Kilkee Civic Trust – From the Edge of Clare to the Top of the World < Back

Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks
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Speaker: John Burke

Talk Description:

On the 16th May 2017, for the very first time, the Clare flag was raised on the top of Mount Everest. John Burke, who hails from the flat lands of Spanish Point, achieved his 10-year personal goal of standing on Top of the World.  While the task of climbing Everest is a feat of unique physical endurance; John attributes his survival and success to the mental strengths which he prepared and honed well in advance. Overcoming many challenges along the way; John stared death in the face on a mountain that has claimed the lives of 1 in 10 who summit.  His story of preparation, planning, and mental training, will touch many; whatever their own Everest may be. In this KCT Talk; John Burke will provide some reflections and insights from the lessons he learnt along his 10-year epic journey. He promises to bring along photographs, and some videos, from one of the most hostile yet spectacular places on our Planet Earth; a place we can now say was home to a Clare person; if only for a short period of time.

About the Speaker:

John Burke, a native of Spanish Point, achieved his 10-year personal goal of standing on Top of the World in May 2017.  He climbed Mount Everest, returned home safely, and will tell us about his great adventure. In everyday life, as well as being an accomplished sportsman, John is the Managing Director of the well-known and renowned Armada Hotel at Spanish Point; a business established by his late father, (also named John), and built up from the original Public House to be one of Clare’s best hotels and an ever-popular Wedding & Conference Venue. Last year; John founded “Elevate”, a youth wellness organisation and, over the past 12 months, “Elevate” has delivered Wellness Programmes to young people throughout Co. Clare; in areas such as Resilience Building, Mindfulness, Inspiration and Individuality. In its first year; “Elevate” has worked with approx. 9,000 young people. John says that plans are in active formation to grow the “Elevate” Programme further in the year ahead. Finally; John Burke was recently awarded the title “Clare Person of the Year 2018”.

Entry to all Kilkee Civic Trust Talks is Free of Charge

All of our speakers give of their time and energy on a pro-bono basis.

The appreciation of the audience & Kilkee Civic Trust is expressed by way of presenting each speaker with a Book Token, or similar, at the end of each Talk.

A Donations Box is provided at all Talks to assist us in defraying necessary expenses.

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