Thursday, December 17, 2009

How to Save Dollars on Your Private Guided Tour of Ireland




In the current economic climate we are mindful that every dollar counts and a private guided tour is a luxury service. We would like to offer our tips on how to save some $$$ on your tour of Ireland.



1. Book Early - Book Your flights well in advance and sign up to the airlines newsletter so you will be informed of the best deals when they are available.



2.Travel Out Of Season - March , April and October are beautiful months in Ireland and the least expensive months to travel.



3. Don't Pay Unnecessary Fees - We will advise on the best way to avoid fees to middlemen and credit card companies.



4. Mix it Up - We offer many ways to enjoy Ireland without an expensive price tag. You still get the personal service but not the price. This includes staying at B&B's, using trains and sometimes public tours work well in certain places like Dublin.



5. Book with Us - We are committed to giving honest value for money. We are not a big company with corporate structures. This means we are very flexible to your budget requirements. Also by using our offers on the left you can save more and get more bang for your buck.

Christmas & New Year Private Tour of Ireland - 2009


We have the most luxurious customized itinerary with the finest 5 Star hotels in Ireland.Our tour will your most special ever festive season !!! It is a tour of all five star hotels including the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, hayfield Manor in Cork, Sheen Falls in Kenmare and Ashford Castle in Connemara where you will spend the New Year.

Check out the Sample Tour Here !!

Now Thats What I would Call a Wonderful Christmas Tour of Ireland

Shane Leahy

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Testimonials from 2009

 
We recieved over 100 testimonials from our tours in 2009. Many of these are posted on our website on http://www.irelandchauffeurtravel.com/testimonials.php We recieved many more by letter, card, postcard, gift and personal invitation. We visited a number of our past clients on our trip to Florida this year and many are amazed that we still remember them five years later. Personally i remember each tour as each tour is always unique, different and interesting. Each group brings its own dynamics which makes it more interesting and memorable and of course each route is different as each is personalized per group requirements. The group in this photo are the Michalisins, Flahertys and Gagliardis from New Jersey. I am sure if I ever make it to New Jersey we will have a coffee on the famous New Jersey shore and remember fondly the summer in Ireland ( thats an oxymoron by the way , we dont get summer in Ireland , at least not one like they get in New Jersey). Shane
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Road Less Travelled - A Photograph Companion

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

Robert Frost
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Private Chauffeur Tours of Ireland in 2010


We are currently working on new and exciting tours of Ireland for the 2010 season. We have lots of great touring ideas to make 2010 the most exciting year ever to visit Ireland. For example we are incorporating lots of new and interesting destinations such as The Beara Peninsula, we have new restaurants and hideaways we are looking forward to showing you as well as the old favorites. What really makes Ireland a special place to visit is the diversity of landscapes, the warm nature of the people and the wonderful range of food and accommodations that can be experienced in a relatively short period of time. Year after year Ireland is among the top destinations in the world to visit and we are sure that 2010 will be another vintage year for those visiting the Emerald Isle. Contact us today on 1800 329 9138 to discuss your special touring itinerary.
Shane Leahy

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Our Thansgiving Newsletter




See our Thanksgiving Newsletter on the following link
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Donkey Suckling an Orange

This is probably one of my favourite photograph from the summer that I took. I was on the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry in September hiking with a small group and we came across a field of Donkeys. There was about six in all and the one in the photograph took a particular interest in us. I usually carry an apple for the random beasts i encounter when walking .. unfortunately when i searched my bag all i could find was a solitary orange. I didnt really think the donkey would go for it being all hard on the outside and difficult to peel but i was wrong. He got his big chops into it and bit hard until the juice was flowing freely on his big teeth and all over the grass canvas below. In moments he had consumed the fruit, skin, peels, juice and pips ... The funny part was the obvious enjoyment he was getting from having something sooo sweet to suck on .. a big change from his regular diet of poor quality island grass ... his fellow donkeys surely missed out .. so the next time you see a donkey in a field .. sure you know what to give them to produce a sweet smiling photo opportunity !!!! Shane Leahy
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

