I am a native of Sligo town on Ireland's remote Atlantic northwest, a small town of about 20, 000 people that follows the river Garavogue from Lough Gill to the Atlantic Ocean. Sligo town is located only 5 mins drive from some of the best surfing beaches in Ireland and 10 mins from some of the most spectacular mountain and lake scenery anywhere in the country.
I learned the craft of storytelling and woodcarving from my maternal uncle Michael an internationally renowned storyteller and woodcarver.
The woodcarving shop is located in the old family butcher shop in Sligo town, established by my maternal Grandfather and storyteller John during the war period. My Mother's family grew up by the quayside in Sligo town and have shared memories of the days when Sligo was a busy port for steam and sail traders carrying from as far away as the Rio Plata in Argentina.
My Uncle is my lifelong mentor and it is my honour and privilege to carry forward for the next generation the family tradition both in woodcarving and storytelling.
I have worked for over 12 years as a freelance tour guide for some of the most successful tour companies in Ireland, incorporating storytelling and musical performances into the tour experience. In order to focus on the archiving and preservation of the family legacy and tradition I decided to pursue and develop the storytelling tour concept professionally and concentrate on developing the family legacy.
In 2018 I was invited to perform at the Kansas city Irish fest and took the opportunity to perform private house performances for former clients in Washington DC, Virginia, Kentucky and Chicago.
As a musician and spoken word performer I strive to bring the native tradition of spoken prose to life with professional musical accompaniment to the natural rhythms and 'song' of the original traditional Irish instrument, the human voice.
I am the proud bearer of a family name and tradition that dates back to the dawn of settlement on the island of Ireland.
So join me on a tour and be a part of a living legacy because stories are no good without ears to hear them. So the most important thing is to get in touch. All departures can be fully customized depending on your schedule as I am flexible and mobile. So just drop me a line here anytime and lets take this story on the road.
- Coach Driving licence
- 12 Years Driving and guiding experience
- National tour guide qualification
For larger or smaller groups please contact me for a customized tour