SET DANCING in Kerry has reached new heights - it is going all the way to the top of Carrantouhill.
If the thought of climbing Irelands highest mountain leaves you breathless, then spare a thought for 20 people who will climb the 3,414-foot mountain on Sunday and then take part in Set Dancing on a special stage that will be erected on the summit.
The people behind the unusual venture are all members of the Charity Committee at the Institute of Technology in Tralee and come from Tralee, Currow and Camp.
"We wanted to do something different to raise funds for a project we are involved in, but we never dreamed that we will end up dancing on the top of Carrantouhill," John Daly a member of the Charity Committee at the Institute of Technology, told Kerry's Eye.
"It is the first time a full set will be danced on the mountain and naturally it has generated a considerable amount of interest."
John and some of his friends have already taken sections of the 8x8 foot stage to the mountain top in recent days.
"The remaining sections will be brought up on Sunday along with a number of events will also be video taped for posterity."
The Charity Committee at the Institute of Technology in Tralee is actively involved with organisations helping the people of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
"For several years staff and students at the ITT have contributed to the clothes, agricultural machinery, tools and other aid. Money has been collected through various means over the year" John explained.
In 1998 the ITT began its involvement in the Oil Press Project. A prototype machine for extracting oil from sunflower seed was developed and shipped to the ITT staff assembled, installed and commissioned it in Nakura.
"It is now producing high quality sunflower cooking oil. The by-product, which is very high in protein, is mixed with other ingredients to provide quality animal feed," Dave Frizelle of the ITT explained.
According to John Daly, The ITT developed the project for an organisation called ARDESC, which provided training, advice and research and development, and a saving scheme for small farmers, which is based on the Irish League Of Credit Unions model.
SUSTAINABLE: "The Oil Press Project now needs to be developed further to become a sustainable entity. A comprehensive Strategic Plan has been developed and is dependent on the provision of ¬150,000 over the next two years.
"Kerry firms including Lee Strand, Kerry Ingredients, Kelleher's Feeds and Tralee Credit Union have pledged their support for the project, with the climb on Sunday part of this process. The day is hoped to be a fun occasion and will take about seven hours in all," John added.