2018 Irish History and Heritage Tour with Dr Gearoid

~Living History and Heritage~Music~Archeology~Natural History~Cultural Traditions~

“Author and academic, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is one of Ireland’s

leading authorities in Irish cultural history and global diaspora. 

He can take a million fragments and put them back together into the Big Picture.”


Irish History and Heritage TourDr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin –Irish History and Heritage expert– is Johnson Chair of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal and formerly Smurfit Stone Professor of Irish Studies at UM-St Louis.

A leading authority on Irish culture and heritage, Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is a 5th generation Irish traditional musician, scholar and former member of the legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band.

Over the past 30 years, he has presented more than 1,000 concerts, lectures and workshops on four continents. Since 2009, he has held the bilingual Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University (Montréal). He is also the former Jefferson Smurfit Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2000-2009).

In the simpler days of childhood, master musicians would call to the Ó hAllmhuráin family home in the West of Ireland, to share tunes and stories over bottomless cups of tea and his mother’s famous brown bread. They were eyewitnesses to extraordinary political, religious and cultural changes throughout the country.

Author, “FLOWING TIDES – History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape” (Oxford University Press, 2016); and “A Short HISTORY of IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC” (O’Brien Press, Dublin)

* EASY IRISH LESSON #1:  How to correctly pronounce Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin’s name:   “Ga-RODE”   “O-HALL-ver-awn”

Irish History and Heritage Tour Highlights–

  • Travel with Ireland’s noted cultural historian, author and award-winning traditional musician
  • Meet locals and enjoy expert-led excursions
  • Discover spectacular natural beauty
  • Enjoy nightly musical sessions and private recitals
  • Explore a living history and heritage of Ireland, dating to the mesolithic period
  • Immerse yourself in rich culture and heritage
  • Explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (Galway, Clare, Limerick, Mayo, Connemara and Kerry)
  • Enjoy nightly musical sessions and recitals




PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS provided by CelticTours World Vacations (Albany, NY) 


  • 9 nights hotel accommodations
  • 9 full breakfast daily (except day of arrival)
  • 4 hotel dinners plus Bunratty Castle Banquet
  • Admissions:
  • Cragganowen
  • Quin Abbey
  • Bunratty Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
  • Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog demonstration
  • Aran Island Ferry and island tour to Dun Aonghasa
  • Kylemore Abbey (photo stop)
  • Muckross House
  • Kilfenora Burren Museum
  • Lough Corrib Boat Cruise
  • Galway Walking tour
  • All transportation and sightseeing via deluxe touring motor coach
  • Tips and taxes on items included

Get to know your History and Heritage of Ireland guide

Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, born in Ennis, County Clare, is a leading Irish ethnomusicologist, author, musician and historian specialising in Irish music, diaspora, cultural and memory studies. A 5-time All Ireland Champion uilleann piper and concertina playerGearóid has presented over 1,000 concerts on 4 continents during the past 30 years.  A prolific writer and tenured university professor, he is also a producer of The Clare Tracin’ Ensemble and a former member of Ireland’s legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band.

Click here to watch some of his recent lectures and performances.