Thirty nine years ago I was fortunate to find myself living in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry. Killarney is set in a Valley surrounded by jaw dropping scenery from the lakes and mountains adjacent to the town. For hundreds of years it has drawn visitors from every part of the world. It is also a gateway to the stunning scenery to be found on the nearby Wild Atlantic Way, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Cork City and the totally unspoilt hidden gem of West Cork.
In 2017 I have been given the privilege of joining the ToursByLocals team, thus enabling me to show visitors to Ireland the unique scenery, history and culture this island has. After living in Killarney for 39 years I now consider my self 'a local' in the general South and South West Region. My aim is to give every visitor I guide a unique perspective of these pars of Ireland, and indeed Ireland in general.
My background is in policing. In late 2011, I retired as a senior police officer (Inspector Rank) from Ireland's National Police Force after 34 years Service. On retirement I trained as a Tour Guide and worked for local companies based in the Killarney area. After six years of Tour Guiding I have learned a lot. This new occupation also allowed me further pursue my life long passion for Irish History. Now as an experienced guide and I entering a new phase in my second career with the worlds most reputable and outstanding private tours provider - ToursByLocals.
My sample tours are designed to give you an experience of Ireland you will never forget. I will show you awesome scenery. I will tell you about Irish history - and we have a lot of it in Ireland. I will tell you about our culture, and about the modern Ireland. I will bring you 'off the beaten track' I will do my upmost to give you everything you want from a private tour.
But my tour options are not confined to the sample tours listed below. I can prepare a bespoke tour to suit you, and include what you want to see, what you would like to experience and what you would like to visit.
I can provide single day and multi day tours. On multi day tours I will give you something different each day. If you want to go beyond the south west and southern part of Ireland on a multi day tour, I can bring you to any part of Ireland you wish to go. Since 2012 there is not a corner or part of Ireland (north and south) that I have not been to.
As regards transportation, I can accommodate any size group from the single traveller to a group of fifty. I will provide a vehicle suitable to the size of group. Generally with smaller groups I provide either a Mercedes Luxury 'E' Class car, very suitable for 2 or 3 travellers or a larger air-conditioned comparable luxury executive vehicle. very comfortable for up to six or seven passengers. All the vehicles I use are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Irish Law for the carriage of fee paying passengers. I myself am fully licensed to drive public service vehicles, irrespective of the size of vehicle involved (car to large bus).
So as you plan your tour to Ireland, send me a message. Tell me what you want from your tour and I will construct a bespoke tour suitable for you. I will provide a tour at your chosen pace. We will stop where you choose and I will tell you all you want to know about my country. You will travel in a comfortable vehicle maintained to the highest standards. It will truly be a tour 'by a local'
A Recent Review of this guide
We absolutely loved our tour of the RIngs of Kerry and Skellig Ring with Barry O'Rourke! Barry is extremely knowledgeable about Ireland's deep history and culture. What we particular liked was that he would offer as much information as we wanted. He kept us away from the tourists so we had a more private experience. He is quite personable and we highly recommend Barry of Tours by Locals. Thank you for a great day, Barry!
(1) Approved Guide/Driver by The Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland.
(2) Retired Senior Police Officer (Inspector Rank) from Ireland's National Police Force.
(3) B.A. (Hons) Degree in Management.
(4) Appointed a Commissioner For Oaths by The Chief Justice of Ireland, Supreme Court, Dublin, on the 22nd of July, 2015.
(5) Member of The Trustees of Muckross House, Killarney.
(6) Member of The Institute of Advanced Motorists.
(7) Licensed by The National Transport Authority of Ireland to drive Small Public Service Vehicles.
(8) Licensed to drive Large Public Service Vehicles (EU Class D & D1).
(9) All vehicles used are fully insured for commercial passenger transport in accordance with Irish and EU Law.
All group sizes can be catered for.
Please email me through the Tours by Locals system for a quotation if your group size can or needs to be accommodated in a vehicle of a different category (i.e. Car, Viano, small Bus, Large Bus).