Galway with extensive experience of touring in the west of Ireland. As a member of the Association of Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland with a B. A. in Local History, I have significant expertise in the area of Family History and Genealogical Tourism.
I would be pleased to show you or your group, the magnificent and most beautiful contours of Connemara, including Kylemore Abbey. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, are intrinsically part of any tour to the west of Ireland. Galway City is an excellent base for touring the lowlands of east Galway where there are many sites to visit, Kilmacduagh round tower, Coole Park, St Brendan's Cathedral, Loughrea, Dartfield Horse Museum, Woodville Walled Gardens, Athenry Castle. Walk through the medieval streets of Galway taking in both the old and the new from St Nicholas's Collegiate Church to the Cathedral, Lynch's Castle and Eyre Square while soaking up the atmosphere of the latin quarter of this university city.
Other tours available for a day would be (a) Clonmacnoise monastic site and Birr town
(b) Limerick City, Bunratty Castle and Adare
(c) Ballyglunin Train Station (the Quiet Man film), Mountbellew Bog, Strokestown House & Famine Museum
or something different a three day tour of the Wild Atlantic Way from Limerick to Westport or vice versa.
I cater for groups ranging from 1 to 7 with 1 to 3 transported in a Volvo S80, which is classified as a limousine, and 4 to 7 persons in a Mercedes Vito minibus. Tours can be designed to meet your preferences.
You may wish to visit your ancestral homestead. If you want to trace your Irish roots please ask and I can assist you.
Time and deadlines are not an issue, you are in Ireland so relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings and the company of an experienced Galway based tour guide.
A Recent Review of this guide
This was an amazing tour. Paul was so knowledgeable and friendly and made us feel so comfortable for the day we spent with him. This is a must do tour for Ireland. Such beautiful and unique landscape and getting out into the countryside to see the authentic Ireland was wonderful. We always have such a great experience with tours by locals-they really are! Would definitely recommend Paul and this tour.
Failte Ireland approved National Tour Guide 2012.
Founder of Western Family History Association based in Galway in 1996.
Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, N.U.I., Galway - 2008.
Founder of Galway Tour Guides Association in 2009.
Occupational First Aid FETAC Level 5 2018.
Hon. Secretary of Association of Tourist Guides in Ireland (A.T.G.I.) 2017.
I have written two history books 'The G.A.A. in Mullagh 1884 - 1988 published in 1988 and 'A Mullagh Miscellany' Vol.1 published in 2003.
Some sites have in-house guides and I defer to them in that case.