Hitching For Hope | Paperback | By Ruairi Mckiernan

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  • Hitching for Hope - A Journey Into the Heart and Soul of Ireland
  • Pages: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Ruairí McKiernan
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
  • Category: Irish History / Travel Writing / Sociology
  • Size: 23.5 x 15.6 x 1.9 cm
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Hitching for Hope by Ruairí McKiernan


A modern travel tale, part personal pilgrimage, part political quest that captures the power of human resilience.

Following the collapse of Ireland's economy, social activist Ruairi McKiernan questions whether he should join the mounting number of emigrants searching for greater opportunity elsewhere. McKiernan embarks on a hitchhiking odyssey with no money, no itinerary and no idea where he might end up each night. His mission: to give voice to those emerging from one of the most painful periods of economic and social turmoil in Ireland's history.

Engaging, provocative and sincere, Hitching for Hope is a testimony to the spirit of Ireland. It is an inspirational manifesto for hope and healing in troubled times.


'In Hitching for Hope, Ruairí McKiernan sets out on a pilgrimage to capture truth and to hear stories that deserve to be heard. He sticks his thumb out, and somehow a healthy dose of humanity manages to roll up alongside him. McKiernan is a writer who finds home in the elsewhere. This book is a paean to nuance, decency and possibility.' Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin; cofounder of Narrative 4

'Ruairí s tale of his journey comes as a breath of fresh air, awakening us to the adventures in store when we embark beyond well-trod routines into new encounters. It reminds me of my own hitchhiking trip in the UK seventy years ago full of spunk, resilience, and zest for discovery. Whether hitching for hope or working together in a neighbourhood garden, we can link arms for the sake of the Great Turning to a life-sustaining future.' Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life

'Ruairí McKiernan takes time to look behind the stone walls of Ireland. Travelling from pillar to post, he takes note of what many of us sometimes fail to see. Always revealing, always caring and compassionate.' Christy Moore, singer-songwriter

About the Author

Ruairi McKiernan is an award-winning social innovator, campaigner, and charity founder. He is a Fulbright scholar, a former Presidential appointee to Ireland's Council of State, and a regular media contributor on social, environmental, and health issues. Ruairi hosts the popular Love and Courage podcast, which features inspirational voices for change from around the world. He travels extensively in Ireland and internationally offering talks, workshops, retreats, consultancy and campaigning support to individuals and organisations working for change. Ruairi lives on the west coast of County Clare with his wife, Susan, who is a musician and meditation teacher.


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