10 Best Places to See in Ireland in 2010


Here are the 10 Top naturally beautiful places to visit on your Private Guided Tour of Ireland in 2010. Most of these places are on or near areas that are "more famous"... however these places are all strikingly beautiful and almost untouched. I emphasise on a Private Guided Tour of Ireland as some of these places are hard to find and you really will need an expert driver guide to find, enjoy and appreciate these naturally beautiful and untouched places in full.

10. Achill Island & Atlantic Drive, Co Mayo. - Achill is Irelands most accessible island with stunning views and pirate legends.
9. Sally Gap Drive - Co. Wicklow. - Built by the British to uncover Irish rebels in Hiding this is great high mountain scenery.
8. KnockmealDown Mountains - Co. Tipperary - Unspoilt scenic drives with rhodedandron forests and pristine lakes.
7. Kilkenny Craft Trail, Co Kilkenny. - Pottery, leather, woodwork, stained glass, all very high quality and very assessible.
6. The Mourne Mountains, Co. Down - An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, see the mountains fall to the sea ...
5. MullaghMore, the Burren Region, West Clare - A Hidden gem this is a honeycomb mountain with wild flowers galore.
4. CarrowKeel & CarrowMore , Co. Sligo - Perhaps the most significant neoglithic cemetary in Europe .. and amazing views.
3. Antrim Glens & Causeway Coast Co. Antrim - Coastal scenery doesnt get better than this .. magnificant driving terrain.
2. Slieve League - West Donegal - Highest sea cliffs in Europe, quaint villages, Irelands most rural and rugged landscape.
1. Beara Peninsula - West Cork - Perfect for touring with breathtaking vistas and charming villages. Healy Pass is awesome.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Recess !! Wheres Recess Gone !!

This wonderful piece of mock- art shows that the Irish still have a sense of humour during the challeging times of our economic meltdown. I took this photo while driving through Connemara. Of course the sign is for a wonderful little one horse village called "Recess" but some fanciful artist added an "ion" to it and it becomes an icon to the dreaded R word .. well at least we can laugh about our predicament and no matter what anybody says its not as bad as the last one .. we can still put turf on the fire and afford the odd latte ( which didnt even exist the last time around) .. so the best way to beat the recession is to laugh in the face of it !!!!! shane
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Mauerfall 2009

We were lucky enough to visit Berlin at a very special time, the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Wall on November 09th 2009. This is one of many photos I took of the dominoes that they lined up on the location of the Wall in the city centre. At around 8pm local time the dominoes began to fall which was extaordinary to watch. I was lucky to be invited to a party in the Marriot Hotel so I got a birds eye view of the falling dominoes. An experience I will not forget. Check out all the videos on You Tube .. it was quite magical !!!!
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Limited time to See Ireland ?? Try one of our Customized Short Tours of Ireland


Ireland Chauffeur Travel Short Tour of Ireland packs in the very best highlights of the Emerald Isle in the limited time you have at your disposal. All our tours are fully customized and below is just a flavour of what we can accomplish in a short period of time. On our tour you will see a mixture of ancient and modern sights as well as natural beauty and wonders as well as our finest National Parks. Our tour begins in Dublin taking the very best of the Capital including Trinity College & the Book of Kells, Phoenix Park, Guinness Brewery & the City Centre. We travel to Wicklow Mountains National Park, Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel. Onwards to Killarney and the immortal Lakes of Killarney incorporating Muckross House & Torc Waterfall and mountains. North to Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most spectacular natural wonder and the surrounding Burren Region. From West Clare we travel north to Galway City, Ireland's most cultural city and finally returning to Dublin taking in Clonmacnoise Monastic City and the spectacular rivers, lakes and bogs of the midlands. On the tour you will see Castles, monasteries, cathedrals, churches, and landmarks from Irelands unique and chequered past. For a sample tour see the following http://www.irelandchauffeurtravel.com/Short_Tour_Of_Ireland.pdf

