Ireland

Whether it be an expertly guided tour of Georgian Dublin, a limousine drive around the Ring of Kerry or a Helicopter flight across the Burren and Cliffs of Moher we will tailor an excursion to meet the precise needs of any individual or group, no matter what the size.




Luxury Irish Experience: An Overview

Whether it be an expertly guided tour of Georgian Dublin, a limousine drive around the Ring of Kerry or a Helicopter flight across the Burren and Cliffs of Moher we will tailor an excursion to meet the precise needs of any individual or group, no matter what the size.

Our team in Emerald VIP Services head office are here to assist you with any questions you may have and to provide you with guidance in order to ensure that you enjoy an amazing experience.

Peter and Sian, Pat, Sean and Steve are here to assist you with any questions you may have and to provide you with guidance in order to ensure that you enjoy an amazing experience.


What you can expect

Ireland is a country that lives up to its reputation of having a lush green landscape populated with the friendliest people you will ever meet, Ireland is a place of great historic and cultural importance. - In Ireland there are no strangers, only friends who haven’t met yet – W.B. Yeats

The many castles, ruins and manors that can be found across the country, are not only breathtaking attractions for visitors, but also point towards a strong national heritage. From Forts built by the Celts to Norman castles, there is a breadth of architecture in Ireland to excite all history enthusiasts.

Dublin has long been a centre of art and culture. Stroll through the elegant Georgian streets of Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares, shop in the elegant emporiums of Grafton Street and Powerscourt Townhouse, explore the collections of the National Museum and National Gallery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and many fine small private collections. The city is over a thousand years old, and many of the towns and settlements that surround it are equally ancient. Successive centuries have left their distinctive overlays of character and architecture which means that Dublin has a wealth of historically significant and fascinating sights to explore such as Dublin Castle, where the Normans ruled from the 12th Century, St Patrick's Cathedral, of which Jonathan Swift was Dean, and Trinity College, famous for The Book of Kells and for its alumni who include Oscar Wilde and Oliver Goldsmith.

Connemara
Is the area of Western Galway & South Mayo bounded by the Atlantic & Lough Corrib. It is an area beloved by artists & poets who find magical inspiration in its wide open bogs & its towering cloud-capped mountains. Cottages nestle into hillsides where wild looking sheep with thick fleeces & great curling horns freely graze. The rugged coastline is punctuated with little fishing villages.

Cliff of Moher & The Burren
The Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's top visitor attractions, loom high over County Clare’s west coast. From the cliffs, one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, O'Brien's Tower, another of Ireland's most photographed landmarks, guards one prominent headland of these majestic cliffs. Watch the sunset from
the North platform overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. The Cliffs claim one of the most astonishing views in Ireland, and on a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as The Twelve Bens, the Maam Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the south. The North platform is located at the highest point of the Cliffs, Knockardakin at 214m or 700 feet above sea level. It is also the location of the Tower viewpoint, O’Brien’s Tower, built by Cornelius O’Brien. From here you can see An Branán Mór Sea Stack, home of the guillemots and razorbills.

You can also see the surfing wave ‘Aileen’s’, Aill Na Searrach, to the right when it is up and running. On a clear day you can see across to the Aran Islands: Inis Oírr, Inis Méain and Inis Mór and to the left views of the beautiful Galway Bay. Also from this platform you have a fantastic view of the South Cliffs that stretch for 8km. You can walk to Doolin, approximately 5km, from this point along the Coastal Walk. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher region of north Clare has been awarded the prestigious designation of membership of the UNESCO supported Global Geopark network at the 10th European Geoparks Conference in Langesund, Norway.

This iconic location attracts close to one million visitors per year. the exciting Atlantic Edge display. The Burren, from the Gaelic word Boireann is an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. With its innate sense of spiritual peace, extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt’s pyramids, the Burren creates a tapestry of colour and a seductively magical aura which few people leave without wanting to experience again.

