Testimonials

Testimonials for Private Luxury and Golf Tours Ireland

Testimonials have been supplied by customers directly, and also transcribed from comments on our TripAdvisor page.

Thank you for making a lovely journey even more memorable

Dear Adrian,   Just a quick note to thank you, again for making a lovely journey even more memorable.  You were a most knowledgeable and charming companion, witty, fun and always professional,  We only hope someday you will be in the Philadelphia area and we can repay, in some small way, your kindness.
Luisa & Gerry Hogan, Philadelphia

We LOVED our driver Patrick!

He was kind, knowledgeable, patient, thoughtful and fun. No request was too great for him. We made a friend whom we will never forget. Thanks so much for putting us with him. We recommend him completely!!
Robin and Tom Roberts. Roanoke, Virginia.

We have done many tours in other countries like the one we did in Ireland. This was the best.

Hi Mike: I can’t say enough about our Executive Hire tour and tour guide Patrick Conway.  We were planning on driving ourselves around Ireland.  It may not have been such a good idea given we come from California (different driving side of road), but we were going to try anyway.  When we first arrived in Ireland, we decided to take a one day tour before renting a car for the rest of the week.  That’s when we hired Executive Hire and the driver you sent us, Patrick Conway.  Patrick was courteous, knowledgeable, patient, a great and safe driver, and most of all, fun.  We had such a great experience with him, we arranged to have him take us around Ireland the rest of the tour and not drive ourselves.  Executive Hire and Patrick even helped us change some of our trip to sights we would have missed and that were better suited to our wants and preferences.  Everything Patrick and Executive Hire did was flawless.  We learned so much about the history of the country and  the Irish people from Patrick that you cannot get from tour books. We felt like Patrick was a friend.  We joked, poked fun at each other.  We were never rushed.  We even changed plans in route.  Nothing but positive vibes and help from Patrick. There is so much to beauty see in Ireland.  We only scratched the surface.  And the greatest resource in Ireland is its people.  You will never find a more friendly, fun loving and passionate about their country people than the Irish.  Patrick and Executive Hire lets you see it all first hand.  We will be back and tour again with Executive Hire.  There are two things to avoid in Ireland: driving yourself and a large tour bus.  Driving yourself will be stressful and you will not here from a local about the important things a local knows.  With a tour bus, you will see half of what you will see and experience with Executive Hire. We have done many tours in other countries like the one we did in Ireland.  This was the best. Jim and Stacy Bowman Bakersfield, California, USA
Jim and Stacy Bowman

The itinerary, the accommodations - all were wonderful... Darren made the trip all the more special.

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

Our driver and personal tour guide was just outstanding and a delight to be with.

Dear Mike We can't begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our visit to your beautiful country. From the minute we stepped off the plane to our departure from Shannon Airport to return home to New Jersey, everything was simply perfect. Darren Fleming, our driver and personal tour guide, was just outstanding and a delight to be with. Not only was he genuinely personable but his knowledge of the history of Ireland and all of the sights we visited was amazing. He was an excellent driver and after a short time, we felt as if we were being escorted by a good friend. We totally enjoyed his company, which really added to the entire experience. He planned our itenerary so that we arrived at the many places of interest before the large groups on tour buses arrived. The vehicle you provided was extremely comfortable for my husband who is 6ft. 4. Thank you so much for that. Working with you from the beginning was a pleasure. You are very organized and made everything very simple and uncomplicated, even when we added three days to our agenda at the last minute. You amazingly came through with reservations for us at two castles, even when it seemed impossible to do so. We certainly will be returning to Ireland in the near future and you can be sure we will be calling upon you and your terrific staff. We will also be recommending you to all of our friends, most of whom are Irish and to our family. Thanks so much again for everything.
Dorothy & Ed Carlton, Rumson NJ

My husband and I recently returned from our trip to Ireland. Executive Hire allowed us to experience the beauty, the history, and the culture of Ireland.

