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Caoimhe Connor

Caoimhe ConnorMe in 3: Energetic | Passionate | A wee bit weird

Favourite place to play: Northern Ireland’s Mourne mountains! It’s my back garden where I can climb, run, bike and paddle. Known as the Kingdom of Mourne, were the mountains sweep down to the sea, in my opinion everything is possible here in this small yet eye catching mountain range. I am lucky to have this at my front door!

Not a lot of people know this about me: I have broken my tail bone on 3 occasions involving horses, climbing and ice. Now when I sit outside on cold surfaces my tail bone gets stiff, weird!

Mini bio intro: Love your job and you’ll never work a day in your life they said – so I did! It was the best decision of my life. For over 10 years I have been sharing my passion of the outdoors and the cool places around us, whether it’s a chilly dander in the hills or an adrenaline-filled paddle down a river. It’s class craic!

 

 


Qualifications

  • Honours Bachelors Degree in Informal and Community Education (Youth and Community)
  • Summer Mountain Leader ; Single Pitch Award
  • Trail Cycle Leader
  • BCU Level 2 Coach (for Canoe and Kayak), 4 Star leader Canoe, Sea leader, White water safety and rescue, Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor, SUP Advanced water instructor
  • REC level 2 first aid and AED

Previous experience

By far my biggest personal adventure in the outdoors, I previously attempted to paddle around Ireland in a kayak – solo! I paddled along about 2/3 of the country’s coastline, discovering Ireland’s most spectacular coastal landscapes, inlets, coves and seas. I am an outdoor enthusiast, mountain biking, mountaineering, running or walking in the hills, kayaking and canoeing, I love it all!

Much of experience is working in Outdoor Education with young people throughout Ireland and UK.  I have taken many young people on expeditions in countries aboard – Morocco, Malaysia, Africa, and Sweden. I took a year out in 2017 to work in Canada as a sled dog guide and then a sea kayak guide and coach. I love the varied work and lifestyle working in the outdoors.

Travel & Biggest Adventures

I feel like some of my biggest adventures have actually been the little ones, with or without my friends.  Adventures do not have to be big and scary to be the best ones. To select a few – sea kayaking in the tidal races of Anglesey, learning to ski for the first time in Canada in 2017, runs with my retired sled dog in Tollymore Forest Park and the Mountains of Mourne (Co. Down) and mountain biking with amazing 360 views all over Ireland. I’ve solo sea kayaked around Kinsale Head in Co. Cork, explored massive caves with spectacular views and wildlife and biked the winding wee roads around Ireland’s coast, especially in Glencolumbkille (Donegal) and Dingle Peninsula (Kerry) – the views are extraordinary and you feel so very small!

Though without a doubt, my biggest adventure was my solo kayak trip around Ireland that I mentioned above.

Favourite Outdoor Activities, Hobbies & Passions

I enjoy trying anything outdoors, happiest when near water or wildlife. I especially love paddling, running and biking.

Though still an amateur, I enjoy photography – I just love capturing a moment when no one realises you are taking a photo! I have an interest in the history of Ireland and adore studying the stories and legends of the island.

Regions You Know Best

Perhaps the place I know best is Northern Ireland’s many hidden spots and little-known gems. I love the Mourne Mountains, the beautiful Causeway Coast and other spectacular corners of Antrim. Being a Belfast girl (and growing up in the tail end of the troubles…), I find the history of Belfast utterly fascinating, and love sharing my interests and passions with others.

That said, I also love Dingle, Kerry and the wild Donegal landscapes, and I am keen to explore more of Ireland’s fascinating landscapes.

I have travelled through many countries, but Ireland is by far one of the friendliest nations and the landscape is so varied for such a small Island.  I have a lot of passion to explore my own home and therefore want to share this with others.



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