May 16, 2017

My last blog I was me stuck at Clogher Head, with high winds and having the craic with Sean and Michael. Since that 10 days have almost passed of highs and lows that I've shared on Facebook and Instagram, but only getting the chance to blog now.

Where am I?
Well on Saturday I paddled to Fethard, co. Wexford, in some interesting conditions with strong winds building from South West. I landed at Fethard just before Hook Head, as the smaller headlands were kicking up quite a bit. It's probably the meatiest conditions I've been in by myself. With some cracking waves coming side on, I constantly having to angle the boat into the waves and brace of some breaking ones. The only thing I could think about was staying upright and concentrating on what was coming. 

Overall, it was a short wee paddle from Kilmore beach, about 5km from St Patricks Bridge at the Saltee Islands (a crest shape path-like rock formation that heads out East from Kilmore Quay out to th Saltees). I thought it was going to...

June 25, 2016

After two years of thinking about it... talking about it with a million people.  Annoying and nagging people to do it and getting responses like, 'I wouldn't mind doing sections.' 'I haven't got the time Caoimhe!'.  I thought my dream of paddling Ireland would never happen! 

Then it came, that moment we all have in our lives where you begin to question everything you want from your life... What am I doing?... Where am I going?... Am I really were I want to be?

Well I have strived through my life being told, I’m not smart enough, and I’m not strong enough... This lead to me with a lot of set backs and resilience to finally becoming a youth worker.  I went on to leave my job to be a trainee at Tollymore Outdoor Centre from a fulltime job to £75 a week.  However, it meant I could get my qualifications in paddling and mountaineering. Finally meaning, I could do what I really wanted to do, educate and challenge young people through the medium of the outdoors....

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