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DavidWalshKayak-1Oileáin is an evolving guide to the Irish islands written by David Walsh.

Oileain is sewn stitched high quality 300gsm card paperback.

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Copies purchased here can be signed, unsigned, or bear a personalised salutation if required, such as “to Thomas from Patricia, happy 50th birthday” or whatever. My default inscription is “A. B. with best wishes David Walsh May 2014″, so if you want unsigned do please say so. If using PayPal, stop when you get to the bit where you can “Review your information” and check your address details, as there is a button labelled “Add special instructions to the seller :Add”. Left click “Add” and there is a box to type in the detail. Or email me david@davidwalshlegal.ie.
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There are “registered” and “express” postage options available at extra cost, which in some instances seems quite substantial. For orders of more than one, either order in ones or email me. Two copies costs €9.00 in Ireland/N.I., €12.50 in G.B./Europe, and €18.50 Rest of World, so make up your own mind which is best. Alternatively personal callers to my office at 109 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 can save the P&P.

Details also from the publisher Pesda Press (again) are at Pesda.

Latest News. Oileáin has continued to grow since its publication as a book in June 2004, and now as of 1st March 2015 includes 574 islands. The most recent inclusion is Foughil Island in the Valencia River near Cahirsiveen, added last February. My personal tally of landings on these reached a milestone figure 500 on 7th September 2012 and now stands 503. Oileáin also deals with parts of 10 of the 15 mainland coastal counties. This version of Oileáin will continue to grow and expand on this webpage but an earlier version dated April 2013 forms the basis for a second edition of Oileáin . Apart from the additional 300- islands (mostly in bays and close enough to the shore, the big wild stuff is mostly already there), there is a lot of additional local flavour, anecdotes, historical stuff as well as more flora and fauna than you could shake a stick at. There is new wild stuff too, for instance Rockall. Oileáin has grown to 145,000 words from the 90,000 as published in 2004. It seems it may be too big for commercial viability and the hard copy version published in 2014 was pared back to 125,000 words, but not at the expense of quality!

Browse (by cut and paste) or download PDF  the text version of Oileáin (always right up to date, the current version having been uploaded as of 23rd December 2013 but no maps, no colour, no photos.

I have compiled a list “First Known Kayak Landings” of many remoter, harder Irish offshore islands and rocks, and on which kayakers are identified who are thought at present to have landed there “first”. This hopes to reflect in an obscure way an interesting insight into a small part of what Irish sea kayakers were at in the late 20th century / early 21st.

Books and Further Reading on Irish islands and Irish sea kayaking. These include source material for Oileáin.

Oileáin” deals with landings on islands, camping spots, availability of drinking water, tidal streams, history or natural history where known or researched, birds and wildlife as available, and general information. It is intended to be similar in purpose to a nautical Pilot or Sailing Directions, but dedicated to sea kayaks and other very small craft, with a lot of extras.

David Walsh is a 63 year old Dublin solicitor and Notary Public, living and working in Ranelagh with his wife Sheila. He has four children Justin, Daire, Sarah and Orla, and grandson Thomas. David has legally represented many outdoor pursuits national organisations – Irish Canoe Union, Mountaineering Council of Ireland, BirdWatch Ireland, Underwater Ireland, AFAS, IASTT. Originally a keen walker, then climber, he has always also had a wide general interest in outdoor pursuits, including cycling, birding, canoeing and some SCUBA. On a sailing / climbing trip to Spitzbergen in 1990 he saw sea kayaks glide between icebergs in remote frozen Magdalena Fjord. He was blown away. The next part of his life began immediately.

Islands became David’s focus. Since first it became apparent that his “islanding” was something remarkable, once he was claiming 300 or so personal island landings, he has been rigorously audited by Irish sea kayaking. David has of date of writing visited 503 of the current 574 islands dealt with. He was a founder member of Irish Sea Kayaking Association and held the position of Chairman from 1995 to 2003, retiring only to see to the publication of the initial Oileáin.

Oileáin 2004 sold out 3,000 copies by 2010. Oileáin 2014 ISBN 9781906095376 has 292 pages, colour photos throughout, thoroughly revised and updated.

This site formerly hosted the Irish Sea Kayaking Association www.irishseakayakingassociation.com, a voluntary association which independently represents Sea Kayaking / Sea Canoeing in Ireland. ISKA is my home. I was its Chair from 1995 to 2003. On its website you will find additional information to do with current activity inside modern Irish sea kayaking.



Here you will find “What’s On”, a hyperactive Bulletin Board, a photo gallery, details of our extensive library (members, in Ireland, only), and of course our newsletters going back to 1996.

Oileáin – ISBN 978-1-906095-37-6 Pesda Press 9781906095376
Oileáin is distributed Cordee in Ireland, the UK and worldwide.