Raised in the Wicklow countryside, David is country through and through. He loves reading, especially Sebastian Barry and Roddy Doyle, and cooking (burning?) up a storm in the kitchen. You might find him bouncing around a tennis court on weekends before retiring to a quiet pub with friends for a long lazy afternoon. David writes about sport, food and nature and is fascinated by the Titanic. Favourite Walk:The Lambe Hill (for thinking) and Beal Ban beach in Ballyferriter (for romancing).
Felicity Hayes-McCoy is a professional writer working in print, broadcast and digital media. Born in Dublin, Ireland, she lives and works in a stone cottage in Corca Dhuibhne, Ireland’s Dingle peninsula, and in a inner-city, former factory building in London. She blogs about life in both places on her website. Her new memoir The House on an Irish Hillside is published by Hodder & Stoughton UK, and Hachette Irl.
Gerard Britt was assembled in America from Irish parts. He grew up in New York, and now lives in Manassas, Virgina with his wife and son. An Irish and family history nut, his trips “back” in 2007 and 2008 are among his happiest memories. He’s managed to see 28 of 32 Irish counties so far, and his last visit was August 2011.
We’ve a great bunch of guest bloggers, from photographers to chefs, to writers to tour guides, who all have a sweet story about their experience in Ireland that they want to share. If you’re interested in being a guest blogger for Discover Ireland, contact us.
With a childhood spent in the idyllic Dublin seaside suburb of Portmarnock and adolescence on a farm in the deep West of County Cork, Jonny Lucey is the quintessential Irishman. A man of simple tastes, he enjoys a fine pint of stout with friends by a roaring fire in a West Cork pub; a good read (fantasy and ancient history mainly) and blasting out a tasty riff on his electric guitar.
Orla has lived in both Dublin and Kildare for a decade apiece and is torn between the two counties. In her spare time she loves a good read; Irish authors are the current favourite. When her nose is not in a book, she can be found eating at various restaurants in Dublin and scouring charity shops for 'granny chic' handbags. Orla likes to write about food, culture and heritage and loves Ireland's literary history. Favourite place: Bantry Bay, West Cork on a summer's day or George's Street Arcade, Dublin for some serious bargain-hunting.
Tourism Ireland Staff blogs
This is a series of Tourism Ireland staff blogs with their personal tips for TBEX Dublin 2013 attendees.