Kerry Dwyer was born in the North of England and educated in the South. She worked in finance for more than two decades in the UK, USA and various countries in mainland Europe. She now lives with her husband and daughter in the South West of France. Following the birth of her daughter she gave up finance and retrained as an English teacher (TEFL). She currently teaches English as a foreign language to adults by telephone and internet. Ramblings in Ireland is her first novel.






This is not a book about rambling in Ireland.It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired.Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?

As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost – he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track.

This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.


Once we had booked the flight, we ordered some books from the internet. A book about walks and a map or two, we thought, would be great to get us started. I said that I would be in charge of doing this. Well, it is an easy job isn’t it? You can get English books in France from specialist shops but we do not live anywhere near a specialist book store and so tend to order online. With a search engine it is easy. I have an account with Amazon so a few clicks and it is done. I ordered an ordnance survey map of Cork and Kerry. I thought that would be good for walks and points of interest as well.

For the book on walks I keyed “walking in cork and kerry” into the search engine and looked through the results that came up. I clicked on several to read more about them. There was a great series of books about walking in the west of Ireland with notes on wildlife and lovely drawings of the scenery. It promised to be good for all levels of walkers from casual strollers up to serious walkers. A few more clicks and that was done. I informed Bertrand that I had ordered the book and map in English, with just a short search and a few clicks. He looked at me dubiously and asked, “You ordered an ordnance survey map?”

“Yes, for Cork and Kerry.”

“That’s good. They should have all the walking routes. We will be able to see where the mountains are too. They’re normally very detailed. Are you sure it covers the right parts?” He sounded uncertain.

“What do you mean?” I asked. I tried to look a little taller and sound insulted.

“Well, looking at Google Earth. Cork and Kerry cover quite a bit of territory. I shouldn’t think that one map would cover all of it.” he explained.

“It was the only one that said Cork and Kerry. It didn’t say bits of Cork and Kerry. Do you think I can’t do something so simple as order the right map?” I was a bit cross at his mocking tone.

“No, I would never say that.” He laughed.

“So why are you grinning all over your face?”

Of course, he was right. Whilst it did cover the some of the countryside we would drive through between the airport and Bantry, it covered none of the areas we were going to stay in and none of the walks that we had planned to do. Bertrand laughed so much he nearly cried. When the book on walks arrived I opened it to start reading about the places we would go to and the things we would see. I hoped that this would give enough detail that we wouldn’t need a stupid ordnance survey map.


Kerry’s Cause:

The charity that I support is called  ‘Room to Read’. because I believe that everyone should be able to read. It is the key to so many part of life.
“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” – -Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary



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