In August 2019, Sean Molloy & Cory Kilbane embarked on the journey of a lifetime – traveling by electric car on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Read on for the background to our project, or follow our progress on Cory’s blog: Day One: The Beginning – Achill to Malin Head
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is on the outer edge of Europe and it stretches along the west coast of Ireland for more than 2,600Km. It begins on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal and goes through the counties Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry, finishing in Kinsale, County Cork.
We are starting our journey in the village of Dooagh on Achill Island and travelling to MalinHead on the Inishowen peninsula in Co. Donegal. The village of Dooagh is where Sean lives and grew up. One of the pubs in the village, Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant, not only claims to be the most western pub in Ireland but in the whole of Europe. From there we are going to find the most northerly pub in the country – What better way to start an Irish road trip!
We are doing the trip in an electric car and hope to prove that having an electric car is possible even in the most remote areas of the west of Ireland. Unfortunately, the charging structure is very sparse in these areas at the moment so we’re not 100% sure if this can be done.
We are leaving the guide books behind. We want to experience the very best that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer and the best way to do this is to ask the locals in every place that we go. We want to see the real Ireland. We want to meet the real people. Undoubtedly, the Wild Atlantic Way has some of the most spectacular scenery in the World but we believe that its the people that makes this place really special.
We also want to meet the people that have traveled from other countries to make the WAW their home and place of work and the people that are here on holidays and want to enjoy the experience as much as we do.
We would also like your help. If you know of any person, place, business or project that you think we should see, please let us know.
As we said already, we will start on the beautiful Inishowen peninsula and work our way down along the Atlantic coast over the next few weeks.
Our journey is being supported by Solar 21, an award winning renewable energy company that’s based in Ireland and has operations in the UK and Italy. They produce enough renewable energy every day to power 60,000 electric cars!! They have decided to support this project because like us, the two brothers that own the business, Andrew and Michael Bradley are originally from the West of Ireland. In fact from Dooagh on Achill Island, the same village as Sean. They want us to find the the people in the West of Ireland who are making a difference to their communities or helping other people. This may be by being involved in community projects, developing renewable energy, protecting the environment, animal welfare or setting up sustainable businesses in an area that although amazingly beautiful, is sometimes hard to make a living in. Our mission from Solar 21 is to Discover these people and their stories. Share their experiences in the hope that it will Inspire others to follow suit.
We are also supported by Failte Ireland, who have been a great help in the preparation and planning of this project. Our brief from them is to simply show the World how beautiful and friendly the West of Ireland is.
We have also been supported by BIM through the FLAGS programme. They provided a small grant so that we could buy some of the equipment we need to record this journey.
We will be doing the journey in August, September and into October. Please get in touch with us if you have any ideas or suggestions.
Sean & Cory, August 2019.