just as into the outdoors as you are.

At Great Outdoors, we like to make sure our staff are every bit as interested in the outdoors as you are. Our team come from a lot of different backgrounds and have a wealth of adventure experiences between them. On any given day, we have over 240 years of outdoor experience to call on. We’ve all tried and tested the gear we sell and between us all, there’s a wealth of information to be had. Enthusiasm can be electric and we can shock you by how much we know. Check out the complete profile for each member of our staff below and get to know us a little better!

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    Derek Moody

    Age: 44
    Department/Sales Area: All of them

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Meindl Matrei Walking Boots

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Came through the scouting system from a child to my late teens. I have participated in almost all outdoor sports throughout the years and I particularly enjoy taking on an adventure challenge or event.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Torn between Off- Piste Skiing in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe or Cross Country Skiing in Norway

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    John Guy

    Age: 38
    Department/Sales Area: Camping, Footwear & Climbing

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    MSR Reactor - the best gas stove on the planet (IMO)

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    I enjoy hill walking, trail running, camping, skiing, ski touring, climbing, cycling, swimming, kayaking, slacklining and fly fishing.
    I am a qualified Mountain Leader and hold a Multipitch Climbing Award.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    A ski mountaineering trip a couple of years back where we climbed to the summit of Gran Paradiso and skied all the way to the valley floor...if Carlsberg did mountain days...!

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    Paul Donnelly

    Age: 48
    Department/Sales Area: Watersports & Contract Sales

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Combat Polo Boat

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Kayaking for the last 35 years, I have worked in Tiglin Adventure Centre, Canoeing Ireland, Killfinane OEC and Coolure House - Crosscare.
    I have designed programmes for climbing, orienteering, kayaking.

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    Paul O'Neill

    Age: 41
    Department/Sales Area: The Lowe Alpine Shop (of old) & the IT/web Department

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    My Lowe Alpine powerstretch gloves

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Scouts since I was 11 plus 2 years of Shackleton course where I earned Personal proificiencies and instructorships in kayaking, hill walking, sailing, wind surfing, first aid, swimming and leisure management.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Survived a fall from the bottom of the Ben Bulben cliff face and a tumble down pinnacle gully. Have the scars to prove it too.

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    Jon Sharpe

    Age: 33
    Department/Sales Area: Stores, Climbing and Awesome Walls Store

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    DMM Dragon Cams - Because they are amazing 14.7 degree camming (original), extendable slings, Colour coded, and very shiny .... Enough said
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    Eamon Garland

    Age: 50
    Department/Sales Area: Ground Floor

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Base Layers, sweet warm Base Layers

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Kayaking, hillwalking

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Abseiling down Great Outdoors building dressed as Santa

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    Áine Mc Kenna

    Age: 24
    Department/Sales Area: The North Face Store

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    The North Face Litewave Ampere

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Shackleton Outdoor education - 3 years.
    GMIT Degree - Outdoor Education and Leisure.
    SI in sailing, powerboat, safety boat.
    Advanced snorkeler.
    Pool lifeguard.
    "Leave No Trace" trainer.
    Mountain skills.
    Rec 3 First Aid.
    Logging yacht master.
    Worked across Ireland in adventure centres as SI and instructor.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    3 day fully self sufficient canoe trip covering over 40 k in Mayo with minimal gear

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    Maeve

    Age: 25
    Department/Sales Area: The North Face Store

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Specialized Allez Bike

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Mountain skills 1 & 2.
    Mountain Leader training.
    Canoeing proficiency level: 3

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    10 day CrossCountry skiing expedition in Northern Finland
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    Cycled 1100km from the Southwest to the Northwest of France in 10 days

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    Darragh McMorrow

    Age: 21
    Department/Sales Area: Watersports

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Werner Power House

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    I've been hiking, kayaking, swimming, sailing and camping for as long as I can remember. I spent 3 years studying Outdoor Adventure Management in Shackleton and 4 years working as an outdoor instructor all over Ireland and abroad.
    I have lived and worked in India as a safety kayaker on the river Ganga for 3 months.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Difficult to choose between leading a month long kayaking expedition to Morocco and completing 2 Irish first descents and 1 possible first descent of the Assif Ourin river in High Atlas Morocco, and completing my HND in Outdoor Adventure Management, or actually maybe just living in a jungle in India for 3 months and not getting eaten by leopards or tigers!

    But seriously, every day in the outdoors is a great day - my biggest boast is that I get to do it as a career!

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    Gráinne Aylward

    Age: 25
    Department/Sales Area: Boots & Equipment

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    La Sportiva Miuras

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    I was raised in the outdoor sports scene, and have been at it all my life - climbing, diving, hiking and surfing have been my passions for the last 10 years (don't let the baby face fool you!)

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    I've been a guide in Dublin for the last two years - proud to say I've done my share of walking this beautiful county. I've been involved in a fair few rescues too - always come prepared!

