The Burren, County Clare

The Burren, County Clare

Standing (or sitting) on the very rock that makes the Burren such a special area of interest for botanists and geologists around the world, Tony Kirby's erudite introduction of this area in County Clare gives the viewer a sense of wonder at the natural world and man-made efforts throughout the centuries to control, conquer and ultimately understand such a wilderness as the Burren, from the Irish Boirinn; 'a stony place'.

Walk with Tony along some of the definitive paths and trails within this area and see first hand how man and nature endeavour to live and work side by side throughout the seasons.

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The Burren, County Clare
  • Tony Kirby, the Burren, County Clare

    Tony Kirby was born in Limerick city. He has also lived in Dublin (civil servant) and Bologna (English language teacher). Tony moved to the Burren in County Clare in 2002, whereupon he founded Heart of Burren Walks that year. He has been a full-time Burren walking guide ever since. A new editio...

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