Meet Our Guides

 

Trudy Carmody

Trudy has a love of discovery and has had a passion for sharing these stories since childhood. Her love of storytelling, together with just enough of the history and folklore of this magical place, will make your visit to Laois a unique and special one

Mick Dowling

Mick is our most experienced guide. He has a lifetimes experience guiding groups through the Slieve Bloom Mountains which he knows intimately, and like no one else. He has a huge wealth of local knowledge and can share stories you couldn’t possibly imagine

Elaine Loughman

Elaine has a passion for all things Laois. Coming from a farming background, she has a love of the history, folklore and nature that makes Laois so special. With a deep knowledge of the area, she can help you fall completely in love with this undiscovered county.

Vincent O’Sullivan

Vincent has been guiding groups big and small for many years. He has a love for South Laois in particular the Fitzpatrick (or Mac Giolla Phádraig in Irish) clan and their plights. The myths and legends he can tell you, all of which are true of course, will enthral and fascinate you.

John Oxley

John, our youngest guide, has a great love for the history and folklore of his home county. He has an energy and enthusiasm for sharing his love and knowledge. He will take you off the beaten track to some of Laois’ hidden gems.

Sean Murray

Sean is an archaeologist and local historian. He has a wealth of knowledge on many sites throughout the county. He has given tours for groups and individuals over the last five years. No matter if it’s a well known site or off the beaten track, Sean never fails to provide plenty of stories.

Bianka McDonagh

Bianka can help you create the memories of a life time. A native German speaker, she is based in the neighbouring county of Carlow. She can show you not only this particular county, but with her 10 years experience, can help you explore many hidden gems through the entire Emerald Isle.

Roghan Headen

Roghan has love of his native counties history and culture, especially its sport. He is passionate about what the county has to offer particularly places like Timahoe Round Tower, Emo Court, Rock of Dunamase and Heywood Gardens. His personal motto is ‘arrive as a guest, leave as a friend’.

Richard Reid

Richard has a varied background as an archaeologist, a researcher and part time viking. He has a passion for history and the stories that have grown through it. He constantly tries to bring a unique perspective to the stories by challenging and exploring them.