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A brief background…


Con Moriarty’s Hidden Ireland Tours began back in 1986 when Marion “Binky” Oswalt from the US and Con Moriarty from Ireland founded a small travel company aimed at providing discerning travellers with an opportunity to experience the rich, cultural, spiritual and natural environment in which Con grew up. The origin of the business arose simply out of Binky’s own experience in Ireland, something she wished others to know.


From its outset that experience was found to be a great deal of fun for those who came to know a hidden Ireland that left a glow in the hearts of those who came to share this special land in the company of people with a deep connection to this space. Guests played and laughed and learned before returning home as friends, with many returning again and again and whispering of this hidden Ireland to others.


As we quietly celebrate our 35th birthday, we are deeply grateful for the friendships that have been the special blessing of our journey. Along the way, our company grown just a little, guided by its founding vision and limited by the simple fact that the hidden Ireland is a rare gift to us all.


STOP PRESS: June 2021; Ireland re-opens to the domestic market – with all non-essential travel resuming July 19th 2021


As we embrace the brightness of June (with almost 17 hours of daylight), Ireland is emerging from its lockdown;  from July 19th next, we will once again welcome international guests to our shores.


With Ireland now adopting the European Union-wide Covid 19 certificate aimed at allowing citizens move freely throughout the bloc from this date, the same scheme will broadly apply to visitors from the US and the UK allowing people who have received a vaccine, have a negative PCR test or are immune after recovering from Covid – to travel freely within the EU.


All of this means  that for those who wish it will be possible to holiday in Ireland this summer! As the functioning details of the certificate (’covid passport’) are still being worked out, the Fall of 2021 is now likely to see some overseas visitors here while others are content to wait until 2022.


For us personally, it has been a long time since October 2019 when we last shared Ireland with guests. Now however as we prepare to explore again the hidden realms of this place we are blessed to call home, with old and new friends, our hearts – and even the rocks around feel like singing!


For, with warm wishes, tabhair aire/take care


From all at Hidden Ireland Tours


By Seamus Heaney


And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightning of a flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park and capture it
More thoroughly.
You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.



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