Testimonials have been supplied by customers directly, and also transcribed from comments on our TripAdvisor page.
We had Peter as our driver for 5 days and nights. We traveled with our adult kids. There were 6 of us. We were picked up at the Shannon airport and immediately upgraded to a bigger van at no charge. The van was heaven. 12 seats, tables, wifi. Plenty of room to walk around in. Peter was a dream. He took us anywhere and everywhere. We tried to stay out of the big touristy areas but still got to see the beautiful scenic views. He suggested great restaurants, then would get us in the door, find us a table, and usually get us his favorite server. He then would suggest activities based on what we wanted to do and see. At one of our hotels, he booked spa appts for us when we couldn't get appts. He became like part of our family, even teasing and harassing the kids when they did something dumb. He laughed and had as much fun as we did, thoroughly loving his job and his country. Booking the trip with the owner Mike was easy and painless. Mike helped put the itinerary together for me because I didn't have a clue what we needed to see. He stayed in contact with me from the time I booked it until the day before we landed. Super great company to work with and would recommend them to anyone wanting a private driver with a personal touch. Executive Hire was fabulous!!
Our family of four just returned to Dublin after a 7-day tour of Ireland with Patrick. The booking process with Executive Hire and Mike Ryan was very smooth, and we were confident from the beginning that we were in good hands. After seeing Patrick waiting for us in Dublin airport from the moment we got off the plane, we knew we had chosen the best tour guide company. Patrick was the most easygoing, jovial, kindhearted, and experienced driver and tour guide. He became a true friend to our family, and we will highly recommend Patrick and Executive Hire to anyone. We had a basic itinerary laid out from the beginning, but Patrick suggested various towns and sites to see in between. For example, we were just planning on walking through the Killarney National Park, but Patrick suggested that we take a horse jaunting car through the Gap of Dunloe and a boat through the lakes of Killarney. It was the most amazing day, and we wouldn't have known about it if not for Patrick. Additionally, his restaurant and pub recommendations were always wonderful and reliable. We laughed so much with Patrick, and he truly made our vacation completely stress-free. Because of him, we were able to see so much of Ireland that we otherwise would not have. We are already looking forward to our next visit to Ireland, and we will undoubtedly use Executive Hire and request Patrick. We can't say enough about him or the company, there's no other way we would want to do Ireland!
Hello Mike, We returned safely from Ireland yesterday. I am sure my daughters will return to Ireland again. As so many say after traveling to Ireland, "It was a once in a lifetime trip." It is difficult to explain Ireland to those who have not traveled there...the warmth and charm of the people....the beauty of the land. We started off the journey with Vivian from the airport and he was delightful. For most of the trip we were with Liam. He became a member of our family very quickly. We believe he had planted a "tracker system" on us...he could always find us. Liam has to be one of your most treasured drivers..honest, kind and full of Irish blarney! If we talked about wanting to see or do some thing, he tried his best to make it happen. The accommodations at the Merrion and Dromoland Castle were outstanding. The grounds are beautiful at Dromoland, but no one can beat the Merrion. Of course, we had great fun with family as well. The accommodations, the driver, the vehicle...were all ranked as excellent! Thank you so much for your time and efforts. I will be recommending your group to all I know going to Ireland. Thanks so much. Breda Roberts
After contacting about 15 agencies for a private tour, all of whom's prices seemed extremely high, I found Mike Ryan who was enthusiastic about my itinerary & very reasonably priced. Peter Noonan was an exceptional driver & Guide for 6 days from Dublin to Waterford, Killarney, Dingle, Galway & the Connemara Loop. He has great people skills & a knack for figuring out how to tweak the day's travels. He's very patient with whims as well--such as stopping suddenly at sighting Connemara ponies & allowing me ample photo time. I never had to worry about luggage; he also treated me to cappuccino daily. He was in every way the best one could ask of a personal leprechaun--willing to try some back roads and obscure places such as where St. Brendan the Navigator launched his cowhide boat to Newfoundland, and even Inch Beach in wicked weather. I never carried a single package & assure you I did extensive retail therapy for my grandchildren. I ended up mailing 12# back to the US--Peter found a box & bought me tape to mail it! His driving is especially exceptional--doesn't miss a twist or turn in the road; I personally think he'd capture the Grand Prix if he drove it. He's fun, knowledgeable, and dedicated to making your trip to Ireland the best ever! He finds the best restaurants in the little villages; he's also a golfer. He was a wonderful companion--I appreciate he didn't barrage me with nonstop conversation, but allowed space in our time together to just look out on Ireland in silent wonder at its beauty. I thank Mike for assigning Peter to me!
