Beginner’s Pluck


After college, Kieron Gribbon worked in various building and civil engineering consultancies. He worked in an architect’s office, and for a survey company surveying the motorway from Dublin to Galway.

In 1997 he took up hill walking.

“I’ve seen a lot of Ireland through that. In 2006 I joined a walking club, The Northern Ireland young walkers. I met my wife through that.

“Quite early on, I decided to visit the highest peaks in every county in Ireland. I completed the challenge in April 2011. Along the way, I realised there wasn’t a specific guidebook, yet more and more people were attempting the challenge.”

Who is Kieron Gribbon?

Date of birth: Nov 1, 1973, in Northern Ireland.

Education: St Paul’s Secondary School in Kilrea. Ballymena College, and Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education. Construction.

Home: Belfast.

Family: Wife and a baby on the way.

The Day Job: Civil Engineering Technician.

Hobbies: “I enjoy all the elements that make up the book, writing, drawing and photography. Also travelling, especially in Ireland. I like to sample local seafood and Guinness.”

Favourite Writers: “My favourite novels are The Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.”

Second Novel: “Since 2004, I’ve been writing a series of Science Fiction, fantasy novels set in modern day Northern Ireland. I’m still editing the first one. I hope to approach a publisher or agent in a few months time.”

Top Writing Tip: Edit. Don’t expect the first draft to be perfect.

Web: . Twitter: @kierongribbon


Ireland’s County High Points. A Walking Guide. The Collins Press: €17.99.

This walking guide explains everything the walker needs to know before attempting to climb one of Ireland’s high peaks. There are clear route descriptions, alternative routes, and easy to read maps.

“I like walking, writing, and photography. My day job includes surveying, and drawing on a computer. I thought, ‘why not write a guidebook.’

The Verdict: This superb walking guide, is beautifully written and produced. It’s a book to treasure.


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