Literary tour of Ireland with Sierra Club

This was a great journey of discovery. From June 15th till June 25th we travelled Ireland in search of her best writers. Commencing with James Joyce:

On Blooms Day we relived the journey of Leopold Bloom and other Dubliners, “by swerve of shore and bend of bay”, through the heart of the Hibernian Metropolis.

We then travelled to the Aran islands to see where J M Synge had dipped into the folk customs and traditions to collect  stories and dialects for his great plays.

“I’ll go romancing through a romping lifetime from this hour till the dawning of the Judgment day.”

A world away in Yeats country we strode……

” Where dips the rocky highland

Of Sleuth Wood in the lake”

Finally we explored Kavanagh Country, Inniskeen, County Monaghan…..


“I have lived in important places, times

When great events were decided:”


About the Author:

Joe is an author, poet, historian, and guided walks consultant. He lives in Newport, Co. Mayo. Scriptwriter and presenter of “Old Port to Newport”, Joe McDermott is the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction books including Sheegorey (historical fiction), the History of St. Mary’s Hospital, Castlebar, as well as hiking guide books such as The Western Way, The Bangor Trail, and The Foxford Way.