Join Paul as he cycles from Londonderry to Cork, taking in the islands of Arran and Achill, visiting sites associated with Ireland's literary icons, crossing the bizarre limestone landscape of the Burren, and hitting the dancefloor at the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. He pays his respects at St Patrick's sacred mountain, is horrified by the effects of the Great Famine and the depredations of Oliver Cromwell, and observes the same final view of land as those on the Titanic. His talk ends with a visit to Blarney Castle and, inevitably, a hair-raising kiss of the Blarney Stone.
- Duration: 45 mins
- Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
- Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Meet The Speaker, Paul
Paul taught history in UK, Canada, Tanzania and Hong Kong before becoming a TV and radio journalist and broadcaster. He began as a TV newsreader in Hong Kong in the 70’s (see Paul Gillingham, HK TV via Google) and later produced travel features from around the world for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Classic FM. He has written many articles on travel and a book, ‘At the Peak: A History of Hong Kong Between the Wars’.
Preparing for the Event
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