Let me start by saying I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write you a note. Susan, Emily, Delaney, and I had a wonderful trip to Ireland and it was mostly because of you. Your attention and professionalism was unequaled, and I don't believe I've ever seen my girls interact so wonderfully with anyone as quickly as they did with you. Delaney is currently working on a presentation for her fourth grade class and she's including much of the information that you gave to her; including the Irish words and pronunciation of several phrases she learned (except for pog mo thoin...). Thank you very much for everything!!! Tom & Susan Brasselle, Charleston, WV
Executive Hire is a service that took our exciting Ireland adventure to the next level. Michael Ryan created a thoughtful itinerary suitable for different personalities, genders and interests within our large group. Each day surpassed our expectations with their attention to detail, care for logistics, enthusiasm, punctuality, patience, ability to negotiate better deals within tourist attractions and true accommodating services. After spending a week with this company, you will leave Ireland with not just a reliable service provided, but new Irish friends. Executive Hire was an irreplaceable asset to our vacation.
Hello Mike- We successfully made it back to Boston this afternoon (though would prefer to be back in Ireland!). Before life gets hectic I wanted to be sure to drop you a note and let you know how absolutely perfect our trip was!! I would not change one thing if we were to do it again (which we surely will). The itinerary, the accommodations - all were wonderful. Of course Darren made the trip all the more special. He was a wonderful and knowledgable historian, but more importantly a lot of fun! We had many, many laughs along the way. While the beautiful Irish countryside was breath-taking, the historic sights wonderful to see....nothing but nothing could surpass the glowing look on my husband David's face when we found the family farm!!! This was where his grandfather was born and the farm in the family literally for three centuries. Darren helped us find his great, great, great and then some - grandfather's gravesite from 1762!! David making the connection with his Irish relatives was priceless - and we felt like family instantly upon meeting! Thanks again to you and Darren for making our trip so special. We will be back and will certainly call upon you when we return! Fondly, Sarah Laffey, Boston
Mike -- A quick note of thanks for all the efforts setting up our recent trip to Ireland. We thoroughly enjoyed it...and it was nearly perfect from start to finish. Y'all did a great job for us, and we appreciate it. We made a glowing Trip Advisor comment, and will pass on your info to anyone we know who's visiting. And my wife and I hope to return in the coming years, hopefully for a golf outing...and will be contacting y'all when the time comes to see what kind of a trip y'all could put together. A thank you as well for Patrick Conway. What an Irish gentleman. He made our trip all the more memorable. His knowledge of the area, his stories and his gentle good humor made the trip memorable. He is a great representative of your company...he got us where we needed to be on time and took the extra step of walking us to the starting point of whatever we were visiting. In almost all cases, he tried to get us a better deal (and was quite successful at it, too). We were told by one or two places we were at what a great reputation he has as a thorough professional -- which I think goes to you, as well. First class organization, Mike...and Patrick is a great driver/tour guide/man. We also appreciated you stopping by to meet with us when we arrived in Adare. It showed a touch of class for you to take your time to say hello. Rest assured, your customer service spoke volumes from start to finish...and y'all did a great service for us. Thanks a million for the trip of a lifetime... Very Respectfully,
Hi Mike, Just wanted to shoot you a quick email and say thanks again for everything you did to make our trip so great. We truly enjoyed it! I wrote a great review on Trip Advisor. It should be published in the next day or so. Thanks again!