The Chare Champion interviewed Michael about the history of Wild West Irish Tours, his Irish heritage, and his plans for the future as tours expand into County Clare.

“It’s almost a watershed event for me to be officially starting tours in Clare where my grandmother came from. What we want to do eventually is have our whole tour in Clare but this year we’re going to have more than half of the tour in Clare.

Read the whole article on clarechampion.ie

Ken and Antonette Kaufman came on a Wild West Irish Tours special “Emigrant Trail Ancestry Tour” to find his family roots. Here is his story:

“As long as I can remember, I have had a desire to know more about my Irish ancestral origins. When I was considering visiting Ireland for the first time, I knew I wanted to see the area of my great-grandfather, John Gallagher, an ancestor whose origins I learned about from a letter my grandmother received in the 1960s. However, I was afraid this goal was unrealistic for one who never navigated the country lanes of Western Ireland. Much to my delight, I discovered that Wild West Irish Tours was offering an emigration themed tour in County Sligo, the home county of my Gallagher/Mullarkey line.”

Read the full article on thewildgeese.irish.

The Irish Embassy in Washington D.C. praises Wild West Irish Tours

“on the work they do in bringing people from both sides of the Atlantic in a fun way…”

Wild West Irish Tours was delighted to celebrate the launch of our new Ireland Music & Dance Festival Tour, with the help of the Irish Embassy and Irish singer, Mai Hernon.

At a recent launch of the launch of the Fleadh na hEireann in Fairfax Virginia, Claire Fitzgibbon, the Cultural Attache of the Irish Embassy, stated the following:

“The Embassy is delighted to be associated with Wild West Irish Tours’ launch of the 2014 tour season and the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which this year is taking place in Sligo. The Fleadh is a major event in the Irish cultural calendar, and one which brings people from all over the world together through their shared love of traditional Irish music. We applaud Wild West Irish Tours on the work they do in bringing people from both sides of the Atlantic together in a fun way, further cementing the bonds of friendship between our two great nations.”

Read the complete article on Sligo Today.

In America, it was turned into a business. Now, it’s benefiting the local economy, bringing bus loads of tourists into Sligo and the north west. Its origins go back to March 2007. That’s when American Michael Regan-Waugh brought his partner Trish O’Donnell Jenkins to Sligo for a holiday.

Four years later, on March 17th, 2011, they left their jobs, sold their house in the U.S. and started Wild West Irish Tours.

Read the whole newspaper article on The Sligo Champion Digital Edition.

The Irish Independent, which has the highest circulation for a daily newspaper in Ireland, published a story about Wild West Irish Tours recently in their Weekend Review section. The article, written by Irish journalist Caitriona Palmer, was a feature for “The Gathering 2013.” The story tells of an Irish-American family, the Galligans, going back “home” to Ireland during the year of the Gathering, with Wild West Irish Tours.

Enjoy this wonderful piece.