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Walk East Until I Die: A Trek through Irish History and Beyond

By Mike Pinnock


A dream becomes reality for the author as he sets out to walk alone, at the age of 67, the E8 European path that terminates in Istanbul, Turkey. Starting from Dursey Island, County Cork, the first stage of his walkn ends in Dublin. His walking adventures and misadventures are intertwined with an exploration of Irish history, culture and tradition.

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The impossible dream becomes a reality for Mike as he sets out alone at the age of 67 to walk the E8 European path. In this engaging book he begins the challenge on Dursey Island, County Cork in the Republic of Ireland and ends this first stage in Dublin city. Utilising an elderly camper van and a pushbike Mike shuttles along, experiencing injury, breakdowns and frequent loss of bearings.

Along the way he delves into the depths of Irish history from ancient times until the formation of the modern Republic.

The walk will eventually traverse 12 countries and end in Istanbul, Turkey. If he makes it he will be 84 years old.

In Kenmare Mike discovers the ruined house of a seventeenth century Protestant colony. In Killarney he tries to uncover the motives of a solicitor turned forger who was transported to Australia, whilst in Millstreet the atmosphere is alive with the spirit of the Volunteers that would become the IRA. The events of the War of Independence and Civil War are traced as the path winds its way through Fermoy and Clogheen to the village of Newcastle.

In Carrick-On-Suir the roots of Irish folk music link to Bob Dylan, whilst near Clonegal and Tinahely Mike finds evidence of the potato famine and the subsequent mass exodus of Irish to the United States and Canada.

This fascinating insight into the legendary and mystical land that is Ireland concludes amongst fairies, leprechauns, James Joyce and Guinness in Dublin city.

 

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