Friday, October 30, 2009

Christmas & New Years in Ireland 2009 - We have the most luxurious customized itinerary with the finest 5 Star hotels in Ireland.Our tour will your most special ever festive season !!! Call or e-mail us for your quotation. http://ping.fm/el64a

Recommended Reading For Your Tour of Ireland

Q– Which Travel Guidebooks & General Reading Books do you recommend we read in preparation for our visit to Ireland?
A– A good book will always deliver a sense of place or deepen the pool of knowledge before, during or after a visit. Luckily for our visitors you will have an up to date living guide book in your Ireland Chauffeur Travel Driver Guide. We do recommend bringing one supplementary guide for your own reference. The guide we recommend the Most is the Eyewitness Guide to Ireland as it is very pictorial and can bring attractions to life by viewing the graphic maps and 3d interiors. For a great historical guide to Ireland we recommend Jonathon Bardons "History of Ireland in 250 Episodes". This amazing guide can also be purchased on I Tunes in audio format. For modern day economic and socio political information on Ireland we highly recommend the books of David Mc Williams including "The Popes Children". Mc Williams is a respected economist in Ireland and his books are insightful and entertaining. From a literature perspective there are so many great authors from James Joyce, Wb Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Flann O Brien, GB Shaw, Dean Swift to mention a few that its hard to make recommendations. Modern day authors include John Banville, Colm Tobin and Maeve Binchy.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We are now live on skype ireland.chauffeur.travel or call us on 1800 329 9138 for free .. we look forward to your call !!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

New Logo, New Website, New Tours


Hi All .. now that the 2009 season is slowing down we are busy in the offices at Ireland Chauffeur Travel preparing for 2010. We are currently working on a new and disctinctive logo for our business which refects the dynamic nature of our tours. We are also developing a new and more interactive website which will have more social media interaction and much better display of the tours we offer. Thsi should be live before the end of 2009 .... we will be updating our tours for 2010 with better rates from our hotels and new information based on all we have learned this year touring arounf the emerald isle ... it has been a wonderful season .. soooo busy .. its nice to now focus inwardly and get all that information onto the wonderful world wide web .. watch this space....

Friday, October 9, 2009

When is the best time of year to Visit Ireland ?

FAQs: "Every season has its charms and advantages as well as disadvantages for visiting Ireland. Spring is a nice time to come as it is not too busy and the weather is generally very mild and lots of flowers coming into bloom. Summer is peak tourist season and the hotels are more expensive but the weather is better and there are more people around which can be fun. Autumn is also popular as the weather can be nice and its less expensive, this is a good time to golf in Ireland as it is very mild and settled. Winter is often cold and wet but this can be a lovely time to come as there is a cozy atmosphere in the pubs and restaurants so its very welcoming. Also you will have all the countryside to yourself" - Shane Leahy

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Limerick for Shane

"There was a young man from Dublin
Who organized this tour without mumblin’
He took six chicks from the Canadian sticks
And listened to their jokes without grumblin’!"

From The Canadian Chicks from Vancover who travelled in late August 2009.

A Bog Load of Peat in Connemara National Park

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Testimonials from Happy Travellers

Dear Readers,

We get many fine feedback letters from clients. This one is particularly good. Please enjoy the Limericks.

We had a ball! Thanks to you and Kevin! Our trip to Ireland was a most special time for all of us! We have so many special memories of the beautiful scenery, the breath-taking views at the cliffs of Mohr, the rocky shores of the Burren, the green landscape of the Conemarra, tea at Ashford Castle, Farney Castle and sweater buying, the marvelous horses at the National Stud, the Rock of Cashel, stomping thru the sheep pasture to see the stone ring, sky road, and sooo sooo much more! We won't soon forget!

