I am a Blue Badge tour guide and Ring of Gullion ambassador. I grow up in North Belfast through the troubles and now live in the Ring of Gullion, AONB situated on the Armagh border just of the main motorway corridor between Irelands two main cities of Dublin and Belfast. I enjoy showcasing the landscape, hidden stories, history and people of both places.
Following a career in Banking I took voluntary retirement when my father was terminal ill. My father a great storyteller shared stories of his youth growing up in Crossmaglen in the thirties and his lifelong involvement in the trade union movement in Belfast.
Over the last number of years, I have built a successful career as a tour guide. Taking people around Belfast, Glens and Causeway and the Ring of Gullion sharing the unique history of the areas and my own personal experiences spending time in both Belfast and the Ring of Gullion growing up. I have been a guest many times on BBC radio Ulster program “your place and mine” sharing my stories of the Ring of Gullion and promoting the lunch of my late father Eugene O Callaghan Book “Busmen in the Firing Line” Which was published by the Ulster Historical foundation.
I enjoy sharing the storing which never made it into my father’s book, the story of his work within the trade union movement during the troubles and the part he played keeping the buses on the roads during the darkest days of our troubled past and growing up in Crossmaglen.
It is the history of the ordinary people I enjoy sharing most. The stories of how they lived and worked. I offer walking tours to groups of 14 and operate as a step on step of tour guide
I am available to cover both the Ring of Gullion and Belfast to tour groups interested in exploring Northern Ireland.
The Ring of Gullion is the last hidden gem for tourist to come and explore, I would really love to share it with you and your group. Feel free to get in touch.