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The Hidden Ireland Tours with Con Moriarty is a travel company made up of men and women with a deep vocation for sharing their extraordinary knowledge and dedication to service with travellers to the Emerald Isle.
The concept behind the Hidden Ireland Tours grew out of a close friendship between Irish guide, Con Moriarty and American tour operator, Binky Oswalt who co-founded the company in 1989. Since then Binky has been the first port-of-call for many discerning travellers. In response, her professionalism – and love of Ireland has yielded countless one-off itineraries for each guest.
In Ireland, Con leads a team of passionate guides who simply love what they do and with whom sharing Ireland is a truly extraordinary experience.
Con Moriarty has spent his life learning and exploring among the incredible natural and cultural landscapes of Ireland. Growing up in the Gap of Dunloe, a wild place located in the heart of County Kerry in the South West of Ireland, the powerful landscapes of his birthplace provided a powerful inspiration and curiosity to him from childhood. It is a region of rugged mountains and wild coastlines, lake-valleys and ancient woodlands, islands and fertile plains, a place where the power of Nature is evident everywhere – overlaid with one of the richest stories of human history in the world.
As a guide for over thirty years, Con has been blessed with the joy that sharing his passion for this place brings. His incredible knowledge of Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage, combined with his vision and world view provides guests with a rare opportunity to experience Ireland.
Describing himself merely as a conduit for the connection people feel to Ireland with him, his ability to connect with people on their journeys is incomparable and has earned him a distinct reputation in his profession as well as friends around the world.
Con Moriarty is the principle in Hidden Ireland Tours, founded by him 1989 along with it’s associate, Hidden Ireland Adventures.
Ann Curran is a native of Dingle, County Kerry where she still lives when not travelling the world or guiding. Early careers in banking and real estate gave way some fifteen years ago for Ann into what she describes as, “simply the best job of anyone I have ever met!” In that time she has gained a distinguished reputation for her personalised care and attention to guests as she shares with them the beauty and personality of her native land. Passionate about Ireland and widely knowledgeable of it’s nature, history, politics, economics, music, arts… and fine food, Ann ensures that everyone who spends time with her leaves Ireland with a strong sense of it’s culture and people. She is an outstanding guide with a unique ability of caring for people and ensuring they have FUN!
Binky Oswalt grew up in Mobile, Alabama. Ancestral links with Ireland and a career in travel, allowed her the opportunity to connect with the Emerald Isle.
For over two decades, Binky has provided the first connection for discerning travellers from around the world who want to know our Ireland. Binky’s passion for her work results in incredible attention that ensures a most memorable experience for those lucky enough to know the “hidden” Ireland.
After meeting Con on a walking tour in 1989, they founded The Hidden Ireland Tours.
Muiris “Mossie” Scanlon grew up between the sacred Mount Brandon and the ocean in the heart of the Dingle Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region). After a brief career in the Irish Naval Service, he spent time working and living in England before settling in Australia where he worked and raised his family. A co-founder of the Irish Language Association of Australia, he is a respected Irish language enthusiast and promoter as well as an author and singer. Mossie gifts a unique cultural wealth to those who share a Hidden Ireland Tour with him.
Michael Gibbons hails from Clifden, in the heart of the region known as Connemara. He is one of Ireland’s best known archaeologists and historians with a distinctive reputation for his lively presentations that have commanded the attention of television and radio audiences (RTE, BBC, CNN, Sky) and at locations throughout the world such as the Smithsonian Institute and Harvard University. He is an outstanding raconteur, who’s knowledge and passion for subjects resonates with all those lucky enough to be his guest.
Awesome landscapes, incredible people, amazing food….the music and the light!”
- Ben Whittaker, Oregon USA
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