For me, days spent in the hills and wilds of Ireland are about being immersed in that place. I love being up high and being able to read the landscape. If you know what to look for it can reveal so many stories; of human lives past, of glaciers and oceans long gone, and of wildlife very much alive. I love to try and interpret these stories.
Several years working in outdoor education and as an archaeological guide has led to a fascination with our history, heritage and folklore, something which only deepens with time. And then there’s history and botany and geology and astronomy… sometimes there’s just too much that’s interesting.
Along the way, I’ve had an assortment of other jobs, from growing trees to growing vegetables, and from teaching music in schools to playing tunes in McLynns pub in Sligo on Friday nights.
Favourite Place to Play
The ancient stone monuments built by our ancestors which are scattered across this island. Many of these are far off the beaten path and can take some exploring and persistence to find!
Not a Lot of People Know This
When not out guiding, I’m also the kitchen gardener in a Victorian walled garden, set in the grounds of 700-year-old Glin Castle in Co. Limerick.