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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 travel company aimed at providing a limited number of travellers each year with an opportunity to experience the incredible environment in which Con grew up and to which he shared a powerful connection. The simple origin of the concept arose 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 seemed to leave an indelible glow in the heart of the open souls who came to share this special land in the company of those with a deep love and 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.


Enduring friendships have been a special blessing throughout this time that has seen the company grow just a little, guided by its founding vision and limited by the simple fact that the hidden, authentic aspects of Ireland are a gift never to be developed beyond their capacity.


As Spring 2021 emerges in Ireland, an end is in sight and brighter days lie ahead…


As winter gives way to spring here in Ireland the presence of Covid 19 in our society and around the world of course remains. However, despite lockdowns and restrictions remaining in place, it is likely that some of the hospitality sector of our community will be operating after mid-summer 2021 and once again, Ireland will be the  stay-at-home destination (‘staycation’) for native holiday makers.


International travel is still difficult to predict at this time  – with the possibility of the Fall remaining perhaps, especially for those who may be able to travel at short notice. Beyond this, 2022 looks like the year we are waiting for!


And so, we wish with all our hearts that this time next year, we will once again be welcoming guests; old friends and new ones to explore these largely hidden realms of Ireland we are blessed to call home. After two and a half years, we know that even the rocks will be singing with us!


Stay well and healthy until then. And please feel free to reach to us on any of this, for a chat or with any dreams or plans you’d like to discuss.


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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