I have had a life long interest in cultural and natural heritage of all kinds and really know the way to all the best and most interesting places.
Dublin is a wonderful city to visit with an interesting history stretching back over a thousand years and is full of great architecture, historic places, fascinating museums and is renowned for it's highly educated, vibrant young population (50% are under 45 years old) and its great food. In addition it is famous as a UN World Heritage City for English Literature and for the many famous rock musicians that live here such as U2. Let me make sure you get to see and experience the best it has to offer.
The city is located on wide a beautiful wide horse shoe shaped bay backed by the beautiful Wicklow Mountains to the South and the rich farmland of the central plain to the West and North.
Around the city in whatever direction you travel there are numerous places full of interest; from one of the greatest gardens in the world at Powerscourt, to the World Heritage Tombs of the Boyne Valley, or the rugged beauty of the Wicklow Mountains.
Whatever direction you choose to go I know all theses areas well, having grown up visiting them and studying them as part of my career. Let me bring you to them and I will make sure you get to see as much as time permits while telling you all about them.
I retired as Properties and Conservation Manager of the National Trust for Ireland in 2012 to devote myself to a full-time career as a tour guide and I am an Irish Government Approved National Tour Guide. I also hold a National University of Ireland Professional Certificate in Genealogy and Family History. I am licensed to drive up to 16 people in both limousines and mini buses.
In the past I was Chairman the Heritage Gardens and Designed Landscapes Committee for ten years, served as Vice Chairman of The National Trust for Ireland, President of the European Network of National Heritage Organisations, a member of the Executive Committee of the International National Trusts Organisation and the Council of Europa Nostra (the pan European Heritage Alliance).
I am also a founder member of both The Irish Garden Plant Society and The Tree Council of Ireland.
I look forward to meeting you, and sharing the best of Dublin.
A Recent Review of this guide
John picked our party of four on time at our ship. We saw many of the sites included on most tours including the Trinity University Library (Book of Kells), St Patricks Cathedral, Phoenix park, Dublin Palace, Guiness Brewery etc. We had a great lunch with John at Brazen Head Pub, very old and charming. John's in depth knowledge and enthusiasm was obvious as he provided a very rich commentary on everything we saw. Our conversation at lunch was fascinating. It was a great day.
Hons. Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship with First Class Honours
Failte Ireland Tour Guiding and Tourist Management Certificate with Distinction
The National University of Ireland Certificate in Genealogy with first class honours (ordinary degree level certificate awarded after three years study, level 7 QQI)
Graduate of The National Botanic Gardens in Amenity Horticulture.
Member: Approved Tour Guides of Ireland (ATGI)
Member: Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
As a licensed guide, I have no restrictions.