I’m currently doing talks and media interviews about the experience and planning a book. I am hoping to find a sponsor/s or patron to help support me for a few months while I write it. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org )
You can find out more about the tour via the below links, the blog, and the Facebook page.
A huge thanks to everyone who supported the project. I am really grateful for your help.
Media coverage of hitching project
Radio – Interview on Marian Finucane show RTE Radio 1
Video – ‘Capitalism, community and hope’ – My MacGill Summer School speech
Video – TV3 Morning Show
TheJournal.ie – 10 things I learned from hitching around Ireland
TheJournal.ie – meet the man who is hitching around Ireland
Radio – BBC Radio Foyle
Radio – Newstalk George Hook inerview (3 mins in)
Radio – RTE Radio – Mooney show
Radio – Today FM – KC show
The idea for the trip came after I was asked to speak at the MacGill Summer School on the theme of citizens’ views of the republic.
While it was a great honour to be asked to speak at this event, my initial inclination was to decline because I didn’t feel qualified to talk without first connecting deeper into people’s dreams for Ireland.
This gave rise to idea of a listening tour born out of a heartfelt sense that there are great people, organisations and communities out there that aren’t being heard in the media or in politics.
And to others who have been helping out along the way including those have given me lifts, stories, food and encouragement. Thanks also Alice Kennelly, Clare Herbert, Muireannn De Barra, David Patterson, Ross, Lydia Campbell Kiernan, Breffni Clarke, Caitriona Quirke, Mark Patterson, Paul and James in Aughrim, Caroline Crowley, Joe and the lads near Dunmore East, Kurt and housemates in Cork, Damien Mulley, Allen Meagher, Jennifer and crew at Limerick Learning Hub, Eoin Ward and Martin McBennet, Marty and Justin at Uisneach Hidden Ireland tours in Mullingar, and others I”m forgetting to mention. You are all brilliant! And so too my wonderful fiancé for her love and support – Susan Quirke/Susie Q.
Places I visited
Galway City, Spiddal, Moycullen, Oughterard, Cleggan, Inishbofin, Clifden, Mam Cross, Leenane, Westport, Croagh Patrick, Newport, Achill Island, Rossport, Belmullet, Mullet peninsula, Ballina, Sligo, Bundoran, Donegal Town, Mountcharles, St. John’s Pt., Letterkenny, Derry, Leixslip, the Áras, Dublin, Aughrim Co. Wicklow, Gorey, Kilmuckridge, Wexford Town, Baldwinstown, Kilmore Quay, Hook Head, Ballyhack, Passage East, Dunmore East, Cork City, Mallow, Limerick, Glenstal Abbey, Moyross, Killaloe Co. Clare, Nenagh, Borrisokane, Athlone, Hill of Uisneach near Mullingar, finish at Hill of Tara. Return to Dublin to prep for July 29th Council of State meeting and then travel to Glenties, Co. Donegal for July 30th talk. Then speaking at Big House festival, Co. Kildare on August 5th.
Thanks to TV3 Morning Show who interviewed me, to the Irish Timesand TheJournal.ie who who did features, the Irish Independent who published my article, and to the Derry Journal, Sunday Times, Galway Independent, Cork Independent, Cork Evening Echo, the Tipp Tatler, the Impartial Reporter (Fermanagh), the Donegal Democrat, the Anglo Celt. Thanks also to WorldIrish.com, DonegalDaily.com and other websites who covered the trip.
Thanks also to the radio stations who I did 28 interviews with:
National: RTE Radio One Mooney Show and Marian Finucane show, Newstalk Breakfast show and Right Hook show, Today FM (KC show)
Regional/Local: Galway Bay FM, iRadio, Mid West Radio, Ocean FM x2 , Tipp FM x 2, Highland Radio x 2, BBC Radio Foyle x 3, 98FM late night talk, Shannonside Northern Sound x 2, Flirt FM, South East Radio, KFM radio Kildare, Clare FM, Spin1038 FM, Cork’s Red FM, LMFM, Dublin City FM,
‘There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.’ - Nelson Mandela