Dingle Peninsula

The Slea Head Drive is a circular route, beginning and ending in Dingle that takes in a large number of attractions and stunning views on the western end of the peninsula. Once cited as 'the most beautiful place on earth' by the National Geographic; was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne stretches 30miles (48 kilometers) into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's south-west coast. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest peak. The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches, with two large sand spits at Inch in the south and the Maharees to the north. The Blasket Islands lie to the west of the peninsula. Travellers usually travel clockwise in order to avoid the large tour buses that frequent the route during the summer. The route is suitable for motorists, but is also enjoyed by cyclists: it is possible to hire a bike at a number of locations in Dingle.

Belfast
Most of Belfast’s main streets radiate out from the hub of Donegal Square. In the center of the square stands the vast rectangular Portland stone bulk of the1906 City Hall. It has an elaborate tower at each corner and a central copper dome that rises to a height of 173 ft. Queens University is Northern Ireland’s most prestigious university. The main building, designed in Tudor style red and yellow bricks by Charles Lanyon in 1849 bears similarities to Magdalene College, Oxford. The area around Queen’s University to the south of the city has two major a ttractions in the Ulster Museum and the Botanic Gardens. To the north, there are splendid views to be enjoyed from the heights of Cave Hill. Belfast has a rich maritime history and a long and distinct pedigree in building ships of elegance, grace and power. You can take a walk through the Titanic Quarter and immerse yourself in the fact and the fiction that surrounds the Titanic. Learn about Harland & Wolff the firm that built the Titanic.

Giant’s Causeway
The very beautiful Causeway Coastal Route is simply breathtaking – ranked amongst the Top 10 Drives in the World, The Glens of Antrim and the dramatic Dunluce Castle teetering over the cliffs are just two of its many highlights. What seems remarkable to us now, in the 21st century, is that there was much argument as to whether the Causeway had been created by men with picks and chisels, by nature or by the efforts of a giant.

Loop Head
Loop Head is a slender finger of land pointing out to sea from the most westerly point of County Clare, on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. With the ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other, this tiny peninsula would be an island but for a meagre mile of land connecting it to the rest of Clare. But despite its isolation, its people are far from insular, having spent hundreds of years welcoming strangers by water. In 2010, Loop Head became a European Destination of Excellence in aquatic tourism. It’s also right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic

Way, 2,500 kilometers of the finest coastal scenery in Ireland. Loop Head epitomizes what the Wild Atlantic Way is about: panoramic cliff views, abundant local seafood, your choice of aquatic activities, and plenty of quiet beauty spots where you can pause and wonder at this unforgettable part of the world. Loop Head Tourism is committed to three pillars of responsible tourism– environmental integrity, social justice and economic development. In responsible tourism, individuals, organizations and businesses are asked to take responsibility for their actions and the impacts of their actions.

What we offer

We offer a wide range of concierge services, executive transportation, driver guides and aviation solutions so if you don’t see what you want above, call us and we will make it happen for you.

From internationally renowned courses to welcoming local clubs in every corner of the country, Ireland is a golfer's paradise. We have more than 400 courses on the island including over 30% of the world's links courses. From green parkland to rugged coastal links and everything in between, there is a course to suit every skill level from beginner to pro and, now more than ever before, every budget. The choice for golfers is simply staggering did you know that Tiger Woods prepared for the British Open in 2006 with a whistle-stop helicopter tour of Irish courses? Apparently he also had a go at our world-class fly-fishing but let’s not get sidetracked – we’re here to talk about golf!

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Ireland is surrounded by water, uniquely positioned at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, there are many water based activities for both young and old, so get your wet gear on and take the plunge. From sailing, Kayaking, windsurfing & surfing to coasteering, rock climbing & scuba diving the options are endless. Supreme Waverider Kelly Slater had heard the rumours and they turned out to be true: Ireland’s west coast was "a cold paradise". In fact, he describes it as "like a little party out on the water". No further endorsement needed! For land lovers we can provide 4x4 off road driving, Mountain biking and guided cliff top walks.

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Our Sea and lake Fishing Tours are owned run by local men who have lived and fished almost all of their lives. As guides, they will show you the best fishing locations, advise you on baits and methods. We fully understand the needs and interests of the experienced enthusiast. Our guides are especially interested in both Deep Sea and Lake fishing, our clients have fished and caught Blue Shark off the west coast of Ireland and on the following day have fished and caught large pike on the inland waterways. Our guides experiment with methods old and new to land a catch. From trolling lures/deadbaits to the more modern methods of flyfishing and jerk-baiting they are experienced in many techniques.

