Paul O’Donnell

I am a Failte Ireland approved Local Tour Guide since 2004 and I work mainly in the west of Ireland from Kerry to Sligo where there is so much to do and to see and experience. I am a member of the Association of Approved Tour Guides of Ireland (A.A.T.G.I) with a B.A. in Local History. I have significant expertise in the area of family history and genealogical tourism.

Tracing your Irish ancestors and visiting the ancestral homeplace is the highlight for many visitors  to Ireland and we can take you there in groups or four or less in a fully licensed and insured car.

Customised tours are my speciality but Conemara, Kylemore Abbey and the Killary Fjord are an experience not to be missed.

The Burren, and Cliffs of Moher, are intrinsically part of any tour to the west of Ireland.

Aran Islands – this is a once in a lifetime experience to marvel at the archaeology of Dun Aengus and admire the rugged beauty of the Island.

Galway City is an excellent base for touring east galway and sites like  Coole Park, the celtic art revival decoration of St Brendan’s Cathedral, Loughrea, the pre historic Turoe Stone and the fields of Athenry.

Lets walk through the medieval streets of Galway taking in both the old and the new from St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church to the  Cathedral while soaking up the atmosphere of this university city.

Time and deadlines are not an issue, yes you are in Ireland so relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings and the company of an experienced Galway based tour guide.


Mary Fredrick, United States
May 27/11
We had a great time with Paul despite the nasty weather. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating to us four ladies. It was interesting to get insight on the local geography, history and a bit of the Irish humor. Would do it again.

John Bardes, United States
Jan 1/11
Paul met us exactly as promised. His knowledge was extraordinary. His manner was exceptional. His company was grand. We thorougly enjoyed our day with him. Our brief visit to Galway was made complete by having Paul as our guide.

Bonnie Duman, United States
Sep 18/11
Paul was a fabulous guide! He went out of his way to prepare an itinerary that matched our specific interests. He asked for feedback during the day, so he could give us more or less time at certain sites, according to our wishes. He was very knowledgeable in the history of Ireland & the particular area we toured, as well as the geology of The Burren. He took us to out-of-the-way places that only “locals” would be aware of. Finally, he waited with us at the bus stop, to see us safely on our way to Dublin