It will be nice to see the place filled with people.

Anyone interested in taking part in ‘Ireland’s Highest Bungee Jump’ can do so by raising €350 or more for the initiative.

All completed sponsorship cards and funds raised must be submitted no later than 12 August 2022. Please contact Sean Maxwell on 086 7306971 to arrange collection.

Anyone without a printer who needs a sponsorship card can email their mailing address to [email protected]

Interested parties can also find out more on Instagram, @highestleapforcharity, and Facebook, @irelandshighestcharitybungeejump.

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