“My Grandparents Emigrated from Ireland, and as a red headed boy growing up in New York, I often imagined what life was like for them in Ireland. I eventually had my dream come true, and went to visit my cousins at my grandparent’s Homeplaces in the West of Ireland. I will never forget family and locals welcoming me “home” – even though I never before set foot in the country.
Ireland has a home in my heart now. I lived in Ireland for many years and met all sorts of wonderful people and characters. Local people would show me the hidden places, the seldom seen, introduce me to the old folks, who often had a story, the musicians, and folklorists; all became a part of my life.
When people visited me in Ireland, I loved showing them these places and have them meet my friends and family. I always loved the W.B. Yeats poem. “The Stolen Child.” In this beautiful poem, the fairies take people to beautiful places to help forget about the sadness in their lives. “Come away o’ human child, to the waters and the wild, with a faerie hand in hand….” This poem was the inspiration of Wild West Irish Tours.
Our local guides are like the faeries, taking our “Wild Westies” to magical and mystical places, and often we hear that the experience was “transformative” and “emotional”. When you join us for a tour in Ireland, we want you to feel as if you are friends and family, coming back home to Ireland. Even if you have only been here in your dreams.”
Come away with us.
~Michael Regan-Hassett Waugh, Owner, Wild West Irish Tours
“An rud is annamh is iontach”.
What is seldom is wonderful