Booked this for my husband's 50th birthday as a surprise. It turned out to be one of the best decisions in planning the trip. It made not only his actual birthday extra special and celebratory, but turned out to be the highlight of our 10 day trip. We took the tour on our second day in Dublin which I highly recommend doing very early in your trip as it will set the tone of the trip in a wonderful and authentic way.
Shane was geat from the time I booked the tour online until the end of the tour that evening. This tour is priceless in terms of seeing off the beaten path pubs and meeting locals - as well as the others on tour with you. Shane is fun, he's high energy and just a good guy that makes you feel comfortable right from the get go. Once finding out it was m husband' s birthday, he nonchalantly queued up the song "Happy Bithday" to play in the van and was one step ahead in helping me to orchestrate dessert after dinner. Just little efforts like that, made it memorable. Along with jumping in and participating in photographing our friend, Henry. We still laugh when we see photos of him during a session at the last pub cradled in the arm of a musician : )
Shane is gem and so is this tour. However, the biggest compliment I can give Shane is that even after doing countless tours over the years, he makes you feel like this is the first tour or perhaps the best one yet. He never rushes. He has a real talent for coordinating all this and making you feel like you're out with a friend.
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