We loved our personalized itinerary, all the tiny roads and Kevin the most excellent rain dodger! We learned so much about the history, peoples and customs of Ireland! Kevin was the perfect guide!

In fact, we wrote a limerick for Kevin:
There was a fine man from Cashel
Who knew how to drive so well
He took them to pubs
He showed them the studs
Five women fell under his spell!!

Thank you all so much!!!

The girls.....Rosie, Annie, Ellie, Heather and Chrissie


Rosie is so elloquent; she has said it all so well, but of course I will add a wee bit:
Dear Kevin,
From the leprachan on a country lane to the ocean breeze on the cliffs of Mohr the enchantment and beauty of Ireland are forever etched into my being. For this I thank you,
Annie
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter from Ireland Chauffeur Travel




Wishing You & Your Loved Ones
A Wonderful Easter Break from Ireland



Below are Five “Great” Reasons to choose Ireland Chauffeur Travel as your Custom Tour Provider in Ireland.

1. Best Deals on Hotels & Activity - We constantly have Special Offers which are imaginative and unique. The unique offers are possible due to our special relationship with our suppliers which we have carefully built up over the years. We are in a unique position to offer complimentary upgrades and the "best available rooms" at Irelands best loved hotels & castles.



2. Irelands Finest Customized Itineraries - All our itineraries are tailor made to your exact requirements. We listen to your needs and then create a custom tour that matches those needs. If you need changes we go back to the drawing board until we have a tour that is tailor made. No Other Tour Operator customizes like we do. Click Here to Request a Customized Proposal.

3. Professional Irish Driver Guides - Our guides are the very best in Ireland. We have expert guides that specialize in all areas of interest from links golf, to genealogy, history to heritage. We even have specialists on pubs, gourmet dining, gardens, music & shopping. We are based in Ireland and spend the season travelling and touring so we are constantly upgrading and learning new things which we are always happy to share. Our office is brimming with "up to date" information that could fill a guide book. In fact we like to think of our driver guides as “living” guide books. Meet some of our expert Irish driver guides on this link.



4. Gourmet Dining & Pubs in Ireland- We love dining in all sorts of places in Ireland. It is one of the great pleasures of touring in Ireland from a seafood chowder at a local pub, oysters in a thatched cottage, Irish Stew by the fire in a local pub, gourmet retreats and hard to find specialist places are our specialty and again we love to share ... that’s what makes Ireland fun...Do you know where to get the best Guinness in Connemara, we will be happy to show you when you get there !!!!



5. Satisfaction Guaranteed- We receive great feedback and testimonials from our Private Tours of Ireland. We put it down to exceptional professional service, exceeding Your expectations and having a genuine interest in making your trip the best tour ever. That’s why we are always ready to talk and e-mail. We'd love to hear from you soon. See our testimonials page for feedback from over 100 happy clients...
Call Us Today to discuss Your Unique Tour of Ireland TollFree: 1 800 329 9138
Slan Go Foill
(Gaelic for “Bye for Now”)
ALL The Team @ Ireland Chauffeur Travel.
P.S - If you would like a complimenary eight minute Travel DVD on Ireland please let us know and we will put one in the post for you. It is a high quality production by the Tourist Board and has no advertising but it does have some great scenes of Ireland and some great travel ideas. Consider it an Easter Present. - Shane

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ireland Chauffeur Travel - Whats On in March & April in Ireland

