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Rodney O
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Sep 2018 • Couples
I'm so glad my wife booked Gene's company Glengarriff's Tours to take us around Western Ireland. Gene was the best guide we could have ever asked for. From making sure we had dinner reservations or offering excellent recommendations on sights to see, Gene was always spot-on. Yes, you could rent a car and see the cliffs or other attractions yourself, but the driver would totally miss out on the seeing the countryside. If you're considering a visit to Ireland, do yourself a favor and give Gene a call!
Written 11 September 2018
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4 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Thank you so much for the wonderful tour. We can't say how much we enjoyed Brian's company / expertise / flexibility and general personality. It was a wonderful luxury and we are so appreciative of our time in Ireland with Brian.

If you are on the fence about booking a driver (as I was), the roads are very challenging in Ireland and the distances are longer than Google Maps suggests. It was so relaxing to know that whatever activity we had, we could enjoy it, have a pint if we desired and know that we'd be relaxing in a comfortable vehicle with plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Plus, Brian helped us find some out of the way sights away from the tour bus route to enjoy. Couldn't recommend higher!!!!
Written 12 June 2018
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Sharon, MA4 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Two of us hired Gene to explore Ireland, mostly west coast, for the first week of May.

When you travel with Gene you can relax and enjoy yourself because you know are in good hands and excellent company. Gene was always working first and foremost to make sure that we were comfortable and doing what we wanted to be doing
on our trip. He and Maya made wonderful hotel and restaurant arrangements for us, catering to our needs as vegans, and he truly went out of his way to help us find information about long lost family, to locate grave sites, etc. And all the while
being such a cheerful and entertaining companion... just being in Gene's company was often all we needed to enjoy ourselves. We were in safe hands as he navigated harrowing traffic in small villages or fog on the narrow roads of west Cork, and we were able to just relax and visit memorable places we'd probably never have found without Gene's help.

I'm very glad I learned about Glengarriff Tours before our trip and that we were able to employ their services. I'd recommend them to anyone.
Written 19 May 2018
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St. Paul3 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We had a wonderful tour with Gene. We were three couples (siblings). Due to time constraints and and trying to accommodate everyone's wishes we saw more of Ireland in 5-6 days than I believed was possible. What a great experience! Gene was knowledgeable and fun. He and his wife, Maya, had the best recommendations for hotels and dining. Both are exceptionally bright and experienced travelers. We saw a variety of things and would not have had the same experience if we were on our own. All six of us would, without a doubt ,contact Gene, if we were fortunate enough to return to Ireland.
Written 7 May 2018
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San Francisco, CA3 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We were able to enjoy the beautiful Irish scenery while Gene drove us in his comfortable and spotless multi passenger vehicle. His recommendations for hotels were delightful and his pub/restaurants recommendations were perfect. I’m so glad we didn’t try to do this trip on our own. Gene was able to teach us so much about his country, from history to flora/fauna and culture. We had a perfect trip.
Written 7 May 2018
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Cleveland, OH62 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Did I say unbelievable? I meant fantastic. After lots of research, I picked Glengarriff Tours, to do our 6 day Mother-Daughter trip to Ireland, I knew I made the right choice, when after the first inquiry Gene called me, and helped me plan the trip. I never looked back. From the moment Gene picked us up in Dublin, everything was perfect. It is hard to plan tours from another continent, but Gene and his wife Maya make it so easy.
There was always bottled water, and moonshine on the bus, making the day full of laughs and fun
Thank you for making the trip so memorable. Everyone needs a Gene in their life
Written 29 April 2018
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2 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Choosing Glengarriff Tours was invaluable. I can't emphasize enough the positive impact it had our our experience of this country.

My dad was planning a once in a lifetime trip for our family, and hired Gene to drive us around Ireland for 5 days. We had never traveled internationally before as a family, and our trip required very customized needs/requests as my dad wanted to show us places and things relating to our specific family's heritage.

Gene seamlessly incorporated all our wishes, while throwing in plenty of surprises and local flavor of his own.

Gene himself is a delight! His stories, clever quips and knowledge of the passing countryside and towns keep you entertained even on the longest stretches of road. Our group included five 20-somethings, and the fact that no one pulled out headphones at any point of the drive is a testament to the fact that we didn't want to miss a minute! With Gene, the joy really is in the journey. He quickly becomes a trusted travel companion and comfortable member of the group, whom we immediately missed when our time with him was complete.

Our trip began in Dublin and we stayed a night in Galway, Doolin, Killarney, and Kinsale - stopping at plenty of other towns and areas of interest along the way. We never felt rushed, as Gene was able to adapt if we wanted more time in a specific place. He constantly checked in on our needs and interests, and made adjustments along the way! It was a rare, truly personalized experience.

In each town, Gene had arranged everything. He had the perfect places to stay varying from adorable B&Bs to plush-yet-personal, small hotels. His restaurant and pub recommendations were outstanding, ensuring that even after he left us each evening, our experience continued to be bar none.

He has friends in practically every town, and spending time with locals at their various establishments was a major part of the fun!

