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