Tony Kirby was born in Limerick city. He led walking tours in Dublin city in the late 1990s. In 2002, Tony moved to the Burren in County Clare where he operates a small walking tourism enterprise. He is the author of the book The Burren and the Aran Islands A Walking Guide published by The Collins Press (2009). Tony lives in Killinaboy and is a volunteer at X-PO, an old-style rambling house in the parish’s former post office.
Karin Funke moved from Germany to Co. Clare in 2000. Since her early teens, she has had a keen interest in photography, archaeology and nature. Even after almost 20 years of living in the Burren, she is not getting tired of going out to discover more of this magical landscape. Early on in her life in North Clare, a wish of documenting one outstanding features of this landscape formed in her – photographing the holy wells, of which the Burren provides a copious amount.
Thanks to Dr. David Drew for the hydrology reports on the wells. This is the first ever widespread examination of the hydrology of wells in any region in Ireland.
David is a retired Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography , Trinity College, Dublin with a particular interest in the hydrology and landforms of karstic regions of Ireland.
David’s partner Aileen Treacy has contributed valuable archaeological insights.