The month ahead is filled with a wide variety of events around the country - St. Patrick's Day is next week (17th March) and Easter is only a few weeks later - to read about these and other events that are coming up in March and beyond click here, we have also given a selection of what's on below:
St. Patrick's Festival Dublin12th-17th March - DublinSt. Patrick's Festival is now by far the biggest annual event in the country providing entertainment for all interests and ages.
St. Patrick's Spring Fest & International Band Festival12th-17th March - Limerick CityLimerick plays host to the St. Patrick’s Spring Fest and Limerick International Band Festival with something for all the family.
Clare Drama Festival26th March - 4th April - Scariff Co ClareOne of the many drama festivals of full length plays that take place in various cities, towns and villages throughout Ireland at this time of year.
Clifden Heritage Railway Weekend27th - 29th March - Clifden, Connemara, Co GalwayClifden Heritage Railway Weekend celebrates one of the great lost railways of Ireland.
Galway Comedy Festival9th-13th April - Galway CityComedy Show taking place in Galway City over Easter.
Easter Walking Festival10th-13th April - Glenbeigh Co KerryDiscover the beauty of Kerry in late Spring, on some of the best walks and climbs in the country, in the company of experienced local guides.
Easter Egg Hunts11th-13th April - Athlone Co RoscommonAll the family can take part in fun Easter Egg Hunts on Glendeer Open Farm over the Easter weekend

Sunday, March 1, 2009

New Addittion to the Ireland Chauffeur Travel Team


Orla Kelly, our Sales and Marketing Manager is now the proud mother to Patrick Junior who was born last Wednesday morning at 00.35 am. Weighing in at nearly 10 pounds there is already hope that he wil be a future rugby player for Ireland.

Patrick Junior is the third eldest male in the Kelly family to keep the name and he will undoubtbaly make a great farmer in time.

This picture is taken on his third day in Waterford.

Well Done Orla, Paddy and Patrick Junior.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Recession Has some Possitive Effects on Irish Tourism.

The global recession has hit Ireland as much as anywhere else and the tourism industry are affected as badly as other industries. The big changes to expect in Ireland in 209 are the following.

1. Better rates in Hotels. Particularly five star hotels. Luxury Manor and Castles have dropped rate by as much as 40%. This brings them in line with 4 Star Hotel rates.
2. Less traffic on the small Irish roads. This is great particularly in the honey pots of Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula and Burren Region.
3. The locals are going back t the pubs. Believe it or not the recession has increased beer sales. Diageo who owns Guinness reported a 2% increase in beer sales in the last quarter of 2008.
4. Sales, Sales, Sales... everything from crystal, linen, woolens, ceramics, art and crafts are at unbeatable prices at the moment... it’s a good time to stock up on Irish goods.
5. Increased Competition - This means better quality and lower prices all round... the better the competition the better the quality so that’s a bonus too!!!!

We don’t want the recession to last forever but it does have some benefits to the visitor to Ireland.. and of course . The more people that come the sooner it ends for all of us.. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

We recommend the following for those looking for value in Ireland in 2009.

1. Stay at a 5 Star Hotel like Ashford Castle - Its once in a lifetime and great value at the moment.
2. Buy Water ford Crystal - This famous Irish brand may be joining the dinosaurs in extinction.
3. Enjoy a Guinness with the locals .. the Irish like to sing when things get bad !!!
4. Eat Well - People are returning to locally produced and home cooked food so expect lots of potatoes and butter
5. Make sure you use the expertise of Ireland Chauffeur Travel, Irelands leading driver guided travel service.

Shane Leahy

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Early Birds are Flying to Ireland in 2009


Ireland Chauffeur Travel looks forward to being your Tour Host in Ireland in 2009. From the moment you arrive on Irish Soil to the moment you leave all your arrangements will be taken care of by our wonderful award winning travel service. All you need to do is take the first step. We would like to present you with our Five Great Reasons to travel to Ireland in 2009.


1. "Our Tour Rates are lower than in 2008" - With lower fuel prices, competition in hotels, reduced visitor number and a slow down in inflation have all brought the price of travel to Ireland down. This makes NOW a great time to get great value on a trip to Ireland.


2. We are offering Complimentary Upgrades at Our Top Hotels in Ireland including The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork City, Harveys Point Hotel in Donegal & Glin Castle Hotel in Co Limerick. Just think of rooms with Four Poster Beds, Stunning Lake Views or in the Main Castle with a Victorian Bath and you begin to get a rosy picture. Just ask us where You would like your complimentary upgrade and we will do the rest.


