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  • Member since 2008
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About Me



Clara is a train station half way between Dublin and Galway and my cottage is next to Clara train station.

A very good view of my couch made by the Irish Times ...

Another by Kelly:

Some past adventures...

Featured in Couchsurfing's blog...

Simply The best travel advice you will ever get:

I don't feel that one night is really long enough for a Couchsurfing experience, so I prefer two nights but there is no maximum length of time if we get along well. Someone from Japan stayed 6 months with me!

I live alone but there are usually Couchsurfers staying here nearly every night.

After forty years of mostly nomadic life I am now happy to let the World come to me. I will be interested in your country, what is happening there and your thoughts about it. I have also traveled in Ireland and can give you help to plan your trip here.

I follow the path of Serendipity...

The first time I came to Ireland, about 35 years ago, I came by sheer chance. Hitch-hiking on the highway leading north out of London, I was hoping for a ride to Scotland, but a truck stopped that was going to Ireland, so I went to Ireland instead and was inspired by what I saw and what happened to me on that trip. Then, about eight years ago I was looking online for a job and saw a link to a job in Ireland, so I called to Ireland and have been here ever since.

You will need to like dogs to stay here.
My dog "Paddy" will be very persistent in wanting you to be his friend :)

I also have a cat called "Solly"

UPDATE: Solly run over by a car R.I.P. :(

Many other people and I have probably had the time of our lives when hitching around. Yet, people you meet randomly often assume hitchhiking is a death-wish. Hitchhikers of both genders are usually aware that hitchhiking carries a potentially serious risk. I am not saying this risk does not exist. I am just saying that hitchhiking is by far not as dangerous as it is perceived by public opinion, and that the rewards for taking this small risk are far greater than most imagine. Hitchhiking is worth it because it takes you to places and introduces you to people you never would have seen or met in any other way.

If you want to Hitch-Hike to my home from Dublin, take bus 66 to the last stop in Maynouth:
This bus costs €3.30. Then walk the short distance to the Highway.

Journey planner for all public transport in Ireland...

I like driving. If you hire a car, I can organise that and drive it for you!

Clara is about the nature. There are many good walks around the area.

Also visits to nearby bigger towns such as Tullamore and Athlone where there are interesting old castles and an art gallery.

The biggest outdoor market in Ireland is held only 30 minutes walk from Clara every Sunday...

So plenty to do around Clara :)


Whatsapp: 353858797297

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My cottage on Streetview:,-7.616649,-76.86h,-9.12p,1z

Countless publications are constantly shouting out the best places to visit in Ireland, but don’t feel compelled to follow these “must see” guidelines. Follow your own wanderlust and you’re sure to find something so much more authentic.

Don't expect to 'do' Ireland in three days. To do justice to your visit try to come to Ireland for at least ten days, but a month would be better. I have lived and traveled in Ireland for eight years and not seen it all yet :)

If you only see one thing in Ireland, make it the coast between Cork and Donegal. Anywhere along this coast, but preferably all of it!

Too many people have spoilt there trip by traveling with too much luggage. Follow the Golden Rule on this: If you can't carry your luggage INSIDE the cabin when you fly here, then you have got too much stuff!

I host Couchsurfers 365 days a year but I am on a limited income so if possible please contribute by buying/cooking some food for everyone while you are here or (if you are really poor), at least help with housework/cleaning.

I am not the World's best housekeeper!
Cleaning here is only done by the Couchsurfers!

I have Wifi WiFi code: z5szbvtx

If you are coming to or from the UK, you could also stay with my son, Andreas...

Claudia, one of my favourite Couchsurfers leaves this piece of advice: "If you are cleaning obsessive that is not your place.. ."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

It seems that all the crazy souls brave enough to stay with a stranger in another country are all of the same mindset and vibration. We connect instantly in a way that others don't. That instant friendship thats greatest based on a love of adventure and a trust for humanity.

"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why." (Mark Twain)

I am a Couchsurfing Ambassador and am always happy to share my experiences of hosting over 500 travelers from forty countries and am still enthusiastic for more...

During the Summer I like to travel and Couchsurf around Ireland. My favourite places in Ireland are Tory Island:

Also Bere Island:

You might like to travel with me to Tory or Bere Island. They are a 3 or 4 day trip by train, bus and ferry, Couchsurfing there with my friends.