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Get to see the parts of Ireland many rarely do & enjoy a diverse range of exclusive experiences as you discover this ‘secret’ Ireland. Set sail via The Azul and arrive to The Lakehouse Villa and experience a new modern Ireland with a burst of Irish hospitality. Gain a true insight to the owner’s private collection of contemporary Irish art & sculpture and savour a seafood platter lunch in a dinning room wit 300 degree views.

Another option is to be the king and queen of your very own private Castle, nestled on its very own Island. Accessed only by water, meet the owners and step back in time as you learn of the journey of this restoration. Reach the roof top terrace and savour some artisan food & drink tastings. Enter the wider lakelands over afternoon liqueurs, flavoured coffees and artisan chocolate truffles.

Step back in time as you walk up the drive of an 18th century Georgian Manor and receive a tour with your charismatic host. Enjoy an artisan cheese tasting experience paired with spiced home-made chutney. Enter your private Shibeen, where a trio of craft Irish gin awaits in this truly atmospheric location. Finally meet Stephanie, your Sean Nos (old style) Irish dancer, for an intimate and energetic performance with live music. A true taste of Ireland in terms of culture, art, history, food, drink, dance and hospitality!

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Ireland is surrounded by water, uniquely positioned at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, there are many water based activities for both young and old, so get your wet gear on and take the plunge. From sailing, Kayaking, windsurfing & surfing to coasteering, rock climbing & scuba diving the options are endless. Supreme Waverider Kelly Slater had heard the rumours and they turned out to be true: Ireland’s west coast was "a cold paradise". In fact, he describes it as "like a little party out on the water". No further endorsement needed! For land lovers we can provide 4x4 off road driving, Mountain biking and guided cliff top walks.

Experience a bird’s eye view of Ireland’s beautiful scenery and ever changing landscape in our corporate helicopters. Why not fly over the Burren en route to The Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands before landing at one of our discreet partner locations to enjoy lunch.

At Emerald VIP Services the safety and comfort of our clients is paramount so all of our helicopters are fully compliant with JAR safety regulations and boast the most up-to-date safety and computer technology available.

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Recommended Hotels

This Castle Hotel is situated in the heart of Adare Village in County Limerick. This hallmark experience offers unique Five Star accommodation, the best of contemporary food and an impeccable approach to hospitality that brings guests back, time and time again.

Meander through stonewalled gardens and winding woodland paths, discover the colourful history of Adare Manor and its story-filled walls.

The 840-acre riverside demesne is home to a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior and superb trout fishing on the River Maigue.

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Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the centre of Ireland, Ballyfin in County Laois, is now an exclusive luxury 5-Star Hotel. This ultra-luxe resort within a lavish 1820’s manor is located on 614 acres with a lake, is 9.5 km from Portlaoise and 12 km from the Mountrath Golf Club. Every one of the rooms and suites are superb, in classic English style, full of beautiful fabrics and antiques, with enormous attention to detail.

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The Merrion, located in the heart of Dublin city centre, is the capital’s most luxurious five star hotel, and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

The 142-bedroom and suite hotel is as welcoming as it is stylish. An impeccable restoration of four Georgian townhouses, The Merrion is a marriage of exquisite comfort, relaxed elegance and advanced guest facilities, including free Wi-Fi, an 18m pool, spa and gym.

The Merrion is home to the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, The Cellar Bar andRestaurant, and the intimate No. 23 Cocktail Bar.

This 5 star luxury hotel is to be found in the heart of Georgian Dublin, opposite Government Buildings and a few minutes’ walk from galleries, museums, the I.F.S.C, Dublin Convention Centre, pubs, restaurants and the shops of Grafton Street.

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Welcome to the magnificent, five star Dromoland Castle!

Savour your first glimpse of this majestic castle and its enchanting lake, as you pass through the castle gates. This was the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland who were the Kings of Thomond and whose lineage goes back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, the only High King of Ireland.

