In conversation with Ruairí McKiernan, author of Hitching for Hope.

We are proud to partner with the Embassy of Ireland, The Netherlands to bring you this free virtual event with acclaimed author, social entrepreneur and former member of Ireland’s Council of State Ruairí McKiernan.

Originally from Cootehill in County Cavan, McKiernan now lives in Lahinch, County Clare, on the wild west coast of Ireland. His debut book Hitching for Hope – a Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ireland was recently published by US publisher Chelsea Green and went straight to number 1 in the Irish Times paperback non-fiction bestseller charts.

Described as a ‘powerful manifesto for hope and healing in troubled times’, Hitching for Hope is part personal pilgrimage, and part political quest that captures the power of human resilience’. The book is a reflection of a hitchhiking listening tour McKiernan undertook around Ireland during the bleak 2013 recession, while he was contemplating the prospect of emigration. The book is also a memoir reflecting on his 20 years’ work as a trailblazing social leader in Ireland and it is very much a timely celebration of the value of community spirit, kindness and collective action in today’s troubled world.

Registration is free and attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the event. Email questions to:

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