Oileáin is the evolving guide to the Irish islands written by David Walsh.

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Latest News. Oileáin has continued to grow since its publication as a book in June 2004 / March 2014, and now as of 6th August 2021 includes 589 islands. The most recent inclusion is Colt Rocks  which shelter Traillaun Harbour, just southwest of the town of Castletown Bearhaven in County Cork, that provides a much superior launching for Bear Island than does the town slip, the town being these days a very busy place altogether.  My personal tally of landings on these reached a milestone figure 500 on 7th September 2012 and now stands 517. 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 the second edition of Oileáin . Comparing Oileain 2004 and 2014, apart from the additional 300+ islands (mostly in bays and close enough to the shore, the big wild stuff was mostly already included), 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 also “grew” to 156,000 words from the 90,000 as published in 2004 (in 2021 it is now 158,800 words in softcopy). It seems it was too big in 2014 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  text version of Oileáin (always right up to date, the current version with 589 islands having been uploaded as of 6th August 2021 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 71 year old Dublin former solicitor (now retired), living and working as a Notary Public in Ranelagh with his wife Sheila. He has four children Justin, Daire, Sarah and Orla, and seven point five grandchildren Thomas, Charlotte, Peter, Esme, Jakub, Georgia and Theo. David has at times professionally 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 (long ago) 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 Seán Pierce on behalf of Irish sea kayaking. David has of date of writing visited 517 of the current 589 islands dealt with, the most recent being Colt Rocks near Castletown Bearhaven. 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.  The initial 2,000 printrun is long gone, I understand, as is another 600 printed 2018, and a further printrun planned for later this year 2021.

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

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