3. Aer Lingus Have a Seat Sale on !! You can book Spring Flights Today from $199 each way and Summer Flights from $249 each way from Major Airports in USA. Visit Aer Lingus Website , Talk to Our Office Or Your Trusted Local Travel Agent for more information. Aer Lingus currently has Direct flights to Ireland from Boston, New York, Washington, Orlando, San Francisco and Chicago. There are indirect flights from over 100 more cities in North America & Canada.


4. We are offering Heritage Ireland Entrance Cards for All our Heritage & Premium Touring Clients in 2009. These cards allow free access to over "100 of Irelands Top Attractions" including world famous visitor attractions that feature on All of our Heritage Tours. They range from Castles, National Parks, Historic Prisons, Victorian Manor Houses, Ancient Monastic Sights & Mysterious Neolithic Monuments. Among the highlights are Kilkenny Castle, Newgrange, Kilmainham Jail, Muckross House & Gardens & The Rock of Cashel ( Pictured below) . For more information please check out our Special Offers section on our website.


5. Ireland is now officially "The Worlds Friendliest Travel Destination" as voted by prestigious Lonely Travel - Bluelist - The Best in World Travel Guide 2008. Thanks !!! To all our fellow Irishmen and Irishwomen for making Ireland such a great country to visit over the last 100 years and making our job so much easier !!!! (We choose only the friendliest hotels with the friendliest personnel on our tours of Ireland).

Call us Today Toll Free on 1-800 329 9138 or drop us a quick E-mail to further discuss your forthcoming Private Tour of Ireland. We are always happy to modify and update your Tour Proposal to meet with your exact requirements. After all we are Irelands Customized Touring Specialists.


We really look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Short Tours of Ireland in 2009

Sometimes you only have a few days to cram in the best of Ireland and you want to see as much as possible in the shortest possible time. We can make it happen for you ... ruthlessly ticking off the items on your wish list with the expertise of master craftsman at work.

Among the "You cant possibly miss this" Highlights of Ireland worth considering for a raid and grab tour of Ireland not seen since the days of the Vikings are :
The highlights of Dublin and Surrounding Areas- Trinity, Guinness and St Patricks Cathedral
The Wicklow Mountains incorporating Glendalough and Powerscourt ( From Dublin)
Kilkenny Medieval City & Castle/ Graignamanagh / Inistoige / Nicholas Mosse Pottery
The Rock of Cashel / Swiss Cottgage and Cahir Castle ( From Cork or Shannon)
The Ring of Cork Including Blarney, Cobh Heritage Centre, Middleton and Kinsale
Waterford Crystal Factory, Dunmore East, Lismore heritage Town and Ardmore.
The Ring of Kerry Tour - Muckross, Molls Gap, Sneem, Gap of Dunloe and Kenmare
West Clare Tour of Cliffs of Moher, Ailwee Caves and the Burren. (From Shannon)
Galway City, Connemara coastal drive and Kylemore Abbey. (From Galway)
Newgrange , Hill of Tara and Boyne Valley Drive. (From Dublin)

Call us on 1 800 329 9138 or e-mail us on info@irelandchauffeurtravel.com and we will do the rest ... the last thing you need on a short tour si to worry about which side of the road to drive on .. let us look after you in style, while you enjoy the Emerald Isle.

Shane Leahy ...

Irish Village Embraces Obama as One of Their Own.


