Born in Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland, Martina, after many years living overseas, is now settled in Kilkee, County Clare with her family. Martina spent many years in the US states of California, Colorado and Rhode Island, working in the high tech start-up industry.
After her stint in America, Martina and her sister Carmel decided to combine her business experience and travel knowledge to embark on a new enterprising venture “Emerald Irish Tours” to encompass Irish culture, scenery, folklore and local experiences into a brilliant travel experience. Being a world traveler with a degree in Business Administration, Martina thinks that Ireland has some of the most interesting coastlines and historical sites in the world that the discerning traveler to Ireland will thoroughly enjoy.
Carmel Haugh, Co-founder and Driver Guide with Emerald Irish Tours who is originally from Ireland has always been passionate about tourism and travel in Ireland. Carmel has travelled to many global destinations, such as Asia, Europe, The Americas, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands to name a few. She took time out to study and observe the lifestyle and travel habits of our global culture.
Upon returning from her travels, Carmel went on to pursue a career in the travel industry. Relying the skills from her 2003 Bachelor of Science in Business Degree from Emmanuel College, Boston, Carmel and her sister Martina decided to open their own travel business.
She has great people, listening and communication skills. She is enthusiastic and is dedicated to ensuring a really excellent travel experience for all who visit the Emerald Isle.
Carmel currently resides in the peaceful setting of West Clare, living by the sea at Doonaha Fort, and also works on the on-going project of restoring an 18th century Napoelonic Defence Fortress on the West Coast of Ireland.
Emerald Irish Tours would like to give a big welcome to Liam Bourke our new team member driver guide to the team! We could not be more pleased. Liam knows the Island of Ireland like no-one else. Whether it is touring the castles or finding hidden gems (and he know lots of them!) or Ireland’s equestrian scene Liam is your man. One of Liam’s favourite expressions is “A quiet priest never got a parish!” Need we say more. A big welcome!
Brendan has spent over 30 years in the Bookmaking Business traveling all around Ireland and England attending Horse Racing meetings. There are not too many roads Brendan has not traveled. Brendan graduated collage with a degree in Construction, done a bit of farming, and knows all about horse breeding and has been a tour guide for the last six years and holds a Failte Ireland National Tour Guide Badge.
While living in the countryside Brendan does the things he likes best: walking, cycling, hiking, horse back riding and kayaking. Sports played Football, Hurling, rugby, horse riding, running, skiing, golf, and now cycling.
Favourite Quotes by William Butler Yeats
"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met."
Favourite place, as close to coast as possible.