Pat Liddy is an Irish artist, historian, writer, illustrator, mapmaker and environmental lobbyist who has helped to make Dublin a global tourist attraction.
Pat, a Dubliner by birth (1944), has always been fascinated by the extraordinary history, the natural environment and the varied architectural styles of his native city. As an artist, Pat has, since the 1970s, occupied a considerable amount of his time travelling around the city-centre sketching and painting the architectural highlights of the city as well as hidden corners of the more neglected areas. All this effort helped to raise awareness and often led to the protection of places that might otherwise have been lost. He was also involved in lobbying committees, one of which persuaded the Government to build the new tram system now so successful in Dublin.
Since 1994, following a long career in Aer Lingus, he has dedicated himself to his main pursuits of drawing, writing about and exploring the historic buildings, scenic places and the exciting new developments in his native city. Exhibitions of his work appeared around notable centres in Dublin as well as in Brussels and Zurich. He has published 10 illustrated books on Dublin and contributed to many more.
Every year since 1998 he produces the very successful Dublin Visitor Map. A few years ago, organised by Fáilte Ireland, Pat produced a then world’s first with the highly acclaimed I-Pod series of 10 Dublin Walks. Since then other podcast and downloads of walks have been made available. Pat is regularly engaged by Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and other agencies to lead tours for visiting media and other guests. TV companies from many corners of the world have featured Pat in their Documentaries on Dublin.
He founded a large walking tour company in 2004, Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin, which brings thousands of visitors annually to many of the famous as well as the not so well-known quarters of the city. On a regular basis Pat leads historic walks in the very popular Walk & Talk series, an initiative of Dublin City Council.
In May 2011, Pat received the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Award in recognition of his dedication to raising awareness of Dublin’s architectural and cultural heritage.
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