Ireland of Old
An Emigrants Tale
How many people of Irish descent live across the globe? Too many to count, and on St Patrick’s Day, it seems everyone has a little Irish in them! Many people return to Ireland to trace their roots, to visit the homestead their ancestors left behind and to reconnect with the land.
On a day out with me, you will learn what life was life for the average person around the time your ancestors left. A customized tour that focuses on a specific time period, and visits a number of sites dotted across the south-east.
A customized tour can cover one or blend together a few of the following periods
An Gorta Mor – The Irish Potato Famine
1847 is one of the darkest periods in Ireland history. It saw many millions forced to flee the land to escape starvation. Together we can see artefacts saved from the time, climb aboard a replica of the transportation ships that sailed to the US and Canada and explore a preserved farmstead dating from that time. A fascinating tour that will give you a new perspective that no documentary or book can ever do.
The 1798 Rebellion
Inspired by events that were happening in the US and France at that time. Ireland too rose up. Wexford in particular. For ten hot and sticky days in August Wexford saw some terrible fighting. Centered around a tiny village called Boolavogue. Together we can visit the perfectly preserved home of one of the rebel leaders, visit the battle sites and find out what happened to the surviving rebels when the fighting was finished.
Once the civil war was over, work began to rebuild the Nation. Work that continues today. An island this small was always going to find it difficult to support its children and many were forced to travel to the UK and US for work, never to return. Together we can visit villages unchanged since that era, visit a replica of a 1950s grocery shop, and explore a museum dedicated to the home, reproducing the kitchen, the heart of the home, through the decades.
Remember, the Ancient East has 5000 years of stories, some don’t have to be that old!
We took a tour with Lorraine as part of a genealogy trip to Ireland tracing our connections to the area. Lorraine was wonderful. She got in touch with the genealogist before we arrived and created a perfect personalised tour. She gave us some real insights into what life was like for my grt grt grandparents. We learnt so much, it really made the trip worthwhile as I doubt we would have discovered it all on our own
M. (Doyle) Johnson
- The full services of a professional and knowledgeable guide
- Private 9 seater VW Caravelle
- Collection and drop off at your desired location
- Freedom to alter the tour to your tastes*
- Cooler box, rugs and cushions
- Umbrellas should it be a wet day
- Photo opportunities
- Complimentary Whiskey Toast at the end of the tour
- Complimentary hamper with samples from the Wexford Food Family and Spring Water*Some restrictions may apply
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If you would like to make the tour all inclusive just let me know in your initial contact email. I will provide you with an itemised breakdown so you know exactly how much everything has cost