‘He who swears at bears’ Dermot Higgins new book

by Rose Barrett
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Dermot Higgins

Remember Skerries man Dermot Higgins who completed his solo source to sea expedition on the River Yukon in Canada and Alaska during which he also managed to be attacked by and wrestle a bear – and survived!

The intrepid survivor named his amazing trip the Yesyukon 2023 Adventure and now he’s home and launching a book about his escapades. Better still, he has written a book about the great adventure and all proceeds will go to Pieta, a charity very close to Dermot’s heart.

Well this week, Dermot is hosting three launches in Fingal: tonight at 8pm in Joe May’s in Skerries, Tuesday 14 at The Strand Bar in Rush (also 8pm)and then on Thursday next, at 7pm in Pieta Centre on River Road in Swords. Dermot will give a presentation at each venue on his adventures and of course, the book will be available for sale.

From Skerries, Dermot finally reached the small Yupik town of Emmonak on the Baltic Sea, having paddled a staggering distance of 3,150km from the river’s source, south of Whitehorse in Yukon Territory, Canada.

Dermot believes he is the oldest person in the world and the first Irish person to accomplish this feat. He even paddled the last leg of the journey with two cracked ribs and in a boat which he patched up with chewing gum! 

His Yukon adventure he feels was the most arduous and his greatest achievement to date.

Well, attendees at his three book launch events this week can hear all about how this Dublin man was tossed into choppy waters after his boat capsized and he was flung into the swirling waters during high winds – more than 500m from the shore.  Fortunately, Dermot had put on his lifejacket before the squalls hit. But it was when he was trapped in his tent and attacked by a ferocious black bear that brought the North Dublin man to the attention of local media and he certainly made headlines as ‘He who swore at bears!’, hence the name of his new book.

To hear all about Dermot’s amazing escapades and his encounters with the welcoming Athabascan and Yu’pic peoples of Alaska which made the deepest impression on Dermot. Their tremendous generosity, hospitality and kindness, he said will live with him for his lifetime.

Launching tonight in Joe May’s in Skerries (8pm), Tuesday 14 at The Strand Bar in Rush (8pm)and and on Thursday next, at 7pm in Pieta Centre on River Road in Swords – hear Dermot in person and pick up a copy of his book, ‘He who swears at bears’, all proceeds to Pieta House.

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