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    Dean McMenamin

    Dean McMenamin

    Reliable | Friendly | Adventurous

    Mini Bio

    Originally from Co. Monaghan, I studied creative digital media at the Dublin Institute of Technology. After graduating, I decided to buy a bicycle and see how far I could cycle. This ended up being a 44,000 km biking journey over the duration of 4 years visiting 35 countries on five continents.

    This epic biking trip brought me into contact with many different people and places, and I was always moved by the hospitality and generosity I experienced. After returning from my travels, I’ve moved over to the west coast to live in the colourful and bustling city of Galway. This gives me the opportunity to explore the local mountains of Connemara and beyond, as well as appreciate Irish culture. Ireland has so much to offer and I look forward to sharing this beautiful country with you!

    Favourite Place to Play

    Connemara’s Twelve Bens Mountain Range – especially Benbaun mountain. A great place to take some friends out on a hike.

    Not a lot of people know this…

    I worked as a film and TV extra to earn money in college. I appeared in Irish television shows such as Fair City and Love/Hate along with larger productions such as Titanic – Blod and Steel mini-series.

    Qualifications Read More
    • Higher Level Degree in Digital Media
    • Guide cycle training in 2018
    • Mountain Skills Training 1/2  – I’m currently logging hikes for this
    • Rec 3 Mountain first Aid
    Previous Experience Read More

    I’ve been working in the travel industry since 2018 which included several guided cycling trips in the west of Ireland.

    Travel & Biggest Adventures Read More

    From 2013 to 2017, I cycled 44,000 km on  five continents across 34 countries. This included cycling through Europe, the Middle East, SE, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America. I had to carry all of my equipment on my bicycle during the journey! I was very lucky in that I spent the majority of the trip wild camping as well as being welcomed into local peoples homes.

    You can read more about my travels on my website, Gone for Milk, which chronicles my round the world adventures.

    Outdoor Activities Read More

    I enjoy cycling and bike-packing – obviously! I also love to hike and enjoy open water swimming. Currently, I am training for the Killary Ford Open Water Swims. This will be a massive achievement for me seeing that I only learned how to swim in 2017!!

    Hobbies & Interests Read More
    • Photography
    • Videography
    • Woodworking
    • Woodcarving
    • Art
    • Irish History (Particularly interested in the history surrounding the Famine)
    • Flag Design – as nerdy as it sounds, I love a good flag!

    Regions you're an expert on Read More

    I have a good knowledge of the backcountry and hiking paths in Connemara and the Burren region. I also love the islands along the west coast of Ireland – the Aran Islands are particular favourites of mine!

    Adventurer's Stories about Dean

    Dean was very personable and made attempts to talk with everyone and to meet everyone’s needs.

    Marjorie Good
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 19/10/2022

    Dean was our guide and he made this trip so great sharing all his knowledge of the land and history and was just such a genuine person he definitely made it extra special
    He was such a great guide feel very lucky to have had him as our guide

    Heather Russell
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 17/10/2022

    Dean and Pearse were the best. Very friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, kind, considerate and great at organising our trips.

    Mairi Maciver
    Bike Tour - Connemara & the Aran Islands
    Reviewed on 19/09/2022

    I cannot say enough good things about our guides, Dean & Pearse. They were flexible, accommodating, adaptable, positive, knowledgeable, funny, engaging, superb, excellent, etc. I would HIGHLY recommend each of them.

    Tracey Loftus
    Bike Tour - Connemara & the Aran Islands
    Reviewed on 19/09/2022

    See previous comments.

    Eamonn Drayne
    Bike Tour - Connemara & the Aran Islands
    Reviewed on 19/09/2022

    I can say enough about Dean McMenamin. He was organized, engaging, full of stories, and had a great sense of humor. He added so much to the trip.

    Susan Schoenberger
    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    Reviewed on 17/06/2022

    Our guide was very personable, very helpfu, and obviously very caringl. He clearly wanted us all to have a great trip. He went out of his way to ensure that, despite being slower than the others, we were not left behind.

    Keith Oberg
    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    Reviewed on 16/06/2022

    Dean was fantastic. He went above and beyond his role. Thanks for the swim Dean

    Paula Richardson
    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    Reviewed on 16/06/2022

    Oh my gosh! Where do I begin to say how grateful that we were given this two excellent guys.. Both Dean McMenamin & Ruairi Leddy are extremely knowledgeable of both the history, geography and the customs of their great country. They were so accommodating but also challenging us to enable you to get the most out of each day... Dean giving us our roots location and Ruairi our Game of Thrones sites will always remain in our hearts. Would we come back because of them? Without a doubt! Would we recommend your company because of them most certainly! We were saddened to say Good Bye.. But their charm will bring us back to our other home again.....

    Sandi Cole
    19WITM Ireland Tailor Made Trips
    Reviewed on 28/10/2019

    Book a trip with Dean

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare
    20th May - 26th May 2023
    5 place(s) leftCONFIRMED€0Book Now
    Deluxe Bike Tour – The Kerry Peninsulas
    24th Jun - 30th Jun 2023
    1 place(s) leftCONFIRMED€0Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare
    5th Aug - 11th Aug 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED€0Book Now
    Deluxe Bike Tour – The Kerry Peninsulas
    26th Aug - 1st Sep 2023
    7 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED€0Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare
    16th Sep - 22nd Sep 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED€0Book Now

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