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Des Murphy is a Camlough native and has been involved in tourism and recreation in South Armagh for many years – he’s passionate about South Armagh and the Ring of Gullion, and delivers regular tours to international and domestic tourists.
I’m Des Murphy from Camlough, South Armagh. Age: 58. Married with four grown up daughters and one grandson. Hobbies are hill walking/mountain climbing, with my greatest achievement reaching K2 basecamp(2005) 18,000 ft.
In 1980, working as a Chef in a hotel in Limerick, the Head Chef told me that I was ‘a stranger in my own country’. This encouraged me greatly in discovering and familiarising myself with my own country.
My role during each tour involves route planning and timing, and to educate/entertain my customers.
County Armagh has more archaeology and mythology than any other county in Ireland, so it was easy for me to specialise in this area.
The life and times of Cú Chulainn is my most memorable myth.
Slieve Gullion mountain and the Ring of Gullion is my personal favourite walk/hike.
Ireland and its people are loved the world over with countless individuals throughout the world claiming ancestry. First inhabited approximately 9000 years ago, Ireland has many archaeological sites with mythology attached still intact throughout the entire island. 350 miles long by 150 miles wide….who could get lost! No weather extremes or natural disasters makes Ireland one of the safest countries in the world to both live in and visit.
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