I am from Irish descent so it has been a long awaited dream for me to visit this beautiful Island of green. Our driver and guide, Darren, immediately helped to create a customized tour that made this dream become a reality. Every day was filled with treasures. From the historic landmarks of Dublin, including drawing our pint of Guinness, to the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange and Jameson tour. Travelling the beautiful countryside of Ireland, visiting the Blarney Castle and the famous stone, the memorable horse/cart ride and boat ride on the lakes in Killarney National Park, crossing the mountain pass to Kenmare for our stay in the luxury of Sheen Falls hotel,the incomparable memories and history of the Dingle Peninsula. The never to be forgotten stop in Adare with the village of thatched cottages, the fairy tale experiences of actually staying in Ashford Castle, travelling around Connemara and the history of the countryside, the limestone hills, the bogs, Galway Bay, to Clifden and the scenery along the Altantic coast. The eerie landscape of The Burren, the majesty and beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. And always, always the sheer beauty of Ireland and the shades of green. So, thank you to your company for this once in a lifetime experience. But particularly, thank you to Darren for making our dream come true! His thoughtfulness and concern for our comfort was of course exemplary. But most importantly, he allowed us to see this beautiful land through the love in his eyes for his homeland. Thank you Darren, and God Bless! Judy and Steve Russell  
Judy and Steve Russell

There are many tour operators in Ireland and we consider ourselves very lucky to have chosen Mike Ryan and Executive Hire for our trip. When you pick somebody based only on an internet search, there is always a bit of doubt. As it turned out, we made a great choice!

The original plans for my wife, son, and me were to come from California for a family wedding in England, but somehow we managed to talk ourselves into an extended tour of Northern Ireland and Ireland that would combine sightseeing and golf. Since my wife is not a golfer picking the right person to take her around while my son and I were playing was very important, especially since we had scheduled six rounds of golf. (She often joined us to walk the last few holes since the scenery was so spectacular.) Invariably, Mike provided us with considerate and professional service at every opportunity. He never made us feel awkward when we ran late or decided on a last minute detour to see something off the beaten track. We never felt rushed. He is an overwhelmingly positive person and a wonderful ambassador for Ireland. Besides the golf, we were interested in the history and culture of Ireland and Mike was very knowledgeable. He has great stories and has a genuine pride in his work. He was always early for every event that we planned, and he was able to arrange some unique experiences for us. He even managed to get us great weather for our trip! Ok, that last part is a bit of an exaggeration, but good weather and a great attitude makes everything better. His singing voice isn't bad either. Of note, while getting on the airplane back to the States, we ran into a group from Nashville who had used a big name operator for their golf buddy trip. They were very unhappy. The ad looked good, but the experience was not. It sounded like they got a non-interactive driver who only took them where they needed to go and nothing else. He wouldn't even touch their luggage. With Mike you get a very personal experience that makes you feel special and adds a human touch to an already wonderful destination. It was very easy for me to give them Mike's card for next time. I'm sure they'll have a great time."    
Lee Kaaren, Laguna Beach, California

Dear Pat, We thank you for 15 days of sunshine and happiness

Today we leave Ireland with tears but also memories full of joy. You really are a miracle maker, bringing our Irish family and ours together by piecing together the clues, and then taking us off to Bray and my long lost friend from childhood. Truly gifts never forgaotten. And of course you brought your talents to bear by opening up all the treasures of Ireland to us and you became a true friend forever. We thank you for 15 days of sunshine and happiness. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you,  
Margaret and Ross

Mike, how thoughtful you were every single moment.

I just spent an hour listening to my brother tell me what a fabulous trip they had! It was beyond their expectations and he told me that you deserve all the credit. You certainly outdid yourself. I never doubted for a moment that you would take good care of Jim and the girls but I was very happy to hear from him how thoughtful you were every single moment. He’s always a little apprehensive going to new places because he’s not sure how he’ll be able to get around but you removed all his concerns because of your kindness and consideration. Thank you . They loved everything you arranged from Dromoland to Baldoyle to Dublin! They were awed by the beautiful country and the lovely people. Now, I have to get him to stop talking about it! And they had the pleasure of meeting the Ryan family. Thanks so much for doing your usual wonderful job. See you soon, I hope.  
Larry, Hoboken, New Jersey

Re: JOHN PARROTT GOLF TRIP

Hello Mike

Many thanks for organising our wonderful golf trip. The hotel was spot on and the Irish hospitality second to none. Please pass on a big thank you to Peter who really looked after us.

The courses were spectacular and I really did have a birthday to remember.

Regards

John


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