Under glittering antique chandeliers descend grand staircases and meander through elegant hallways and beautifully furnished rooms. Luxuriate in plush, sink-in sofas in front of large, ornate fireplaces with blazing log fires. Relax as Dromoland’s unsurpassed, experienced and friendly staff take special care of you. The Earl of Thomond’s Restaurant offers you a heavenly dining experience you’ll remember forever. And cocktails in Dromoland’s Library Bar are sublime, so go on treat yourself.

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Famous for luxurious accommodation and award winning food, Mount Falcon Estate offers rest and relaxation in many forms: Indulge in the fabulous Spa & leisure centre, learn to fish on the Estate lake, catch the elusive wild Atlantic Salmon on the private stretch of the River Moy, take flight with the Falcons, walk with the Hawks and learn about the nature of the wise Owls, take aim with archery or hit a flying target on our Clay Shooting range, fine tune your drive on the 9 bay golf driving range, walks & cycles on 3 km of forest trails or meet our gardener and his busy bees in the Kitchen garden. There's so much to experience on our 100 acre Estate...

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General Information

Guide to Irish Weather
The Irish are notoriously obsessed with talking about the weather, but contrary to popular belief, it is not always raining cats and dogs on Irish shore. Ireland has four definite seasons - a chilly winter that requires a winter coat, scarf and gloves; a crisp spring that has its fair share of sunny days; a pleasant summer, at which time the Irish like to enjoy the country’s many green spaces; and a mild autumn that will require a lightjacket. Irelands coldest month of the year is January, when average temperatures are around 5º but can plummet to freezing point, and in the height of summer, average temperatures are around 18º but can also become hotter on a rare occasion.

Tipping
It is considered polite to tip in Ireland, particularly when the service you receive is high quality. In restaurants, it is customary to tip 10-15% of your bill to your waiter or waitress, although if you are dining as large group, you may find that a service charge is immediately added to your bill. It is also considered polite to tip hotel porters and taxi drivers who help you with your luggage. If you decide to enjoy a few drinks in a traditional Irish pub or at a cocktail bar, you will not be expected to tip the bartender. The currency in Ireland is the Euro and there are 100 cent in one Euro. One Euro (€1) is worth approximately 1.1 US Dollar. You will be able to access cash from ATMs throughout the country and payment by debit and credit card is also accepted almost everywhere. Please note if visiting Northern Ireland then pounds will be needed.

Plug sockets
The three pronged plug is used throughout Great Britain and Ireland, and if you need to use any of your electrical devices from home, you will need to bring a travel adapter with you. If you forget to bring your adapter, do not worry, they can be inexpensively purchased at the airport and from electrical shops.

Connectivity
There is cell phone coverage throughout Ireland, with much of the country being covered by a 4G network, and thus you should have no problems staying connected with friends, family, and colleagues on your visit. Many establishments such as hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops offer complimentary Wi-Fi for easy internet access abroad.

Dress Code
The dress code in Ireland is always in tandem with the types of events you will be attending. Most premium restaurants and bars across Ireland will operate a no trainer/sneaker policy; however smart jeans are now widely accepted in most upscale restaurants when worn with a smart shirt & or jacket.

Airports
Ireland plays host to a number of international airports, making swift access to any part of the country incredibly easy. Dublin and Shannon airports host thousands of passengers each day, and there are also international airports in cities such as Belfast, Cork, Waterford and Knock. Ireland’s airports are served by all major airlines, including Air Lingus-British Airways, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Ryan Air.

Etiquette
The best way to greet a person you are meeting for the first time is with a handshake and a smile. Irish people tend to buy rounds in bars and pubs and don’ t be surprised if you are pulled in to one of these rounds by a random person. In shops, museums, galleries, and other attractions, you will find people stood in an orderly single line queue, where “barging in the line” is considered the height of rudeness.

Branch Managers

Peter Costelloe
Founder & Director Operations

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Steve Gulvin
Director Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning

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Sean Kenny

Sean Kenny
Transport Manager

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Pat Tierney

Pat Tierney
Operations Director Ireland

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Sian Murray

Sian Murray
Office & Marketing Manager

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Office Contact Details

1st Floor
Approach Road
Shannon Airport
Co. Clare
Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 906 0027
Email: info@emeraldvipservices.com