our team are 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!

  • Great Outdoors Staff team

    Derek

    Started in: 1984
    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

    Started in: 2010
    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

    Started in: 1986
    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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    Ken

    Started in: 1985
    Department/Sales Area: Every last one

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Deuter Trans Alpine Pro 28

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    I did the Outdoor Pursuits course Clogher Road and then worked as an instructor in Tiglin and a few other centres. While I was doing that I worked Great Outdoors as a Saturday boy in the camping and hiking department.

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    Paul O'Neill

    Started in: 1999
    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 proficiencies 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

    Started in: 2013
    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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    Áine

    Started in: 2015
    Department/Sales Area: The North Face Store

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag

    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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    Gráinne

    Started in: 2016
    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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    Ian

    Started in: 2008
    Department/Sales Area: Stock room and Equipment

    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

  • Great Outdoors Staff

    Luke

    Started in: 2014
    Department/Sales Area: The North Face Store

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    North Face Summit Series L5 Jacket

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Hiking, rock climbing, kayaking & paddleboarding.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Climbing to the top of Mount Australia at 2:30am to witness the sun rise before any other person at any other point in Australia.

  • Aoife,GReat Outdoors Staff

    Aoife

    Started in: 2017
    Department/Sales Area: Footwear, camping, clothing, watersports and currently the Ground Floor manager.

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Lowe Alpine Airzone Pro, or my Dagger Mamba

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Lots of experience of adventure sports through scouting over the years but it's hard to pick my favourite from kayaking, climbing, hiking and snowboarding.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Favourite Adventure: Snowboarding in Austria this year, my first proper powder days- Weoow!

  • Kyle

    Started in: 2017
    Department/Sales Area: Camping and footwear and now on the web team

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Mountain Equipment Rupal Jacket, or MSR Pocket Rocket

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Hiking, camping, climbing, surfing, snowboarding and biking.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    18 days hiking on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, surfing Australia, or hiking and snowboarding in northern India.

  • Bryana

    Started in: 2018
    Department/Sales Area: Outdoor clothing and watersports

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    MSR Pocket Rocket

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Skiing (instructor), cycling, climbing, surfing, camping.

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Climbing and camping in the Byrne, or teaching at a watersports camp in Spain!

  • Mikey,GReat Outdoors Staff

    Mikey

    Started in: 2016
    Department/Sales Area: Watersports, footwear, camping, climbing and outdoor clothing.

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    My Scarpa Rangers or my Palm FXR

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Climbing, Kayaking (watersports in general), hiking, cycling, skiing

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Climbing in Chamonix last year! So many routes to chose from, and so much to do in such a small space- from trad, to ice, to sport climbing!

  • Great Outdoors Staff

    Anna

    Started in: 2016
    Department/Sales Area: Watersports & outdoor clothing.

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Garmin forerunner 235

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Kayaking, hiking, swimming

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Kayaking with a whale off the coast of Cork!

  • Aaron

    Started in: 2018
    Department/Sales Area: Footwear & Equipment

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    MSR Hubba Hubba, or Saleva Rapace. Oh! Don’t forget about smartwool socks!

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Hiking, camping, pilates, yoga, skiing and lots and lots of adventure travel

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Hiking to the top of an active volcano in New Zealand (Mount Ruapehu), then skiing down!

  • Éanna

    Started in: 2018
    Department/Sales Area: Watersports

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Red Paddle Inflatable SUP

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Watersports! Sailing, sea kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, surfing and swimming. And of course, camping and hiking too!

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    A toss up between sailing across Dublin bay or taking a group of children hiking through the swiss alps.

  • Matt

    Started in: 2018
    Department/Sales Area: Camping & hiking

    Favourite Bit of Kit:

    Lowe Alpine Airzone Pro

    Relevant Outdoors Experience:

    Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking, Kayaking

    Biggest Outdoors Boast:

    Mountaineering in the French/Italian Alps!

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    John Guy
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    Paul Donnelly
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    Ken
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    Paul O'Neill
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    Jon Sharpe
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    Áine
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    Gráinne
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    Ian
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    Luke
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    Aoife
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  • Kyle
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    Mikey
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    Anna
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