Originally from Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland, I currently live in the wilds of northwest Ireland with my puppy Waya. When not organising hiking and biking trips for Wilderness Ireland, I can usually be found outdoors gardening, hiking, exploring, walking with my dog or even singing!
Absolutely love Sheep’s Head Peninsula & Beara Peninsula in Co Cork (southwest Ireland), the Northwest in general – specifically the hills of Sligo & Leitrim. The ancient capital of Meath is a magical place to explore. Of course, I love the Sperrins Mountains in Co Tyrone as they are my home turf.
I’m a classically trained pianist and used to teach piano.
Combining gardening and the outdoors with my interests in Ireland’s oral histories, I am interested in understanding the Irish landscape through the rich and wonderful world of Irish mythology.
Hailing from Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland, I attended the University of Life from 1992, graduation date pending! In all seriousness, I enjoy writing and have an NCTJ – an industry-recognised Diploma in Journalism, and enjoy combining writing, communication and research. I once wrote for the local magazine in Tyrone, the Mid Ulster Focus.
At Wilderness Ireland as part of the Operations team since 2017, I have a thorough knowledge of hiking and hillwalking trails across Ireland. I’ve had the opportunity to complete Mountain Skills 1 (MS1) which was not only really fun but very educational – learning about map-reading, orientation and the basics of mountain navigation and safety.
One of my favourite things to do is gardening – I am particularly interested in gardening from a permaculture perspective. Combining gardening and the outdoors with my interests in Ireland’s oral histories, I am interested in understanding the Irish landscape through the rich and wonderful world of Irish mythology.
I love the Irish language, and have been teaching myself for some time to the point of becoming generally conversational. I try to encourage the use of Irish within the Wilderness Ireland office by having weekly phrases for us to use.
I also love music – both musical instruments such as piano (see above!) and particularly singing.
I’ve done a bit of volunteering for Northwest Simon Community, Oxfam and I’ve also walked for Darkness into Light, a suicide awareness and prevention society.
I love exploring new places – but I also love Ireland! Much of my travels have been in and around Ireland’s lesser-known regions. I’ve also been to America’s East Coast, where I hiked a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail.
I love pilgrimages and long distance trails – I’ve walked along significant parts of the Camino de Santiago in Spain (the section called Camino del Norte), staying in pilgrim’s hostels along the way.
Intrigued by the region but wanting to get off the beaten path, I recently trekked across the Picos des Europas, one of Spain’s best-kept secrets, where I had the chance to put the Mountain Skills qualification to good use, and even do a bit of wild camping!
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