Biography
 

Robin Ruddock B.Ed.

Born in Carlow, I spent my childhood summers swimming and snorkelling in the sea and playing on the beaches in Co. Wexford. During teacher training at Stranmillis College I spent many active summers teaching kayaking at camps in Donegal. I am now married with my own family of four and we have spent our summer holidays wild camping and exploring the coastline and islands of Ireland . Recently we have spent our time sailing north to the Inner Hebrides in the open fishing drontheim ‘James Kelly' and our classic yacht ‘Wild Goose of Moyle'.
 
I am a qualified teacher of Physical Education with Biological Science and have a wide range of qualifications in adventure sports. Some of my other interests include beachcombing, traditional music, Irish and Inuit culture, Celtic Christianity, maritime heritage, the study of cetaceans and conservation.
 
Celtic Pillage 2005
In 2005 I had the privilege to be invited by Lagavulin Fundraisers to skipper the ‘James Kelly' and participate in the project ‘Celtic Pillage 2005' www.celtic pillage 2005. This involved sailing and rowing between the many distilleries of Jura, Islay and Bushmills pillaging whiskey en route, selling it later by internet and we eventually raised over £40,000 for Children's Hospice in N. Ireland and Scotland .
 
 
Media Involvement
  • ‘Wet and Wild' Currach handling at Classic Sail Carrickfergus and kayak on the Roe.
  • ‘Songs of Praise' BBC 1 ‘Colmcille Skipper Interview'
  • ‘Witness' UTV ‘Colmcille Skipper Interview'.
  • ‘ UK Today' Worldwide TV ‘In the Wake of Colmcille'.
  • ‘Sky High' Boat/cave sequence with Christine Bleakley.
  • ‘Endangered' Drontheim sequences at Greencastle with Brian Black.
  • ‘Portrush Raft Race' Currach Race sequence.
  • ‘In the Wake of Colmcille Voyage'. BBC World Service. Molly Price Owen.