Sean O Suilleabhain is not only a partner and our director of programmes here in Go Visit Ireland but also one of our much loved walking guides.
His love of the outdoors began when on school holidays on his uncle’s farm nestled in the Bridia valley in the heart of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range in Kerry.
His passion for folklore and history probably arose then also, listening to the tales around the farmhouse hearth as neighbours gathered for evening chats and card games. He began guiding by taking schoolmates into the hills and continues to be keen to share his interests.
Sean was the person who dreamed up the idea of The Kerry Way, Ireland’s premier long-distance trail, aimed at the conservation of old highways, rural development and access to nature.
He has been active also in the development of the national network of trails. He is a certified Mountain Leader, served for 20 years in the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team, now retired as a marathon runner and also a keen cyclist and takes part in the Ring of Kerry 180km charity cycle each year.
In 2012 he undertook one of his lifelong dreams by completing the full Camino de Santiago over 5 weeks.
There is never an off season for Sean as you can find him walking the hills any month of the year both for enjoyment and for recon for any changes that have been made to any routes for walkers to be aware of. This winter was particularly advantageous for hiking and thankfully as the days are beginning to lengthen again you will see him out there more often.
His outdoor lifestyle has followed on in this adult children and now even his young grandchildren are already keen walkers.
In 2017 he will continue to guide many of our walking itineraries along with a special Beara Way walking week in June.