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Red Bull Cliff Diving Inis Mór. Serpents Lair awesome event.

The Red Bull world series cliff diving came to Poll na bPéist, the Serpents Lair on Inis Mór at the weekend.

This event was 12 months in the planning and congratulations to Susie Dardis of Red Bull for putting together an awesome event on Inis Mór. Thanks to Susie for our invitation to attend the event and to Joanne and Roisin and all the Red Bull team for their support and assistance on the day.

Friday saw a practice event with some of the competition dives taking place ahead of schedule because of weather concerns for Saturday. Friday’s action was watched by over 200 locals who had queued on Tuesday at 7am for the much sought after tickets.

What an event in an unique location.. The Saturday weather did what it was told and the event went ahead as planned with only a couple of light showers and the breeze just not strong enough to cause concern. The event was watched by 700 lucky winners of the Red Bull on line competition for tickets along with invited guests and media. The event was filmed by several TV crews and will be shown on TG4 on Aug 23rd at 6pm.


In this post I’ll share my own photos and videos along with the official Red Bull releases and other video shared by some really nice folk that I met at the event.

The event was warmly welcomed by the Islanders as it provided a much need boost to activity during a season hit by terrible weather. All businesses on the Island got a much needed boost and the Islanders really enjoyed the presence of the Red Bull crew of over 100 that spent 3 weeks setting up the event, and by all accounts all in the Red Bull outfit enjoyed their experience.

Speaking to business proprietors I got confirmation that this was the busiest weekend in years on Inis Mór. Island Ferries in Rossaveal (Thank You Sally O’Brien for finding me a space on the Monday evening boat to Rossaveal) along with all the ferry operators in Doolin report a busy weekend while Aer Arann Islands were delighted with their busiest weekend this year. Rory Beatty and Lasta Mara were responsible for transporting all the equipment and vehicles and were really grateful for this boost to their business in these difficult times.

The event was won by a Russian diver Artem Silchenko with Orlando Duque in second and Steven LoBue in third. read the Red Bull report HERE.

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The podium. Photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull Cliff Diving

Here’s some of my photo’s of the Saturday event. Click on the thumbnail for full size image.

Here is a video of some of the dives taken from the lower viewing area.

Here is a Video by Glowpunk. worth watching with a slightly different slant on the event.

While the divers and most of the media headed back to the mainland for a post dive party I stayed on the Island to enjoy the craic. What a night. The pubs were all rocking and fun was been had by all on the busiest night in years. The accommodation was all full, even the campsite and some unofficial campsites were full to capacity.  I ended up in the famous Joe Watty’s where I caught local musicians Dallta on video.

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Red Bull Cliff diving on Inis Mór.The Serpents Lair.

The Red Bull cliff diving world series comes to Inis Mór, Aran Islands. Aug 4th 2012

You Cannot buy tickets. Spectator tickets are only available by taking the Red Bull online challenge. Only 700 viewer tickets are available and the last date to enter the draw for tickets is July 15th by midnight.(UPDATE 16-07-2012: Entries now Closed) This promises to be an amazing event.

Action from the event. (Added Aug 6th)

cliff diving Inis Mór

All the Doolin ferry operators will have extra sailings and O’Brien Line have a special discount available HERE.(Travel time approx 90 mins.) Free parking at Doolin Pier.

Island Ferries in Rossaveal have no extra sailing planned at this stage but are likely to make extra capacity on this route available closer to the time (Travel Time 40 minutes). Aer Arann Islands also have extra flights from Connemara airport with group discounts.(Travel Time 8 minutes)

Joe Watty’s have a lunch discount voucher available HERE and will also have lots of specials on the day and music all weekend.

All accommodation on Inis Mór is booked out for the August weekend. Some campsite places are still available from David Connolly at 087 1333702. Bear in mind that the campsite is unregistered and does not have any facilities. The lovely Kilronan Hostel is also booked out.

August 4th this year will see the 4th stop in the Red Bull 2012 world series. The location is Póll ná bPeist on Inis Mór also know as the Serpents Lair or the Wormhole..

If you need transport on Inis Mór, Oliver is your only man. Call Oliver on 087 2356584 or visit this PAGE

Here is the official release from Susie Dardis, head of communications at Red Bull.




Three years after its inception, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is established as the pinnacle of high diving competition. Eleven outstanding athletes from around the world will come to Inis Mór, Aran Islands for the 4th stop of the 2012 World Series on 4th August. The divers are in the shape of their lives, the dives are more difficult than ever, but the most important facts remain the same: The best high divers in the world versus gravity. Twisting and flipping 27 metres through the air and hitting the water after three seconds at 85kph.


In 2012 this unique championship will once more be the platform for the world’s most dizzying dives in seven stops between June and September in Europe, North America and the Middle East. The athletes will compete head-to-head for the prestigious World Series title and spread the spirit of cliff diving all over the globe.


In a sport where three seconds can be an eternity and even the smallest mistake could cost you victory, a head-to-head battle will spice things up even further. Only the top seven divers after three rounds and one lucky loser will make it to the final heat. Five international jurors who award scores from 0 to 10 for each dive judge the whole competition which consists of two required and two optional dives. US diving icon Greg Louganis, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, will again be part of the eleven-person panel whose eagle eyes will judge take-off, position in the air and water entry.


This is a strictly ticketed event due to the restrictions of the event location. You cannot buy tickets to Red Bull Cliff Diving. You need to go online to the website  before 15th July 2012, take the Red Bull Cliff Diving online challenge and if successful you’ll be entered into the draw to win tickets. Tickets will be won in pairs and all tickets will include return transfers from Rossaveal, Galway to the event location.


Click HERE to take the challenge.


There are weekend tickets available also. If you live in the Republic of Ireland you need to go to selected Centra stores and if you live in Northern Ireland you need to go to selected Spar, Eurospar, Mace, Centra, Super Valu, Vivo, Mace. Purchase a limited edition Red Bull Cliff Diving 4 pack and pick up a Red Bull Cliff Diving promotional leaflet. On the leaflet you will have a unique code. This is the code you need to enter at the start of the Red Bull Cliff Diving challenge to play for a chance to win Weekend Package tickets.


Natural and urban, remote and iconic – six of the seven selected locations are new to the calendar and promise demanding competition. Kicking off on June 22nd on the Mediterranean French island of Corsica, the World Series reaches its most northerly point in Grimstad (NOR) in early July and will touch Portuguese soil for the very first time on the volcanic islands of the Azores one month later. A mystic blowhole in Ireland hosts the mid-season stop, and after a touchdown in the sports-mad city of Boston (USA) – the only unchanged location for 2012 – South Wales (UK) welcomes the divers in early September. Only three weeks later the grand final takes place in the Sultanate of Oman, in the picturesque Wadi Shab.

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