COVID 19       During this difficult time for us all, we have decided to continue providing Tour Services.    Our vehicles are always regularly serviced and cleaned but we are taking extra precautions during The Corona Virus outbreak.  All the vehicle door handles, seat belts, and other points of contact are being sanitized before, during, and after each tour.  Sanitized wipes will be provided for you in our vehicles.    We understand, and appreciate, that many people will have justifiable reservations about booking a tour and yet want to be able to tour with us on arrival in Ireland so we are making temporary changes to our booking arrangements.  We are only taking a deposit of €75 regardless of the size of the vehicle or the duration of the tour. For bookings made now that subsequently need to cancel because of Corona Virus, we will refund 95% of the deposit provided we receive a minimum of 72 hours notice of cancellation. We will make the refund of 95% to you, or at your discretion hold the full deposit against a future booking.

The Michael Cusack Centre is located at the unspoiled village of Carron in the heart of the Burren at one of the highest points in the Burren Mountains and overlooks the largest Turlough (disappearing lake) in Western Europe. The center traces the life and times of the founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

The center offers a portal into nineteenth-century life in Ireland, from living through the famine to the founding of the GAA. This unique story is brought to life in Cusack's original thatched cottage, as the ghost of Michael Cusack regales visitors with his story. This cultural and heritage center provides an insight into Irish identity and is a part of who we are.

The center offers an Audio-visual experience unequaled in Ireland. You can view a sample of the holographic expo on Youtube.

Tours at the center can be tailored to visitor's needs and interests in education, farming, geology, or sport.

You can experience our National pass times at Michael Cusack's GAA Club, and you can even try your hand at Hurling and Gaelic Football. The center provides visitors the opportunity to experience our native games, firstly, through a demonstration followed by visitor participation in the basic skills of lifting and striking a sliothár (hurling ball).

The center has a beautifully restored Irish Cottage with a Cafe where you can enjoy Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches, Biscuits, and Scones and there is also a Gift Shop.

 

Walking Tours

Just one mile from the Centre is the trailhead for the Carron loop and caters to those wishing to explore the flora and fauna of the Burren. This trail includes Carron Turlough, megalithic tombs, St Fachtnas Holy Well, and spectacular views of the Burren landscape. Further information at Shannon Region Website.

 

Farm Heritage Tours 

The Centre also offers tours of working farms within the Burren. Local farmers illustrate how to farm in this unique environment and give access to tombs and other prehistoric monuments not normally available to the public. Father Ted's house is located on one of the many different walks available to visitors. You can try this guided tour with a difference while on Tour with Ireland West Tours. More information is available on their Website.  Please let us know, well in advance, if you would like to do this tour.

Michael Cusack 

Michael Cusack, born in Carron in 1847, founded the largest amateur sporting organization in the world, the Gaelic Athletic Association. The Michael Cusack Centre, located in the picturesque limestone landscape of the Burren is situated at the original homestead. The center and family homestead honor the founder of Ireland's greatest sporting and cultural organization, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). 

Visitors receive an informative talk on the life and times of Cusack, and then come face to face (literally!) with the Ghost of Michael Cusack in the original mid-19th century thatched cottage where he lived. Here Michael Cusack tells his own story, through a unique audio-visual experience incorporating revolutionary holographic technology, the first of its kind in Ireland. 

Visitors to the Centre will also be able to familiarise themselves with the game of hurling on a first-hand basis. In the green area after a demo with an experienced guide, they will be invited to take up a hurley and sliothár and learn some hurling skills under instruction from the guide. They will also be able to try out their new skills at our superb new hurling wall. 

Visitors are also invited to take a walk around the cottage grounds, where they will encounter the wonderful flora unique to the Burren. Lucky guests may even catch sight of our resident family of red squirrels as they go about their daily business. A set of interpretative nature panels placed around the grounds offers a guide to the flora, fauna, and geology of the Burren area. 

The center offers visitors a uniquely Irish experience and a fresh perspective on Irish history. The tour captivates and engages young and old, instilling a true understanding and appreciation of our native games and culture in the 1800s and in Ireland today.

You can get more information on  michaelcusack.ie

 

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" We had a wonderful experience trying to find relatives. We had a private tour guide, Patrick, who took us to the end of the farthest peninsula. found distant cousins and in the end found dad's second cousin. He was professional and courteous."

Patty M, Texas, USA

 

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Satisfying the customer 

Over the years we have had several compliments on our drivers from many of our satisfied customers. Click on the link to "Tripadvisor" below to read, in full, the reviews of some of our many happy customers.

"Thanks to Tripadvisor we were so fortunate to find Ireland West Tours. Jim took my husband and I on a full day tour of the Burren. I would highly recommend this private tour. Well worth the cost!!"

Michelle & Art, Hawaii, USA

 

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