Brendan and Jennifer met while studying Anthropology by the banks of the Royal Canal at Maynooth University. After a number of years living in Northern Spain, work drew them close to the Royal Canal on returning to Ireland. While living in Castleknock the canal provided the ideal cycle route to commute to and from Dublin city centre. Finally an ever extending family and a desire to leave the hustle and bustle of city life brought them to settle in Ballyleague, Co. Roscommon. They again found themselves a stones throw away from the Royal Canal as it passes through Kilashee.
Brendan’s love of long distance trails began when he completed the Bibbulman track in Western Australia. He had caught the bug and went on seeking adventure in trekking, cycling and climbing in Nepal, Tibet and Bolivia. He discovered a love for running while participating in triathlons in Ireland and abroad. He has gone on to complete a number of Ironman competitions, marathons and ultra-marathons.
Jennifer found her love for the outdoors closer to home while walking sections of the Wicklow Way. After living in Santander in Northern Spain and falling in love with the Camino de Santiago Brendan and Jennifer returned to Dublin. They realised that the Royal Canal offered a beautiful long distance walking and running trail at their doorstep. After many hours of walking, running, cycling and family fun on the canal they decided to share, promote and make this national treasure accessible to people far and wide. Royal Canal Adventures was born.