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    Brendan O’Connor

    Patient | Resilient | Empathetic

    Mini Bio

    As an outdoor enthusiast, I had a spoilt upbringing as I grew up in Killarney where the 22,000-hectare Killarney National Park was literally my very own backyard.

    I spent my youth out hiking, cycling, and boating in the park. Some years later, I went into ‘exile’ to Cork city for work. I was happy enough in Cork but something was always missing and it was photography that re-awakened my love of the great outdoors – and then it dawned on me what all these poets were on about.

    Favourite place to play

    Anywhere outdoors either on the hills or some of those wonderful beaches we have on the west coast of Ireland. My favourite places are Dingle, Connemara, and of course Killarney (in particular the outback of Killarney).

    A stroll on Dinis Island or Inch beach is always good for the soul. As long as I can feel the fresh Atlantic air on my face, I’m a happy guy.

    Not a lot people know this

    I absolutely love a good storm.

    Qualifications Read More

    Over a period of years, I completed the Mountaineering leader Training award with Mountaineering Ireland in the Wicklow mountains. Later, I complemented this with further mountain training in France and Scotland.

    I am a qualified National Tour Guide and a member of the Association of Tour Guides of Ireland. I hold a Graduate of Dr Shanes Lehane Ucc – Csn Heritage and Culture diploma.

    Travel Read More

    I hiked in many parts of Ireland mostly in the southwest. I have also hiked in:

    • Snowdonia in Wales
    • The English Lake District
    • The Scottish Highlands
    • Provence
    • The Haute route
    • Most recently, the Tour de Ecrin in France
    Biggest adventure  Read More

    That would be summiting on 6 Alpine peaks in 12 days, many many years ago. Also, Cyclo-camping through France, Spain and Italy.

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