I’ve actually done it. I’ve walked round the whole coast of the Republic of Ireland!
It’s been a perfectly Irish last day here in the Republic- early morning hot sunshine followed by a mixture of torrential rain broken by showers and a constant “soft rain”. And a rainbow.
This morning I sat in Gerry’s back patio in the sunshine in Moville. Warmth bounced off the stone. Van Morrison played from the kitchen. Gerry was sat opposite me on a bench up against the wall of his house eating cornflakes. Two overflowing hanging baskets hung either side of him. I sat opposite on a chair eating two giant croissants. I haven’t eaten croissants in a long time- I enjoyed the novelty.
Gerry only moved back to Ireland in February.
“Gerry, where did you enjoy living most that wasn’t in Ireland?”
“Where was my favourite place in England?”
He put down the spoon in the bowl and thought for a moment.
“There wasn’t one place”
He picked up the spoon and carried on eating cornflakes.
“Really? You lived in England for 40 years no? There’s gotta be one place you enjoyed?”
“Not really. Well no there was one ground floor flat I lived in. In London. It was Victorian. I enjoyed living in that flat. But I didn’t enjoy London”
We talked about happiness, Tony Blair and addiction. Gerry is a proper gentleman. One of the most honest people I’ve ever met. And he’s living somewhere now that he obviously loves.
I’m just walking into Derry now 👋 and I’ll be walking towards Belfast along the coast over the next few weeks!
Slán go fóill.
Thanks everyone x
1 year, 11 months and 22 days
£22,741 raised for RNLI Lifeboats
It appears Alex will be starting his walk northwards around the Scottish coast this summer, meaning he will inevitably walk some of our most northerly regions in the depths of winter.