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Welcome to Outback Jacks News and Events page, here you will find information about Outback Jacks newsletter & instore events held in its shop in Ballybane, Galway, in the West of Ireland at the centre of the Wild Atlantic Way. Enquiries to


Outback Jacks News brings you the most up to date news on new season arrivals from brands Helly HansenJack WolfskinCraghoppersSpraywayDare2B, Regatta and many moreYou can receive Outback Jacks monthly News direct to your email by subscribing HERE

2016 Newsletters

Click the link beside the month to access past newsletters or subscribe to Outback Jacks newsletter for upcoming news HERE.

February 2016 - Click Here to view

- WIN €300 of hiking/walking kit for #YourAdventure / Outback Jacks entered into Best of Galway Awards in Retailer category Outback Jacks to be Galway's only Vango Airbeam Family tent distributor /Enrich your Camino experience at our instore event in April

January 2016

Valentines #LoveHelly CompetitionUpcoming Camino event, New arrivals - Jack Wolfskin Footwear, SpraywayWinter Sale up to 20% off with Promo Code: MWINTERSALE16 at checkout,

2015 Newsletters

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Welcome to Outback Jacks News Click here to view

December 2015 - Click here to view

Merry Xmas Sale 2015

In this newsletter you will find news about our fantastic Xmas Sale & Everest Sherpa Instore event.


Outback Jacks will host future events with some exciting guest speakers and interactive workshops, to be first to hear about them, sign up to our newsletter below. Be first to hear about instore events, special offers and email only discount codes, new product arrivals and Outdoor advice.

Stay tuned for more exciting, informative and educational events from Outback Jacks Outdoor Gear & Active Wear store.


Outback Jacks in association with are hosting a FREE Camino de Santiago Information Evening on Thursday April 14th from 7pm instore at Outback Jacks Ballybane, Galway.
Click the link below to register your Free place today.

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What is the Camino you may ask? will introduce the history, routes and culture of the Camino de Santiago, the famous Way of St James as well as practical advice to plan your trip. The Camino de Santiago is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

Outback Jacks will be presenting a slideshow on the night of our NEW FREE Camino Gear Guide jam packed with useful information to enjoy your camino adventure. The guide will contain essential information on suitable waterproof breathable footwear, blister free socks, fast drying baselayer pants and moisture wicking tops. This essential advice will provide you with the confidence to choose the correct products to pack your bags with and fabrics to wear for your Camino adventure.


Join us Tuesday January 5th @ 7pm in Outback Jacks Ballybane for a talk and presentation with Guinness World Record holders Brothers Mingma Sherpa and Pasang Sherpa, the two most prolific climbers from Nepal. They are speaking about life on the mountain, rescuing people in the death zone over 8,000 metres and how the Nepalese plan to rebuild their village Rolwaling after the recent earthquake of 2015.

Mingma has also been directly involved in many rescues, including the 1996 Everest Disaster (featured in the recent movie Everest), the devastating Avalanche which resulted in 16 deaths in the Khumbu Icefall in 2014 and more recently, the rescue of those injured in the earthquake of 25th April 2015. Mingma has a past Galway connection when he guided the first Galway man to climb Everest Peter O'Connell in 2013.

It has been a very difficult two years for the Sherpas and the people of Nepal. They are in Ireland with support from the Nepal Tourism Board to share their experiences growing up, climbing the biggest mountains in the world, rescuing people in the death zone and talking about their future plans.

To celebrate the brothers visit to Ireland, they aim to climb Croagh Patrick on Sunday January 3rd 2015 weather permitting. This an opportunity of a lifetime to climb Croagh Patrick on the Wild Atlantic Way with an experienced Nepalese Sherpa. Outback Jacks will organise a bus from the shop to Croagh Patrick pending sufficient numbers for that Sunday. Contact 091 761841091 761841 for more details. The climb will start at 10am from Murrisk weather permitting.

Everyone is cordially invited to join them speak about their adventures and experiences and ask them questions about the challenges in climbing the highest and the most dangerous mountains in the world.

Event Details:

Venue: Outback Jacks, Ballybane, Co. Galway

Date: Tuesday, January 5th 2016

Time: 7.00pm


Note: Although it is a free event, pre-booking directly with the venue is strongly advised.


Outback Jacks has hosted some great informative instore events including a Camino de Santiago talk on Sarria to Santiago, a talk on the history of Archery and an informative event on Camping by Scottish company Vango.


Outback Jacks hosted an "Introduction to Archery" information evening with Urs Harttung of Bearfoot Enterprises on April 16th 2015. The event included introduction to history of Archery in Ireland, the fundamentals, development and techniques of this ancient sport. #OutbackJacksIreland #GalwayArchery

  • Brief history - Sports/Olympics
  • Sport Archery vs. Field Archery
  • Different Types of Bows and Arrows, Show & tell
  • Shooting Techniques
  • How to build a simple bow and arrows
  • Promotion setting up Galway Field Archery Club


Outback Jacks hosted a Learn to Camp information evening on April 23rd 2015 with Scottish manufacturer Vango UK Ltd. about the most suitable tent for you, your family or scouts troup. Outback Jacks provided the platform for Gordon Charlton (Vango UK Ltd.) to bring you a practical talk and demonstration on the following:

  • Demonstration on Swedish Cooking system Trangia for individuals or groups (Chance to WIN a Trangia Cook System).
  • Demonstration of Safe cooking fuel using the newest environmentally-friendly Vango Fuel (the bio-ethanol gel is smokeless, non-toxic, versatile and easy to ignite). Approved by The Scout Association UK.
  • Choose the right Tent for your family or group - Q&A session.
  • Wayfayrer Meals - Healthy outdoor hot meals for active adventurers - Cook, Try, Taste Demo on a Trangia cook system.


Outback Jacks hosted a successful Camino de Santiago Information night on Thursday March 19th 2015 in the shop. Mark Reynolds of Into The West Adventures gave an insight into the Camino from Sarria to Santiago. He advised on the terrain type, the length of the trip, the gear and food to eat. Derek Walsh owner of Outback Jacks gave a detailed but brief talk on technical fabrics such as baselayers, midlayers and shell protection for use on the Camino. #Caminodesantiago #outbackjacksireland


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