My love of Ireland began in August 1994 when my friend, Michelle, organized a group of friends to visit her family. We arranged several rental cars, booked a few B&Bs in the beginning and rented a small castle in Lough Rea,
County Galway for a week. It was a dream come true and I wasn't in the country a day ... and had fallen in love with Ireland! Was it traveling by train, on my own to catch up with a co-worker in Galway? Was it taking the bus
to Lough Rea, then walking 5 miles to join the rest of the group at our rented castle? Was it the older woman I friended on the walk, stopped in for tea and homemade scone? It was EVERYTHING about Ireland that I had fallen in
love with from the very first trip.
I decided to take my mother back in July 1997, renting a car, a few B&B vouchers and hitting the road with no real plan. The love was still there and so I took a cousin back in October of the same year - no plans
but to have fun! We arranged horseback riding in Ventry, picked up a hitch hiker from Australia and spent a few days touring with our new friend. Ireland was like no other place I had been but it felt like home.
Needless to say, my love of travel and Ireland turned into a business venture in 2001 and I have been arranging tours for thousands of travelers, whether it was their first trip and they needed a lot of hand-holding...
or repeat customers who know what they want to do and I just put it all together in a neat little package for them.
Being an Ireland specialist is more than just completing the Tourism Ireland courses, which we have; it is hitting the ground, exploring and doing what we love - traveling!