PREPARATIONS ARE under way for a big US election night party in the tiny village where Barack Obama can trace his Irish roots.
"Welcome to Obama Country" read two billboards on either side of Moneygall, Co Offaly, which is now hoping for its first US presidential visit.
"We're hopeful that, come Wednesday morning, Brian Cowen will be congratulating US president-elect Barack Obama and inviting him to the town of his ancestors," said local Church of Ireland canon Stephen Neill.
Historians have unearthed records showing Obama's maternal ancestors lived, worked, married and had children in the Moneygall area more than 150 years ago.
Fulmuth Kearney, who is Obama's third great-grandfather, left Moneygall for New York in 1850 to eventually settle in Ohio.
"We've never seen such an interest in any election here ever before," said Henry Healy, who claims to be a distant relation of Hawaiian-born Mr Obama.
Mr Healy, whose family has been in Moneygall since 1750, has traced his family tree to meet the Kearney Obama dynasty.
"In 1760 a Joseph Kearney of the parish of Moneygall married a Sarah Healy also of the parish," he said. "Sarah and Joseph are great-grandparents to Fulmuth Kearney who was Barack's last link to Ireland," said Mr Healy.
Residents of Moneygall, on the N7 Limerick road, are gearing up for a US election party in Ollie Hayes's Bar in the town tomorrow night.
"There's a huge amount of excitement in the area now that election week is finally upon us," said Canon Neill.
"We have Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys playing their song There's No One as Irish as Barack Obama and we hope to be celebrating with early indications from the US as the night unfolds," said Canon Neill.
"Mr Obama said he'll visit the 'little village' in Ireland that has adopted him, so we hope to be able to roll out the red carpet as soon as all the votes are in."

- This article Appeared in the Irish Times.

PS - If anybody wishes to visit Obama Country on an Ireland Chauffeur Travel Tour we will be happy to oblige. We also have Ronald Reagan Country in Ballyporeen, Tipperary ( where we are from) if Republicans wish to visit a Presidents homeland in Ireland.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ireland Chauffeur Travel - Driver Guides

I wll be writing a Biography of all of our driver guides in Ireland soon. This is what to expect from a great driver and tour guide in Ireland whn you use Ireland Chauffeur Travel.
Ireland Chauffeur Travel Driver Guides
1. A knowledgeable, well groomed, mannerly and friendly driver who knows his way around Ireland taking you to the highlights as well as hidden unexplored gems known only to the experts.
2. Expertise and information on the best and most interesting place to stay, eat, drink and shop throughout your stay in Ireland.
3. An interesting and informed commentary on Ireland from multiple facts including historic, social, economic and religious / spiritual perspective.
4. Research and provide information you seek on genealogy, places of interest, unique interests and hobbies.
5. A consultant for your entire tour as well as a booking liaison for your restaurants, activities, excursions and special events such as festivals and race meetings.

We look forward to your visit to Ireland and showing you a wonderful time around the Emerald Isle.

Small Group Tours of Ireland 2009

Small Group Tours of Ireland 2009

For Small Group Tours of Ireland we take all the stress out of the logistics of group travel using our expert transport, travel and accommodation management service.

We take care of all land arrangements including all transfers, transportation, accommodation, activities, entertainment, day tours, and individual activities such as golf and group events. We arrange specialist transportation with driver guides for your small group tour of Ireland. We use Mercedes Sprinter Minibus for groups of eight to twelve and Mercedes Riada Minicoach for groups larger than twelve.

We only use driver /guides with expertise in group dynamics and if you would like a tour driver and touring guide we can arrange this also.

We use our knowledge and expertise to arrange suitable accommodations for small groups considering the following
Hotels that have adequate room and facility capacity for small group requirements.
Centrally located so individual group members can choose different activities.
Different room types and sizes for various group requirements.
Hotels that cater for specialist activities and requests such as special events and music nights.
Hotels that offer rate reductions and complimentary upgrades for group travelers.


We will be happy to help you to Customize Your Ireland Group Travel Arrangements for Ireland. If you already have an outline of your tour we will be happy to work with you. Call us on 1 800 329 9138 E-mail us info@irelandchauffeurtravel.com for a sample tour and quotation based on YOUR Requirements and preferences.

For a Price Guide Please Click Here