After hosting hundreds of Couchsurfers I have made a very interesting observation: The lighter and smaller a persons luggage is, the more I seem to like them. This is not because I am short of space in my cottage, but because people with small luggage are the most experienced travelers. Please don't spoil your trip by lugging around ridiculous amounts of stuff that can be lost, stolen or cost you money to transport. We do have washing machines in Ireland!


Most of my travel experience comes from the days before couchsurfing even existed. Meeting travelers on buses, trains and planes and being invited into their homes around the World. Since joining couchsurfing I have discovered another way to meet the travelers of the road. Now after more than 500 pleasant experiences, I have also met some special people that have become close friends.

I think this article in 'The Guardian' nicely sums up why I'm on Couchsurfing...

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret,
for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
~Robert Brault

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Clara is about the nature. There are many good walks around the area.

Also visits to nearby bigger towns such as Tullamore and Athlone where there are interesting old castles and an art gallery.

The biggest outdoor market is held only 30 minutes walk from Clara every Sunday...

So plenty to do around Clara :)

I have traveled to many countries and love to share stories and hear some of yours too...

Music, culture, current events.

There are over 250 Musical Festivals in Ireland this Summer, Most of them are here...

Some video of my past life and times on the road...

More pictures here...

  • chess
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • wandering
  • serendipity
  • ireland
  • friendly
  • islands
  • hitch hiking
  • gay friendly
  • anything
  • wandering around
  • donegal

Music, Movies, and Books

Some inspiring videos about travel:

interesting views of Ireland...

Books: I don't like reading, but I don't disturb anyone who does ;)

Hahaha...there is this quote... If you have two options - choose the one that will get you in trouble!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) During The 90's I was the Creator, Organizer and Driver of the 'Midnight Express' Cannabis Smokers bus from London to Amsterdam. I have a few stories from those times :)

I was at the office of a truck company looking for a job just at the moment one of Metallica's truck drivers fell off the truck and broke his leg. I suddenly found myself part of Metallica's 2004 tour of Europe, an experience I will not soon forget!

Teach, Learn, Share

My Wi-Fi code for your phone/computer: z5szbvtx

I shouldn't need to write this but unfortunately it seems I do. I have hosted hundreds of Couchsurfers and even though it costs something, I do it because I enjoy it, but please remember that I am not working and on a very limited income. If you can afford to, please buy/cook some food while you are here.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) "A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from" -Lin Yutang

“If life is a book, then read it while you can. Don’t save up any pages for later, because there might not be one.” -Pete McCarthy

What I Can Share with Hosts

My way of hosting:
The reason I am doing Couchsurfing is to share time, laughs, thoughts and happy moments with my guests. I'd like to get to know u, the little things that make you a unique person.

Wondering how u can be a good guest?
I see couchsurfers as flatmates rather than guests. It means you can be relax and feel comfortable at home, but in return I hope you will help me to keep the house tidy and share the food costs.

I have a cat and a dog. There have been two separate incidents of people with pet allergies staying here and getting very sick :(

WiFi code: z5szbvtx

I'm not expecting any gifts but if you like wine, bring a bottle and we will share it together :)

Clara is about the nature. There are many good walks around the area.

Also visits to nearby bigger towns such as Tullamore and Athlone where there are interesting old castles and an art gallery.

The biggest outdoor market is held only 30 minutes walk from Clara every Sunday...

So plenty to do around Clara :)

The biggest mistakes people make when traveling here are: (1) Bringing too much luggage. If your backpack/case is too big to be allowed inside the cabin on a flight then you have too much stuff! Stuff you have to lug around and pay for heavily on European flights (2) Not allowing enough time for your trip. Ireland is a beautiful country and most of the beauty is on the West coast. Any trip of less than a week in Ireland and you are not giving yourself a chance to see it properly. Two weeks would be even better if you can afford the time/money.

Try the alternative side of Dublin:

If you are flying from anywhere in Europe, Ryanair is definitely your best bet. Use Skyscanner to check when the cheapest dates to fly are, then book on the Ryanair website itself.

To avoid extra baggage charges, do your best to bring hand luggage only. The good news on this front is that Ryanair now allow you to bring 2 carry on bags; a backpack or mini suitcase up to 10kg and one handbag/satchel.

One alternate way to get to Ireland is on a ferry. There are 4 ports along the Irish coast that you can arrive into, depending on where your departure point is. Ferries leave for Scotland from Belfast, to the UK from Dublin and Rosslare and to France from both Cork and Rosslare.

Sailings on Irish Ferries from Holyhead to Dublin only take 1 hour and 50 minutes and are pretty cheap if you are a foot passenger.

