My guest today, Bryan Fennell, is the Rural Recreation Officer for County Wicklow Partnership. He loves the adventures, and works to promote activities, in the wilds of Co. Wicklow. In this episode we talk about opportunities to experience the great outdoors in County Wicklow. Of course, I had to touch on the subject of the natural environment and the need to protect it. We also talk about deer stalking in the Wicklow Mountains and, on a separate note, the sometimes difficult relationship between sportsmen and ecologists.
My guest in this episode of the podcast is Paul Gleeson. I would describe Paul as a big-time adventurer. He cycled across Australia, crossed the Atlantic in a row boat and attempted to cross the infamous North West Passage in the Canadian High Arctic, on human power alone, in one season. And these are just some of Paul’s adventures. He is also a published author, TEDx speaker and performance coach who runs a consultancy firm for businesses. This is really a good one to listen to, especially if you’re into adventure stories!
This is a big one. Our guest, Pádraic Fogarty is the Campaign Officer at Irish Wildlife Trust and an ex-editor of the Irish Wildlife magazine. Protection and conservation of the natural world should be of the greatest importance for all outdoorsmen. For that reason, I was really excited when Pádraic accepted an invitation to the podcast. If you care about the environment, tune in and listen. We are talking not only about key conservation issues but also how to get involved and make a difference. This is not tree hugging stuff, this is a practical and down to earth discussion about the protection we all owe to Mother Nature. Also, check out Pádraic’s book “Whittled Away – Ireland’s Vanishing Nature”.
This episode is a deer season opener special! The 1st of September is approaching fast and it marks the beginning of deer hunting season in Ireland. My guest on the podcast is the Public Relations Officer for Irish Deer Commission, Damien Hannigan. We discuss deer conservation in Ireland, the position of various stakeholders on deer management, wildlife crime and many other deer related issues. It is a must-listen for all deer hunters and stalkers. Also, don’t forget to email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place on the Rut Walk in Killarney National Park, taking place on the 14th of October. The event is free of charge but places are limited, so make sure to book early.
Once again we are pushing the boundary of what we mean by the outdoors. Without a doubt piloting drones is an outdoors activity. So in this episode our guests are two pilots from Munster Drone Services, fully licensed providers of professional drone aerial works. While listening you can learn about various types of drones, regulations related to flying drones and the many ways that a drone can be used. Spoiler alert, it’s not only photography, as it turns out drones are quite useful tools for farmers. Furthermore, we discuss the types of drones and how to get started and become a drone pilot.
You can get in touch with Munster Drone Services on 087 604 1469 / 087 940 1232
I recently was interviewed by Jantien Schoenmakers from the Nerd on the Rocks radio show for Limerick City Community Radio. We had a great time talking about Tommy’s Outdoors podcast and many other topics.