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For decades, John G O’dwyer has been a keen hill­walker, rock-climber and sup­porter of all that is ru­ral in Ire­land.

In 1991, he founded the Mid-tipp Hill­walk­ers Club and has 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of lead­ing hill­walk­ing and moun­tain climb­ing groups in Ire­land, the UK, Europe and Africa.

More re­cently, he has been writ­ing guides to some of his favourite routes in coun­ties Tip­per­ary and Waterford, while his 2013 book, Pil­grim Paths in Ire­land, was the first com­pre­hen­sive guide­book to the Ir­ish pil­grim paths. It is now in its third re­print and has done much to build aware­ness of, and re­turn foot­fall to, the an­cient spir­i­tual trails of Ire­land.

His next book, A Guide to Walk­ing Ire­land’s Mid­lands and South, is due to be pub­lished by the Collins Press in the New Year. Cur­rently, he is na­tional chair­man of Pil­grim Paths Ire­land.

Cover photo by Ea­mon Ward of Aoib­hin Gar­rihy on the Cliffs of Mo­her, Co Clare.

25 Best Walks in Ire­land is edited by Fran Power

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