At a crossroads in her life, Londoner Gráinne Lyons set out to travel Ireland's west coast. She set a simple intention: to walk in the footsteps of eleven pioneering Irish women deeply rooted in this coastal landscape and explore their lives and her own Irish identity along the way. What resulted was her book, Wild Atlantic Women: Walking Ireland's West Coast.

Gráinne is a writer and documentary- maker from London. Her work has been published in The Irish Times and Aesthetica magazine and she was shortlisted for the Mslexia first novel competition in 2017.

Maggie Doyle returned home to her family farm in the townland of Dechomet in the Dromara Hills in the Autumn of 2019. She had taken early retirement from BBC NI where she worked as a radio producer and manager for over thirty years, and began an MA in Creative Writing at Queen’s University in Belfast.

She kept a diary from January-December 2020 of events on the farm where she and her husband had plans to run a small music club. The book documents the early days of the club before the Covid-19 pandemic brought restrictions on live performances around the world. Mountain Notes: A Nature Diary was released just before Christmas 2021.

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Getting to Nature Writing Gráinne Lyons and Maggie Doyle

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North Down Museum

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