Professional tour guide in Ireland
Young, energetic, but most importantly, knowledgeable and entertaining, Garvan has talked about Dublin city so much that now Dublin city is talking about HIM! Having around 200 tours under his belt, he knows all the main sites and most of the hidden ones ;)
With a degree in Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies, his ...(read more)background is deeply historical, but his personality and style is deeply passionate, engaging, entertaining, funny and high-spirited, with a bit of the theatrical occasionally thrown in for good measure!
So, if you’re planning a trip to Dublin or if you’re here already, just give him a quick email or call and he’ll be delighted to show you about the place. See you in a few hours!
Learning about other cultures and histories.Telling/hearing a great story.Singing.Poetry.Striving for 'The Epic' in life!Music: Nearly every type except what's played on popular radio stations.
My perfect day
Well, let's start with a sunny morning!.... and continue until sunset!
I have traveled to
Britain, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia
English (fluent)French (intermediate)Swedish (basic)
I am currently
Doing tours from Dublin city centre: walking tours, bus tours, helicopter tours (no, not helicopter tours, but I do do a lot of different types of tours!)
Now, this is THE tour for seeing Dublin. If you only do one touristy activity in Dublin, make it the Fantastic Walking Tour of Dublin. We’ll hobble along the cobbles of Temple Bar & Trinity College catching the cadences of Irish accents cascading through the streets. Stand by the River Liffey and tilt your nose to inhale the hops wafting from the Guinness Brewery. Marvel at the fascinating Irish (Gaelic) language. Can you see it with your mind’s eye? In the courtyard of Dublin Castle, our footfalls will echo through the castle’s 800-year history. At the GPO on O’Connell Street, the crowds gathered for the Declaration of Irish Independence & the passions of poets and Irish freedom fighters throughout the centuries were born anew. Can you feel it? On this 3hr walking tour of the city centre, you'll discover the main sites, become immersed in the history, and experience the life, songs and stories of Ireland's capital city. Welcome to Dublin!
On this tour, I'll be showing you the best of what Gothic Dublin has to offer. You'll hear tales of murders, torture, corruption and decay. See the sites and experience the sensations that inspired Bram Stoker. We'll also enter the most haunted site in Dublin! You see, Dublin wasn't always the friendliest capital city in the world. Not so long ago, Dublin was a very hostile settlement; the kind of place where you would hide indoors after dark. Join me as our footfalls grace the alleys and lanes that were frequented by characters whose legends continue to terrify. Experience a different side of Dublin! Not for the faint hearted!
For those lacking in time, but not in enthusiasm! If you fancy yourself as a bit of an Ernest Shackleton, then you'll truly love, this EXPLORATION of Dublin city. We'll do a nice loop of the city centre, taking in every main site (as well as many minor ones)in Dublin. Naturally, we'll pick up some grub along the way and depending on your tastes, habits or appetites, we'll finish in a pub! As well as (nearly) all the sites, I'll inform you of the legacy of Dublin and Ireland, aiming to complete your understanding of Irish history and Irish culture, and, of course, we'll have great 'craic'(fun, laughs) along the way. I take pride in my tours. My goal is to ensure that during the tour, you will acquire a knowledge and wisdom unmatched even by most Irish people, as well as a fascination with the people and the city that can't be simply picked off the street or from a book!!
Overall guest satisfaction
I did this awesome tour with a great guide : Garbhan! He showed us the best attractions in Dublin. The guide was really nice and funny, and he explained in a very good way (simply, completely and with humour) a lot of details which set up the Irish history and the cultural patrimony of Dublin. Then, he brought us for lunch in a great restaurant with discounts for us. And we joined him in a pub the same night, and we had a great talk! So I strongly recommend this tour and this guide cause they are both really awesome!
Our tour guide, Garbhán Ó Ruis, was something special that I would recommend as strongly as possible for any international student tour. In fact, his private tour that we booked was so good that we connected with him a second time to do another tour focused on Irish music and legends as well as some lesser known Dublin monuments. That second tour was the highlight of our activities from my point of view, as everyone came away thrilled with the stories, poetry, and singing. Having been on several dozen tours of various kinds, I can sincerely say that Garbhán was the best guide we’ve had anywhere. He not only knows his history, but his ability to act out key scenes and sing the songs brings so much of the knowledge to life.
If you would like a customised tour, please state your areas of interest and I will get back to you.
Firstly (and probably finally), what you should avoid as a visitor to Dublin city is the area of Temple Bar if you are in search of a good pub. I'm not saying avoid Temple Bar - why would I? It has a great variety of exhibition halls, concert halls, theatres, galleries, not to mention cafés and restaurants - but the pubs are, generally, not authentic Dublin pubs. In fact, even though they're ... (read more)
Now, you’ve probably heard that it rains a lot here. With that in mind, I guess you’ll assume that a simply coat with a hood or an umbrella should suffice to deem the weather powerless against your touring in Dublin and Ireland. Ah, there’s something more important to consider than the risk of getting wet. The cold. Oh, in Ireland it’s cold. Well, that’s what we say, anyway. Ireland’s not an... (read more)