In addition to the above, I strongly believe you simply will not have as good of a trip to Ireland if you try and drive yourself. Why?

a) The transportation - Gene's van is comfortable with plenty of space (we had 8 adults, not including Gene), with large windows and you're riding high up. This means, you can enjoyably see the lovely country and coastline as you're passing, and we got many beautiful photos out of the moving van as we traveled!

b) The dedicated driver - With Gene driving, you are worry free! And everyone gets to enjoy the trip. There's no decision-making on who is going to drive, and no one is staring at GoogleMaps trying to navigate. Again, this means you are free to enjoy the scenery the entire way. The Irish roads were confusing (the roundabouts!) and narrow at times, and having a trusted and knowledgable driver removed 100% of the stress. We never wasted time getting lost, and he was able to alter course at a moment's notice for a bathroom break, or whatever was required.

c) The wealth of knowledge - It truly makes a huge difference when someone who knows the country can point out the significance of what you're seeing. Having Gene to direct your attention along the way made each passing site and town much more meaningful and memorable.

My husband and I planned a short trip to London after Ireland - and we both agreed, no vacation is as much fun without Gene!

Additionally, we had Brian as our driver for the last day of the trip, and he was just as warm, patient, and flexible! Glengarriff Tours very clearly has the highest standards for their drivers, and that quality makes for an unforgettable trip.
Written 11 April 2018
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Atlanta, GA7 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
We just finished a family trip of a lifetime with Gene showing us special parts of Western and Southern Ireland. My wife and I and our adult children and spouses (8 in all) toured from Dublin to Galway, to the Cliffs and Doolin, down to Killarney and Kinsale and finally back to Dublin by way of Cashel. It was a wonderful trip made special by Gene. I would highly recommend using Gene to show you Ireland. He is attentive to your needs, patient, able to make changes on the fly and incredibly knowledgeable. He seems to have friends and contacts everywhere and with his infectious humor and grace I can see why he gets the excellent rating he deserves.

We compared notes with a couple who took a larger bus tour and the experience just didn't compare. Using Gene and the personal touch is definitely the way to go.

Gene we can't Thank you enough,

Tom & Geri Connaughton
Written 9 April 2018
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Julie R
Milwaukee, WI17 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Our group of 8 just returned from a very lovely 10-day trip around Ireland. Gene O’Sullivan of Glengarriff Tours was our driver and guide for four of these days and we were all missing him already the very next day after departing ways! I would recommend to anyone visiting Ireland to hire Glengarriff Tours and Gene O’Sullivan as it is so worth it.
Ireland was a departure from our typical annual beach vacation and no one from our group had been there before, so we decided a private guide/tour would be best for several reasons, including; to drive us safely, to not be on a set schedule and itinerary like that of a tour, and to have the chance to experience Ireland as a local - outside all the tourist spots. We had done day trips with hired drivers before in other European countries so we began searching across the web for something similar in Ireland. We came across several companies and posts that offered these services so we reached out to a few (Glengarriff Tours and Gene were mentioned in several of the posts). Gene responded to my inquiry in less than 24 hours which not only amazed me, but also set the tone going forward. After reviewing all the responses we received and doing some more research, our group all agreed on booking with Glengarriff Tours – several in the group also commented that they hoped Gene would be our guide, lucky us he was!
From our time of booking in September 2017 up to our departure from the states March 2018, both Maya and Gene were great in responding quickly to all our inquiries. We had tentatively decided on Kinsale, Killarney, Galway and Gene provided several great recommendations for accommodations in each location. Other than seeing Dingle and the Cliffs of Moher we left the itinerary to Gene to show us Ireland as he wished. All the sights, the history and information Gene shared, the “local” pubs and restaurants off the tourist path, and the craic along the way made our trip a once-in-a-lifetime memory. Gene took care of us all along the way - making sure we had what we needed, saw what we wanted to see, introducing us to many friends, and a few very special treats …
One in particular at a pub stop along our journey from Kinsale to Killarney , Gene’s friend whose family owned the oldest pub and mill in town came down to meet us. He was so generous inviting us into his home down the street to see pictures of the town and buildings from the Civil war time along with the bullet holes that remain in his family home yet today from the war. Another was Gene searching stores in towns for me for a specific Ireland soccer jersey that my son asked me to bring him home as a souvenir. From experiences like these to delicious Irish coffee in a castle to holding a lamb of our own, Gene really made our trip the best it could have been.
We hope to come back someday soon and will definitely be reaching out to Gene when we do. If you should be so lucky as to hire Gene know that he is an excellent driver in SNOW and be sure to ask him about Maureen O’Hara 😉
Written 30 March 2018
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Honeoye Falls, NY9 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
We had a wonderful 10 day tour with Gene from Glengarriff Tours. From the first contact to plan the trip to seeing us off at the Shannon airport, Gene provided incredible service, courteous care, humor and fun and of course, knowledgeable and safe touring.

We started by providing Gene a list of our interests during our visit and he made excellent suggestions to develop the perfect 10-day itinerary starting in Dublin and finishing in Shannon. We saw much of the country but didn’t feel hurried or exhausted.

His new van was very comfortable for all of us and the large amounts of luggage. He made restaurant reservations and accommodation arrangements for us at each of the 7 towns we stayed in. He always had maps and bottled water for us at hand in the van. While visiting Glengarriff, Gene and his lovely wife Maya warmly welcomed us to their home for a visit.

He was truly a pleasure to spend time with in his homeland of Ireland. We welcome Gene and Maya to visit us in the US so we can show them the same hospitality!
Written 25 February 2018
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