What you'll do
Ever wondered why so many Irish people ended up in the US, Canada or Australia and where the intense rivalry between Ireland and England comes from? Want to know why they call Dublin the 'Sillicon Valley' of Europe? Join me on this private discovery of Dublins past and present. From the Famine in 1845 to the financial meltdown in 2009. We start at the Spire and the GPO, towards Liberty Hall and pass Custom House before visiting the Famine memorial and the museum of Irish emigration. From there we explore the IFSC, where I will tell you what caused the 'big recession' of 2008 and how the city kickstarted a housing shortage seemingly overnight. After meeting Jeannie Johnston, we set sail for Grand Canal Dock, where some of the worlds biggest tech companies have their headquarters. We check in at Facebook, while I explain why so many tech companies came to Dublin in the first place, and if the daily life at Google is really like in the Hollywood movie The Intern. After our visit to the San Francisco of Europe, we take a rest at a unique coffee shop. It is owned by a Dubliner who won the Worlds Best Barista competition. After this pitstop, where you can ask my any question you want, we continue towards the Dead Zoo, while I talk about Gaelic Football, Hurling and Rugby before we end up at Trinity College, used as backdrop for more then one Hollywood movie.
I arrived in Ireland in 2008, working for Google, Apple and Facebook, before I decided to ditch my deskjob and follow my passion to work in Tourism. I decided to start my own company in 2015; Dublin in Dutch. Because of high demand, I quickly expanded into doing English tours as well. Through my work experiences, and my Journalism degree, I can tell you what it’s really like to work for a big IT company while living in Irelands only big city. Sharing my passion for history, I can also tell you how Ireland went from being very poor to very rich. With the free tours becoming overcrowded, I noticed that more and more people want an intimate experience where they really get to know their guide. That is why all my experiences have a maximum of 8 persons, so there is plenty of opportunity to tailor the tours to your specific needs!
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Where you'll be
On this private tour, we will visit Custom House, EPIC, the IFSC, Grand Canal Dock, The three Sisters, the former HQ of U2, Googletown, Trinity College... If there is something in the neighbourhood that you really want to visit, let me know at the start and we might be able to alter the route and include it in the tour! Also, if you feel you need an extra pitstop, we can do that too!
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.
What about toilets? We pass free toilets after approx. 45 minutes and you can also go to the toilet at the coffee shop after about 2 hours. The tour is fully flat, apart from 2 bridges with a very mild curve.
Past & Present; Famine & Silicon Docks