Phone +353 (1) 497 3611 | Fax +353 (1) 496 4769 | email david@davidwalshlegal.ie | | IDX 10 002 Ranelagh

David is one of Ireland's highest qualified sea kayaking leaders / instructors.

He has L5 personal proficiency, L4 sea instructorship, L3 instructorship and REC3 Wilderness First Aid.
He was a founder member of, and he led, the Irish Sea Kayaking Association from 1995 to 2004.

Oileáin

Oileáin & Sea Kayaking

When younger he was a competent climber and has many 'first ascents' of Irish rock routes to his credit, besides at least nine first ascents of Arctic peaks in Greenland, as well as in Spitzbergen in the Svalbard group. About 20 years ago he discovered the sea.

David is now one of Ireland's highest qualified sea kayaking leaders / instructors.

Oileain guide to Irish islands by David Walsh

His specific passion within the sport of sea kayaking is Irish islands and for instance he has paddled out to and sometimes camped overnight on the Fastnet, the Great Skellig, the Arans, Tory Island, and even Scotland (Donaghadee to Portpatrick, and back).

In recent years he has been kayaking abroad as well as among domestic Irish islands. Recent objectives included Cape Farewell 2004 and Upernavik Isfjord 2007 (both Greenland), the Strait of Gibraltar 2007 (Spain), and Cape Horn 2008 (Chile).

He has L5 personal proficiency, L4 sea instructorship, L3 instructorship and REC3 Wilderness First Aid.

In 1990 he was a founder member of, and he led, the Irish Sea Kayaking Association from 1995 to 2004

He retired from that position purposefully to devote his time to publishing 'Oileáin', - A Guide to the Irish Islands, published in 2004 by Pesda Press. At that time this book dealt with 313 Irish islands, but the work goes on, and nowadays there are 574 islands dealt with in the text of the second edition, and as published in soft copy on the www at www.oileain.org. David's free time is divided between tennis to keep fit, kayaking to keep sane, and family. He is married to Sheila and they have four grown up children Justin, Daire, Sarah and Orla, most of whom are occasionally to be found helping out at 109 Ranelagh

The publication of "Oileáin a Dó" was launched in Dublin on 7th March 2014 under ISBN 978-1-906095-37-6.

Aras an Uachtaran and Buckingham Palace jointly announced on 10th April 2014 that President Michael D. Higgins presented a signed copy of "Oileáin a Dó" to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales onbehalf of the Irish people during a state visit to London.

His sporting ambitions for 2015 focussed on participation in a sea kayaking expedition to far northwest Greenland (Upernavik Isfjord and beyond, for the knowledgeable), centred on a yacht the Killary Flyer out of Killary Harbour in Connemara, but the yacht hit trouble halfway across the Atlantic and, having suffered a mechanical fault, returned to Ireland in June 2015. Many months preparation went astray, but everyone aboard the boat is safe and well, and there is always 2016. David plans leading a trip to the Nanortalik area near Cape Farewell in July / August 2016, as well as enjoying cycle touring events in Ireland and maybe even the neighbouring island.

Oileáin & Kayaking Gallery

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare Buachal Rock, Inishark, Co. Mayo Fastnet Rock, Co. Cork. Greenland Iceberg Sea Kayaking

 

Torneady Point, Arranmor, Co. Donegal Cape Horn 2008 Conamara Arch 2009 Great Skellig Greenland 2007

 

Inishturk Mayo 2009 Inishvickillaun Landing Curraghs Inishtravin Shipwreck Mason Island, Conamara 2009