Meet Us

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Laurie Calahan - Tour Coordinator

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I am a wife, a mom and “bonus mom” to eight extremely talented, intelligent, & beautiful human beings, a grandmommy (“Lolli”), glass artist, jewelry designer, small business owner, and small group tour coordinator to - and lover of - the most beautiful country in the world: Ireland.

 

My love for the Emerald Isle began as a mere desire to visit the place of my ancestors, but quickly became an unquenchable desire to become enmeshed with her people, her beautiful landscapes, and her spirit.

 

Before I visited Ireland, the closest thing I could relate to what many call “homesickness” was being away from my children. Although I understood the feeling of longing to be with my loved ones, I had never longed for an actual place before I “met” Ireland. After my first visit to this enchanted and magical wonderland, all I could do was dream of going back. My soul grieved for her. I think that’s what being homesick feels like.

 

So, every time I go back to her, in my heart, I know that I am returning home … my spiritual home. Because Ireland has been such a huge part of spiritual healing for me, I want to share her beauty with as many people as I can.

I would love for you to join us as we continue our journey of exploring Ireland and all of her charms!

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Joe Ormonde - Tour Guide

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Award winning Irish Photographer, Joe Ormonde, is one of Ireland's top Landscape Photographers who has had his images regularly used on national TV stations, magazine articles, and has been recognized internationally. The majority of Joe’s work is landscapes of the south-east and south of Ireland. Joe was born and bred in Kilsheelan, County Tipperary, on the border of Waterford, and noted for its Tidy Town performances.

 

Joe has extensive knowledge of the Irish countryside. From the lush green valley of Slievenamon to the rugged coastline of Waterford, Joe knows every nook and cranny and has visited the most remote places to secure the best images of Ireland. 

 

Joe has decided to offer his talents to the lucky visitors of Ireland who desire a true Irish experience. Those who desire to see and be part of the real Ireland, visit places that mainstream tours cannot get to and see the unspoiled beauty of the Emerald Isle will not be disappointed.

 

Travel with Joe, and return home with images that will live with you for a lifetime. Be certain that you will have arrived to Ireland as strangers, but will leave as friends.

Laurie’s Irish Tours (L.I.T.) is a travel agency that specializes in coordinating small group tours (6-15) to the most beautiful and enchanted country in the world - Ireland! Group travel is an exciting and economical way to see amazing sights, make lifelong friends and memories, and even discover your heritage. We handle all the planning for you … you simply just soak in all the beauty and leave the stress behind! We take care of the entire itinerary! We handle  your lodging, your entertainment, and your transportation! You cannot get much better than having a personal tour guide and driver who knows every nook and cranny there is on the gorgeous Emerald Isle. There are innumerable amounts of details we manage for you. You won’t have to search and guess and hope to find good hotels, restaurants, pubs, etc. … we do all the work and you just enjoy the journey! We will lead you to the hidden gems of Ireland that most tourists yearn to experience. You will want to take lots of pics as every angle of Ireland is a postcard photo. Award-winning Irish photographer, Joe Ormonde, guides you to the most amazing sights imaginable and Laurie Calahan oversees all of the day-to-day logistics to ensure an enjoyable and enriching journey. There is really no better way to experience a new country. 

 

Please look at our upcoming tours to see if there is a trip that is right for you. To plan a custom tour, 

contact Laurie Calahan