Activator Poles in Libraries!

Available for rent at your local library!

Activator Poles in your Library!

Join KRSP for an Activator Poles 4 Week Taster Sessions in Kilkenny Libraries!

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership (KRSP) and Kilkenny County Council Library Service have joined forces to provide you with a new and exciting physical activity opportunity.  You can now borrow a set of activator poles from four designated libraries in Kilkenny: Loughboy, Castlecomer, Ferrybank and Graiguenamanagh.

ACTIVATOR Poles are an adaption of Nordic Walking poles and have been developed to promote balance and improve mobility. Ciara Kelly, Community Sport Development Officer with KRSP, commented that: “Our aim is to create local opportunities for everyone to enjoy the lifelong benefits of physical activity.  Our activator pole programme is particularly suited to people with balance concerns or mobility issues as they offer enhanced stability and support when walking.  The poles may be suitable for those with post hip/knee surgery, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Osteoarthritis, Fall Prevention and for overall fitness levels. ”

Kilkenny Healthy Ireland at your Library Coordinator, Majella Byrne commented “We are delighted to partner with Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership on this Activator Poles Project. Our national ‘Healthy Ireland at your Library’ initiative contributes to improving the health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life of communities and individuals at all life stages, providing access to Activator Poles helps to fulfil this aim. These FREE 4 week taster sessions with Activator Pole trained tutors will help you get started, just contact your local library to join in.”

To be eligible to borrow a set of activator poles you must have a FREE library membership. Library staff at your local library can help you to sign up as a member, just bring along ID and proof of address.  If you’re already a library member no further action is required just pop into the library.


Activator Poles 4 Week Taster Sessions starting in your local library on the following dates:

Loughboy – Tuesday 26th September 12.30-130pm

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Ferrybank – Wednesday 27th September 3-4pm

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Graiguenamanagh – Thursday 28th September 3-4pm

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Castlecomer –  Wednesday 18th October 10-11am

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Alternatively, you can contact your local library to book a place.

Weather permitting. Please wear comfortable footwear. Poles will be provided.


To find out more information please contact

Ciara Kelly Community Sport Development Officer at KRSP on (056) 779 4991 or

Majella Byrne Healthy Ireland at your Library Coordinator on 056 7794178 or

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