I am a native Dubliner from the North Side of the city. I am a Modern Languages graduate of Trinity College, and have lived in the city all my life, working mainly in the airline and hotel reservations sectors, as well as in professional translation. I speak Irish, French and German, and my chief hobbies are Gaelic games, soccer and Irish plays.
One of my most passionate interests is unearthing nuggets of information about the history of Dublin from unusual sources, such as classical texts and the Viking Sagas; studying the history of Dublin reveals a much more diverse set of influences than you might expect!
I turned to tour guiding here in Dublin two years ago, and have certainly not regretted one minute of it: the enjoyment I get from introducing visitors to Dublin to the sights and stories of the 'Fair City' is evident in the many flattering Tripadvisor reviews I have only recently received:
"Informative, educational and entertaining walking tour with John. John had great pride and enthusiasm and provided our large group with an excellent tour of a truly special city" - Bill G (Fairfax Station, VA), Sep 2016
"My mother and I did a tour with John, and it was amazing! He was SO knowledgeable and we learned so much and saw all of the sights we wanted to in Dublin! An amazing day and I would definitely recommend his tour to everyone!" - Laurene - (Flagstaff, AZ) Dec 2016
"Here we were taken to a most delightful, comprehensive, appealing walking tour by John, a Trinity College graduate - a real gem!" - Rita Z, (Rosario, Argentina) Dec 2016
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
John picked us up from the Cruise Terminal when our ship Queen Victoria docked.Had great time wondering around various places of Dublin. As a local he knows where everything is and can change the places to visit as he picks up what you are interested in. He booked in advance for us "The Book of Kells"/Dublin Castle so no time was wasted. Managed a few pubs to have a meal & drink so one felt like a local & not a tourist. He surprised us with family history information too as I have Irish blood
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
I offer two main services:
1. Walking Tour of the City of Dublin
Visit Dublin Castle, the centre of British authority in Ireland during the colonial period of 1171-1922, learn about Christchurch Cathedral’s venerable cat and mouse, and see Smock Alley Theatre - Ireland's oldest theatre, built in 1662. The beautifully preserved Irish House of Lords (1733) is also on our itinerary, as is Trinity College - home to the Book of Kells. We then finish our tour calling at the National Museum where antiquities such as the Tara Brooch and pre-Celtic gold jewellery (dating from 2200BCE) are displayed, and Dáil Éireann - the present day Irish Parliament. Cost €140 (irrespective of group size).
2. Howth Hiking Tour
Available for both individuals and groups. This involves leaving town in the morning, and will require a strong pair of runners or hiking shoes. We visit the charming fishing village of Howth - home to some of Dublin's best seafood eateries as well as the Abbey Tavern, stomping ground of the legendary Dubliners folk group. We will see the cottage W B Yeats lived in as a boy, 'Aideen's Grave' - a megalithic burial tomb dating back to 2500BCE, and majestic Howth Castle. The entire itinerary takes approx six hours (this includes a lunch stop at the Summit Inn half way through the tour). Cost €175 (irrespective of group size).
Transportation by tour guide:
I work closely with a very reliable taxi driver who operates a modern air-conditioned five-seater taxi. Pickup and dropoff at start and end of the tour can be arranged on request for an extra fee.
Tour guide interests:
Dublin sightseeing tours
Dublin city tours personalized
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