There is a special "All inclusive" ticket for trains and ferry from UK from any station in the UK for less than 50 Euros that you can buy anytime:
Also Sail-Rail:

Your best bet in Dublin is taking the bus. When you arrive at Dublin airport, you will be overwhelmed with options. The 747 Aircoach is 6 euro one way, the ‘Airport Express’ – 6 euro one way, 10 euro return, inter city buses and last but definitely not least Dublin bus number 16. This is your cheapest option to get to the city centre, charging only 3.30 euro for a single journey. Important note: You must have correct change and they don’t accept notes!

If you arrive into other cities (Cork, Belfast etc) and want to explore Ireland, buses will still be your cheapest option. Make sure you compare the different private companies such as JJ Kavanagh (great for day trips from Dublin to nearby towns and cities like Kilkenny), Air Coach (great for Cork-Dublin and Dublin-Belfast), GoBus, CityLink (great for direct buses from Dublin-Galway) with Bus Eireann (the national bus company) to ensure you are getting best deal.

Do not buy a sightseeing bus pass for the outrageous price of 22 euro (or more if you don't buy online!). Dublin is so small you can easily walk to all of the main tourist attractions, such as parks, museums and cultural historic buildings.

Hitchhiking is also a great option. I think Ireland is one of the last places in Europe where it is safe, even for girls, and you will find it really easy to get a lift. This is especially true in the more rural areas in the middle and the West of Ireland, where some people (not very many, but a few) can no longer rely on regular bus services on thus rely on the kindness of strangers instead. Be sure to check out the HitchWiki Guide to Ireland for good places to catch a ride.

If you are over 25, and you have your full drivers license, renting a car is in fact the best way to see Ireland from the eyes of a local. If you really want to see areas of untouched beauty, stunning beaches, mountains hills, dead ends and get off the tourist trail, renting a car is the only way to go. It’s not too pricey if you opt for a smaller model. I can drive the car for you as I like driving and I get to travel as well :-)

You will need a car to see the best places like this:

If you are staying in Dublin before or after visiting me, there is a huge variety of hostels in Dublin, with prices varying depending on location, facilities and type of room wanted. The only catch is…you seriously need to book in advance. Especially during the summer, at Christmas and anytime in March close to St Patrick’s Day.

The cheapest dorm beds in Dublin City include:

Dublin International YHA -€16.50
Jacobs Inn – €18.00
Four Courts Hostel -€20.00
Isaacs Hostel – €23.00

Be Aware though that weekend per night prices in Dublin hostels are VERY high, around 50 Euro in some cases!

If you are looking to stay in Dublin, or any other city in Ireland, for a few days or even a few weeks, Airbnb is an excellent option. It’s especially good for couples or 2 friends travelling together. You will get your own private room in someone’s house or apartment, and they may even show you around the city and introduce you to their friends. With prices starting as low as €32 for 2 people in a beautiful city centre bedroom, this might even be cheaper than staying in a hostel!

Food and drink will probably be your biggest expense in Dublin. If you really want to save money I recommend buying food in the supermarket and cooking in your hostel. bit boring, but certainly cheapest option. If you don’t want to do that, check out the CheapEats website and Twitter feed for all the best restaurant deals. You could also look up Groupon and GrabOne as they always have cheap restaurant deals for two. I also found this article on 10 of Dublin’s Cheap Restaurants which could be useful. Yelp reviews are pretty handy too.

In general, everything outside of Dublin is cheaper. Food, drink, accommodation etc. The further from Dublin you go, the better deals you will get and you will also find some fantastic restaurants serving delicious fresh food.

The Pav, Trinity College’s student bar. Everyone here just sits out on the grass during the summer drinking from cans and enjoying the limited sunshine. Stay away from Temple Bar. That place will suck every last cent out of your wallet.

Best pub in Dublin: The Celt

Work out the bars that have special drinks deals, depending on the day of the week. If it’s a Tuesday, head to Diceys on Harcourt street for 2 euro drinks. Thursday? Head to the South William for ‘Flippy Thursdays’ (they flip a coin, you guess heads or tails, and if you’re guess is correct you get the drink for free!!). O’ Reillys bar under Tara street DART station also does some great drinks deals mid week. Dublin’s only Aussie bar, located on Parnell street, also does some mean drinks deals such as pitchers of Fosters beer for 1 euro.

here is a useful article...

Thinking of coming to live and work in Ireland...

Useful weblinks...

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Public transport in Ireland

Advice about coming to Ireland to live and work...

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Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Western Sahara

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States

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