Irish Mountain Secrets lectures

23rd February 2011

Adrian Hendroff, the author of the highly-acclaimed book From High Places: A Journey Through Ireland's Great Mountains, is giving a series of lectures around Ireland in Spring 2011. He will share his favourites places in the Irish mountains, discuss what inspired him to write the book and ascend these mountains, and give a visual display of some stunning images from their heights which will inspire you to explore them. He hopes to 'get the message out there' to boost tourism by his writings and photography. "How would I feel, if I lived in these mountain areas?", he asks.

Mountain Rescue Ireland ( is Adrian's main charity partner for this lecture series. However, Adrian also supports local charities like The Irish Brain Tumour Support Group (

UPDATE, 1 May 2011: €765 was raised for The Irish Brain Tumour Support Group and €729.16 for Mountain Rescue Ireland at the 'Irish Mountain Secrets' lecture series in March and April 2011. Adrian Hendroff would like to sincerely thank Mountaineering Ireland, Mountain Rescue Ireland and its various teams (especially DWMRT, GMRT, SEMRA and Tramore MR), Raymond Cummins of Tullow Mountaineering Club, Lorna Siggins of The Irish Times, Edwina Grace of KCLR, Billy McCarthy of WLR FM, the event organisers and hosts, and everyone else who have supported, promoted and kindly donated at the different venues of the lecture series. Your generosity is much appreciated.

The dates/venues/times below are confirmed:
Monday, 7th March, 18:30: Kerry Outdoor Sports, Killarney - Cost €5, proceeds going to Havan, the Haiti Building Charity.
Wednesday, 9th March, 19:30: Snow & Rock / Hughes & Hughes, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin - ADMISSION FREE, in support of MRI
Thursday, 24th March, 19:30: Base Camp, Dublin - ADMISSION FREE, in support of MRI
Tuesday, 29th March, 19:00: Lucan Library, Co Dublin - ADMISSION FREE, in support of MRI
Thursday, 31st March, 20:00: North West Words, Cafe Blend, Letterkenny - ADMISSION FREE
Saturday, 2nd April, 14:00: Kennys Bookshop, Galway - ADMISSION FREE, in support of MRI
Wednesday, 13th April, 19:00: 53 Degrees North, Carrickmines, Dublin - ADMISSION FREE, in support of MRI
Thursday, 14th April, 19:00: Talbot Hotel, Carlow - ADMISSION FREE, in support of IBTSG
Tuesday, 19th April, 19:00: New Ross Library, Wexford - ADMISSION FREE, in support of MRI
Wednesday, 20th April, 20:00: Sherry Fitzgerald John Rohan, Manor House, Cork Road, Waterford - ADMISSION FREE, in support of MRI

Adrian finishes by saying:

"I love the moments at dawn and dusk in our mountains: when I am alone, and can marvel at the delicate interplay of light and shadows in these wild places. It gives me renewed strength, a sense of wonder and the gift of humility. Such are moments that I wish would last an eternity. But they do not: each moment is unique to the place, the season and the time. It will never repeat itself exactly."

“On a recent trip I spent a starlit night camped near the sapphire-blue lake of Cummeenoughter, below Carrauntoohil in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. As early as 3.15am the next day, I awoke and climbed to the summit of Carrauntoohil, arriving before dawn. It was an incredible experience watching the sky, mountains, valleys and land light up in a delicate dawn quality."

"Adrian Hendroff's beautiful book does for the mountains of Ireland what the romantic poets did for the English Lakes. He has sung their praises and made them objects of desire. He has shown them to be attractive, challenging and eminently walkable. "From High Places" is not so much a travel book as a love story, written by someone who is deeply devoted to the high places of Ireland." - D.J.Phillips, review on

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