Enniscorthy, Ireland
+353 0876403559
alanryanart@gmail.com

Dreamtime Landscape 

HUSBAND, FATHER, WRITER, PAINTER and ageing athlete who hasn’t quite hung up the lycra.

Magpie, a novel

My first novel, Magpie, is a tender journey into the broken heart of 1990s Australia. It strives to capture the atmosphere and sense of an extraordinary place with words, but through the eye of an artist.

Gallery

A selection of my paintings, some of which are available as limited edition fine art prints.

Ironman

Race reports and anecdotes, charting my fifteen year journey from a rather overweight 38 year old doing his first race, to an Irish record and standing on the podium at the Ironman World Championships (twice).. 

With time comes a change of emphasis, so I have revamped this site to reflect that. 

Originally called ‘Ironman Dreaming’, I started this occasional blog to promote my attempt at becoming an Ironman World Champion. Injury put paid to that cunning plan for now. With the extra free time on my hands, I found myself painting again and for some reason I kept looking to my years working in Australia for inspiration. All the while, the story of the Magpie began to germinate in my mind.

For most of my life, I would never have considered myself a writer. I have always thought in pictures and the idea of writing anything from a college essay to filling out a simple form, would be enough to bring on a headache. I’m possibly a bit dyslexic and of an age where dyslexia would have been considered laziness or often worse.

Even now with computers, writing does not come easy, but they help. Putting the Ironman blogs together was at first a necessary evil to promote my racing, but over the years and much to my surprise, they became a pleasure. The blogs opened up my mind to the idea of telling a bigger story.

Ironman has taken me to some wonderful places around the world. I achieved more than I could ever have imagined in the sport. But, I never dreamed it would bring me to a place where I could write a novel.

I hope to evolve this website into a vehicle to promote Magpie, and to getting it published. All the old Ironman reports are still here, just pushed to the side. I will continue to train, only much less than before. Training brings an enormous sense of wellbeing and racing is always fun. If I have anything to report on any front, it will be found here.

Blogs

A Storm Coming

You know when your nose is running and it feels like you’re swallowing glass, and your ear aches, and there is a storm coming, and they haven’t cancelled the race,[…]

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The Comeback Kid – Ironman Italy 2019

My state of undress did nothing to help as I shivered in the cold prefabricated room. But my concerns and attention were fixed on the screen above the bed where[…]

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