News 2021

Title:  Mountaineering Ireland scoops international book award
Date:  19/10/2021

Mountaineering Ireland scoops international book award

Mountaineering Ireland is immensely proud to announce that Irish Peaks – a celebration of Ireland’s highest mountains, has won this year’ Guidebook Award in the prestigious Banff Mountain Book Competition.

Banff jury member Heather Dawe described Irish Peaks as “A wonderful showcase of the rugged beauty of the island of Ireland’s upland landscapes, Irish Peaks made me want to head for these hills. This book combines detailed route guides to the highest hundred mountains with incredible photography and comprehensive guides to their natural and hill-walking history. Ireland is a country where access to the mountains is not a given. Irish Peaks shares the invaluable route knowledge of local experts with the visitor; clearly mapping and explaining established lines into and over the ground. This is an inspirational guidebook that will surely entice many hill-goers to further explore these mountains.”

Mountaineering Ireland CEO, Murrough McDonagh, responded to the award saying “I’m delighted for the project team, Margaret and Alan Tees, Helen Lawless and Michael Byrne from Zest Creative, it’s wonderful to see their collective effort acknowledged with this international award. I also want to thank the many other Mountaineering Ireland members who contributed in different ways to this special publication. It is especially fitting to achieve this success in 2021 as Mountaineering Ireland is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.”

Welcoming the news, the project leaders for Irish Peaks, Alan and Margaret Tees said This is reward and acknowledgement for the efforts of the Mountaineering Ireland contributors who stuck with us through the process, and we are delighted that the high places in Ireland have achieved the international recognition that they so truly deserve.”

Irish Peaks was published by Mountaineering Ireland in tribute to the late Joss Lynam, who edited the original Irish Peaks book, published in 1982. Irish Peaks celebrates Ireland’s highest hundred mountains through an inspiring collection of 71 hillwalking routes, contributed by Mountaineering Ireland members. This beautifully illustrated coffee-table guide encourages readers to visit all of Ireland’s main mountain areas.

One of Mountaineering Ireland’s aims in producing this book is to promote responsible engagement with Ireland’s mountains, an engagement that is based on understanding and respect. On the occasion of this announcement, Mountaineering Ireland also thanks the landowners across the island of Ireland, without whose goodwill and tolerance we would be unable to pursue our passion for hillwalking, an activity that is so good for physical and mental wellbeing.

The Banff Mountain Book Competition is an internationally recognised literary competition that celebrates mountain literature in all its forms. To see the other books that were category winners and finalists in this year’s competition visit

Irish Peaks can be purchased online and direct from selected retailers; for more information visit


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