The Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote an article about the owners of Wild West Irish Tours, Trish O’Donnell-Jenkins and Michael Regan Waugh on the unique approach Wild West Irish Tours has to experiencing Ireland.

“Ours is not a kiss-the-Blarney-Stone tour. We let Ireland be Ireland. We take you to meet people we know — dancers, singers, storytellers,” he said. “They perform for us and the people we bring along with us.”

Read the Richmond Times-Dispatch article.

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.

Wild West Irish Tours has enjoyed the company of one of Ireland’s best known Photo-Bloggers, Val Robus, also known as “Magnumlady.”

On 4 occasions, Magnumlady did a “ride along” with Wild West Irish Tours during our adventures in the Wild West of Ireland. Together we explored the mystical Carrowmore Tombs with Myths & Legends author, Michael Roberts.

The Irish Blogger also joined us for trips out to the incredible Innismurray Island, a boat ride on the Rose of Innisfree and an adventure exploring a mysterious ancient beach on this perilous rocky coast. Our thanks to Val for her beautiful photos.

Enjoy all 4 adventures through Magnumlady’s eye!

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.