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Accountant's 1,600 selfies in all four corners of the globe - and he sold everything to do it

By John Mulgrew

From the soaring pyramids of Giza to the ice-filled Arctic - these are just some of the 1,600 selfies one Co Tyrone man took to chart his epic voyage across the globe.

Strabane native Patrick Hamilton Walsh sold all of his worldly possessions - including his Porsche and house - and left his £50,000 accountancy job behind to tick off yet another life goal on his list.

The 36-year-old sold-up back in 2007, putting his old 9-to-5 job on hold before trekking around the world - travelling to some 50 countries across every continent. And in that time he managed to write three books and get married.

"It was just something I always wanted to do," he said.

"I set myself goals when I was younger, such as wanting to have a Porsche before I was 30. Coming from Strabane, there aren't many jobs. I worked hard, studied and became an accountant."

It all started in May 2007, when Patrick sold his Dublin home and two cars, before starting his journey in New York.

Patrick then travelled across the Americas, Australia, Japan, as well as both the Arctic and Antarctic. He began taking his daily selfies four-and-a-half years ago. He's now put pen to paper, and released a book - The Backpacker Who Sold His Supercar - chartering his journey to achieving his "dream life".

Now back in Dublin, he still has further plans to travel.

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