Kevin read History and Anthropology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth between 2002 and 2005. In 2006, he began researching a doctoral thesis on the decline of the Clonbrock estate in County Galway. He was awarded a Ph.D in 2011 and has published and presented on aspects of Irish history since then. He is passionate about history and culture and weaves narratives from the mythology, artefacts, architecture and art of Dublin city and its environs to challenge and stimulate those who would like a little more from a guide. His mission is to take those with inquisitive minds on journeys that will facilitate an understanding of the historical and mythological heritage that have shaped and continue to shape the Ireland of the 21st century.
Jim is a lifelong advocate for organic and artisan food. He says Ireland has a taste, its terroir, to use the language of gastronomy. Jim is an advocate for local, artisan foods and producers. Jim creates a sensory world that is uniquely Irish; he will draw you down into the world of the connoisseur. He tells the story of its people whilst your palate is introduced to the taste of this fertile land. As a tour guide, he loves to engage with people and tailor authentic experiences; he introduces you to Dublin and Ireland as best friends. He will tell a modern contemporary story on his tours drawing in from food, architecture, literary greats and musical legends. His tours are visceral and engaging, he mixes his knowledge as a Failté Ireland qualified guide with a subtle sensory excitement. His very first client in 1999 called him a bard, a storyteller. Come hear his story and get the Celtic spirit. Céad míle fáilte!
Catherine Dowling has always been a voyager, advocate of roads less travelled and an avid seeker of knowledge. With a BA in Philology and Business she speaks four languages fluently - English, French, Spanish and Gaelic. She is a contemporary musician, composer, singer and performer. Her works have been aired on How to get Away with Murder, CSI Miami, The Witches of East End and Alan Ball's production of Banshee. An upcoming project will include original music works on the greatest women in Irish History in both English and Gaelic. She has a deep passion for history with her uncle Daniel Dowling being a local Kilkenny historian and author of numerous highly- acclaimed history books on the Kilkenny and Waterford areas. The birth place of her father is the location of the first Land League meeting in the late 1870's in South Kilkenny and boosts a collection of over 25,000 books. With over 15 years working as a history guide, prepare to be mesmerized by her knowledge, wit and charm as well her ability to bring the human touch to the history of Dublin and Ireland.