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    David Lawless

    Enthusiastic | Compassionate | Musical

    A Mini Bio

    Music and the outdoors are my big obsessions. I grew up in Dublin but I took every opportunity to get out into the hills. The mountains of Wicklow provided endless options for hiking and biking, leading small groups of friends in the hills since my teens.

    I worked in IT for over twenty years before taking a sabbatical in 2011 to go travelling for a year. Upon returning, I quit in 2013 and moved to the west coast for a change – which turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I’ve been working as a guide since 2016, and now live in Sligo, get to cycle its back roads, walk its hills, swim at its beaches, and play music with a bunch of good friends.

    Favourite Place to Play

    For music, it would be Ellen’s Pub in Maugherow, Co Sligo on a Friday night. For the outdoors, I’m happy at any one of our gorgeous beaches along the west coast and Wild Atlantic Way.

    Not a Lot of People Know This

    Over the past few years, I’ve been learning to play the Gaelic Harp, or Clársach, the ancient instrument of Ireland (similar to the ‘Brian Boru’ harp in Trinity College).

    Experience / Education Read More
    • Fáilte Ireland Regional Guide for the Northwest
    • Fáilte Ireland National Guide / Tour Management
    Travel & Biggest Adventures Read More

    After twenty years working in IT I took a year’s sabbatical and backpacked around Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and finished up on the West Coast of the USA. A life-changing experience that set off a chain of events that sees me where I am today.

    Favourite Activities Read More

    Hiking, biking, sea swimming (in skins!), playing trad (traditional Irish music).

    Favourite Regions of Ireland Read More

    Wicklow and Sligo, both gorgeous counties, one tame, the other a bit wilder.

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