ON THE WATER’S EDGE: James Flavin, Breda O’Farrell, Donal Dowd and Ben Flavin at the launch of Timmy Flavin’s book ‘At the Water’s Edge’. Photo: Dylan Clifford.


By Sean Moriarty

The epic journey of two local men who kayaked around Ireland 28 years ago was recalled at a book launch in Killarney Racecourse last Saturday evening.

Back in 1991, Timmy Flavin and his friend Donal Dowd, circumnavigated Ireland in a pair of kayaks. The book, ‘At the Water’s Edge’, tells their story in Timmy’s words.

Timmy, from Tiernaboul and his friend were life-long adventure sports enthusiasts. They both worked at the outdoor education centre at Cappanalea and had previously kayaked from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Timmy documented their around Ireland journey in his diary. He passed away four years ago but his wife Brid found it recently while looking for something else.

“I found the diary recently, it is so well written,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fascinating. I asked a few friends if it should be published and everyone said yes. A lot of people say it is a history lesson, but I think it is more of a geography lesson.

“They were into adventure sports before any one, some people want to climb Everest, Timmy wanted to kayak around Ireland, and of all the sports he was into sea-kayaking was his favourite.”

The book is for sale in Daly’s SuperValu, Park Road and Bricin on High Street. All profits will go to the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) and Valentia Lifeboat.