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    Senan Dolan

    Age: 31
    Department/Sales Area: Equipment & Footwear

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Scarpa Velocity V climbing shoes

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Served with the reserve Defence Forces since turning 17.
    Member of Limerick Institute of Technology's Outdoor club since 2003.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010

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    Shane Garland

    Age: 20
    Department/Sales Area: Customer Service, Camping & Footwear

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Lowe Alpine Airzone Trek 35

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Hiking, camping, climbing, kayaking and skating

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Surviving 2 nights of hail and thunderstorms in the middle of the Mourne Mountains

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    Ian

    Age: 26
    Department/Sales Area: Stock room and Equpment

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    MSR Reactor

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Hiking, biking, climbing & snowboarding

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    130km, 9 day unsupported back country walk around Stewart Island, off the coast of New Zealand

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    Mick Murphy

    Age: 30
    Department/Sales Area: Footwear

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Therm-a-rest, absolute revelation, could not go without, If I didn't have my Therm-a-Rest I'd question whether to go camping

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Been a Scouter since age 10. I enjoy Trail Running, Climbing, Hiking, Caving, Canyoning, Camping, Bush craft and Mountain Biking. Worked as an Outdoor Instructor in Delphi Adventure Resort. Qualified Trail Mountain Bike Leader.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Three Peaks Challenge for Kenyan Orphan Aid 2015, hiking was awesome, the mini bus was hell on earth!

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    Eoin Kelly

    Age: 29
    Department/Sales Area: Stores

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Dublin City Half Marathon, Energia 24 Hour Race Belfast and trekked to the summit of Kilimanjaro

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Getting to the top of Kilimanjaro in January 2011

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    Anna Fasungova

    Age: 30
    Department/Sales Area: Outdoor Clothing

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    My climbing shoes, the La Sportiva Miura VS

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Climbing, running, hiking, cycling, skiing, cross country skiing, camping

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Climbing the second highest peak in High Tatras in Slovakia for 10 hours

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    Susan

    Age: 27
    Department/Sales Area: Online

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX, Helly Hansen Warm leggings, and a Buff

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Hillwalking

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Mount Fuji after a 12 hour bus journey - in borrowed boots.

    Biggest Outdoor fail: Missing the last cable car down from the top of Miyajima and having to find a trail down with the light of an iPhone. Either a wild boar or a deer nearly ran into us.

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    Beatriz

    Age: 23
    Department/Sales Area: Clothing

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Palm NeoFlex longsleeve rash guard

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Passionate about watersports in the Mediterranean (warm water ;)). My favourite outdoor activities are wake boarding, surfing, sailing with my family in Ibiza and trekking

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Being dropped off by a helicopter in the mountains in Bergen and trekking around the fjords

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    Louise

    Age: 21
    Department/Sales Area: Group and Corporate Sales

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    The Rab Xenon X Jacket. I've had it since 2004 and I always have it in my bag

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    My first expedition was at six month of age on a European kayaking trip and all my holidays as a child were based around camping, kayaking and climbing. I attended the Adventure Course at St. Kevin's College and then completed a Sports Science and Sport Psychology degree. My outdoor qualifications were obtained while working at the National Mountain and Whitewater Centre, Tiglin. Over the past 20 years I have worked as an instructor with both adults and youths over a range of courses from skills assessments to team building and education. I've spent many full winters skiing and snowboarding in the Alps, have my own hill walking business- Mountain Goat, and I've been an expedition leader with Earth's Edge for the past 4 years.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Open to saying yes to the opportunity of adventure- it can lead you to cycling in rural Uganda or sailing down the coast of Norway!

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    Katie

    Age: 27
    Department/Sales Area: Clothing

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    The North Face Base Camp Duffle Bag- holds all my gear

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Kayaking, paddle boarding, cycling

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Completing Hell and Back and Hook-a-Muck and taking part in the 50k Dublin City bike ride. I am hoping to finish the Quest Glendalough (41k) in April!

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    Mikey

    Age: 20
    Department/Sales Area: Footwear

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Dagger Nomad or the Mountain Equipment Pro Shell

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Kayaking, rock climbing and hill walking

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Climbing my first HVS (in the dark...with crumbling rock)

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    David

    Age: 26
    Department/Sales Area: The North Face Store

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    MYSELF/ The North Face Point Five Jacket

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    I'm a Geologist, a hiker, mountain biker, my life is spent OFF the sofa...

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    10 days trekking in Ireland, several summits of the Pyrenees, Monegros Desert race, Camino de Santiago twice - walking the French Way and cycling the Northern Way

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    Daniel

    Age: 24
    Department/Sales Area: The North Face Store

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    The North Face Apex Flex

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Experienced snowboarder and hiker

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Reaching the peak of the Swiss Alps and then waking up in a helicopter after collapsing (True Story)!

    #NeverStopExploring

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    Tom

    Age: 53
    Department/Sales Area: The North Face Store

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    The North Face Apex Bionic

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Football, cycling, hiking and travelling

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Driving through the desert in an open top car, running a few half marathons and of course, climbing Bray Head

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    Kevin

    Age: 57
    Department/Sales Area: Footwear

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Superfeet Carbon

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Searching for standing stones, dolmen tombs castles. Indiana Jones style...

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Seeing the Winter Solstice sunrise in Newgrange.

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    Derek Moody
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    John Guy
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    Paul Donnelly
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    Paul O'Neill
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    Jon Sharpe
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    Eamon Garland
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    Áine Mc Kenna
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    Maeve
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    Darragh McMorrow
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    Gráinne Aylward
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    Senan Dolan
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    Shane Garland
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    Ian
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    Mick Murphy
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    Eoin Kelly
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    Anna Fasungova
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    Susan
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    Beatriz
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    Louise
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    Katie
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    Mikey
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    David
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    Daniel
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    Tom
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    Kevin
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