We’re pleased to partner with our friend Ruairí McKiernan to offer a limited number of signed copies of his Irish Times no.1 bestselling book Hitching for Hope – a Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ireland. The book has been described as ‘A modern travel tale—part personal pilgrimage, part political quest—that captures the power of human resilience.

Hitching for Hope is all about community, kindness and cultivating hope in the world. To be in with a chance of receiving a signed copy simply send a story of hope to info@hitchingforhope.com. For more information on the book visit www.hitchingforhope.com

About the book

Following the collapse of Ireland s Celtic Tiger economy, social campaigner Ruairí 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.

“Ruairí takes note of what many of us sometimes fail to see. Always revealing, always caring and compassionate.’”
— Christy Moore, singer-songwriter



“Funny, philosophical, and moving, this book illuminates a lesser-seen map of a better and kinder humanity. In an age of cynicism and despair, the stories and insights Ruairí unveils are exactly the medicine we need to wake up and remember who we really are.”
– Amanda Palmer, singer/songwriter; author of The Art of Asking

About Ruairí

Ruairí McKiernan is an award-winning social innovator, campaigner, writer and speaker and is the European Director of Narrative 4, which is a global non-profit promoting empathy among young people and wider society. In 2012 was appointed to the Council of State by President Michael D Higgins, where he served a 7-year term. A business graduate originally from County Cavan, Ruairí is a Fulbright scholar, the founder of the pioneering SpunOut.ie youth organisation, a founding member of the Uplift campaigning organisation, and part of the founding team behind Gaelic Voices For Change. He is also the host of the chart-topping Love and Courage podcast a regular contributor to the media on social justice, youth and community issues, civic leadership and wellbeing. Ruairí is married to Limerick-born singer, songwriter, musician and meditation teacher Susan Quirke and they live in Lahinch, on the west coast of County Clare. www.hitchingforhope.com