Testimonials

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We pride ourselves on providing the best possible experience for every single one of our clients. We welcome any feedback and use this to continually improve our service and the quality of the accommodation, attractions and activities we include in our tours.

We’ve included a small sample of our customer testimonials below. Should you wish to see more examples of feedback we’ve received, we’d be more than happy to provide you with details upon request.

Erik & Helen Nelson, Lansdale, Pennsylvania (2nd returning visit)
erik-and-helen-nelson-ireland-tour-september-2014For the past 2 years my wife and I have used the services of D.B. Custom Tours Ireland and, in particular, the services of Dermot Buckley, Jr. as our driver.

Our visits to Ireland in 2013 and 2014 turned out to be very different in nature and showed my wife and I how caring the Company and Dermot can be in each of those situations.

In 2013 we were on our 40th wedding anniversary when my wife took sick on the way to Ireland. Thinking it was a one or two day event for her she stayed in her room but by the 3rd day it appeared to be more than that. By the time we got to Cork she needed to be hospitalized for four days. We had to cut our trip short and return home where she underwent major surgery and recuperation.

During the entire week, Dermot took care of our every need from coordinating with hotel staff, finding a good hospital for my wife and waiting in hospital parking lots for 6 hours at a time while I was with her. He helped me find a flight back to the States on short notice. Obviously, he never expected that he would have to fulfill these tasks but Dermot did them without complaint. He truly was god sent.

We came back again in 2014 and because of the great care and attention we received the prior year we wanted D.B. Custom Tours Ireland to show us Ireland and we definitely wanted Dermot to be the one to show us; and we weren’t disappointed. This time we spend 12 wonderful days in Ireland seeing Killarney, Kinsale, Cork, Dublin, Cong, and Shannon. We saw the obligatory sights you see when you go to Ireland but Dermot also made sure we visited and met the locals of small towns along the way. Having done this for 28 years Dermot knew the country, the locals and the wonderful little, out-of-the-way places. He made it a trip worth waiting for and we will be back. I now consider Dermot my friend.

- Erik & Helen Nelson, Lansdale, Pennsylvania (September 2014 & September 2013)

Nee Family, Delaware, USA
We spent eight wonderful days in Ireland during the summer of 2014. There were 10 of us including all five of our grandchildren ages 12 to 20. My main goals for the trip were that the grandkids have a great time together and that they go home with love and respect for both the country and the people. All was accomplished.

I’d highly recommend using D.B.Custom Tours Ireland, and having a personal driver guide made all the difference.. The trip by design was planned to be flexible enough so we could adjust what we wanted to see and do each day. As a result we saw and did some things we never would have put on our agenda.

- Nee Family, Delaware, USA (August 2014)

Vicki and Tom Malone, Madison NJ
We are home and I’ve never been so tired;-) We keep telling family and friends about our adventures in Ireland and we can’t stop smiling. You made our trip so special, with your wonderful secret spots, and warm welcomes from all of your friends along the way, no matter if it was at the local pub, or the best secret spot for Irish Stew!. We feel so lucky to have had the good fortune to travel with you and to be introduced to your beautiful country with your great suggestions for our “highlights trip”. It didn’t take long (maybe 2 hours) for you to know exactly what we’d like, and what we wouldn’t mind missing. Your stories and knowledge of the area made even our longest trips seem to take minutes. You made sure we maximized every moment of our trip.

We are grateful for the short time we spent with you. We know that we were treated like one of your family, not only by you, but by everyone who knew you along our journey. We hope to return to Ireland with the kids next time, and we can see yet another side of Ireland. We know we would be in good hands with you, and we would be lucky to get to spend time with you again.

Thank you for giving us such wonderful memories, and for helping Tom celebrate his “special birthday” better than he could ever hope for!

- Vicki and Tom Malone, Madison NJ (July 2014)

Mike and Patricia Schaefer, Phoenix, AZ
mike-patricia-schaefer-ireland-tour-july-2014It’s been close to 2 weeks since we have been home from Ireland. We can’t brag enough how wonderful we were treated by Tony our driver guide (believe me…I have told everyone about D.B.Custom Tours Ireland). Tony listened and joked with us as if we were all family yet remained absolutely professional when we needed to be somewhere or he was concerned for any of our needs. Tony took us places away from all the many tour buses as well as many of the normal tourist sites. His dinner recommendations were splendid and he even helped with a few pub choices to keep us out of trouble.

There wasn’t anything we did not love! And we did get to participate in Falconry at Ashford Castle. Meeting Sean Daly at Dingle Crystal and seeing him create his designs impressed us. We were treated absolutely lovely throughout our entire holiday. I asked Tony so many questions about just life in Ireland in general such as costs of living, salaries of normal working people, taxes and even schooling of kids. He just teased me but always answered with a twinkle in his eye. He and Mike talked car stuff too. It was very hard leaving Ireland, so much history, passion, and stories. Tony really made the trip a dream come true.

- Mike and Patricia Schaefer, Phoenix, AZ (July 2014)

Barbara Luke, Colorado, USA
barbara-lukeI attribute our fabulous ten days in Ireland to Dermot, as our tour guide, your educated facts blew me away. Your organization and exceptional attention to details, coupled with your humor, made for an amazing vacation. In all your passion for the history and people of your country was outstanding, you made history live. Our accommodations and your choices of eating establishments were also outstanding. As I observed the other tour guides on our tour I am convinced D.B. Custom Tours Ireland is the best. It made all the difference between a trip to Ireland and a trip of a lifetime!

- Barbara Luke, Colorado, USA (June 2014)

Dan & Kathi Keck, Yashima, Washington (2nd returning visit)
keck-groupOn May 26, 2014, eight USA citizens (four married couples) arrived in Shannon, Ireland. We boarded an almost new 9-passenger motor coach stocked with snacks and beverages. Our golfing tour began in Shannon, Ireland then through Northern Ireland and ended in St. Andrews, Scotland. We stayed at the Old Course Hotel and played three rounds of golf including The Old Course. An added bonus was that our tour guide and driver was Mr. Dermot Buckley, Jr.

During our entire journey, all travelers were highly impressed with the outstanding accommodations, including the two nights at Dromoland Castle, (we wanted to stay for a week). The golfing arrangements were above par as Mr. Buckley personally talked to each golf course senior caddie master to assure us the most knowledgeable caddies. Mr. Buckley made all restaurant recommendations and reservations. We were very pleased with his choices for us. He arranged several impressive sightseeing side tours, while all along narrating a history of Ireland. Mr. Buckley was more than willing to change our itinerary on short notice to accommodate our requests. We call it “plan B”. At all times he was very professional.

In summary, all 8 people who traveled on this golfing journey commented that it was above and beyond their expectations. Over and over again comments were made like “this is awesome” and “this experience is great”. One person who has traveled the world said, “Now this is the way to travel”.

Thank you D. B. Custom Tours Ireland

- Dan & Kathi Keck, Yashima, Washington (June 2014)

Judy Coon, Colorado, USA (3rd returning visit)
judy-coon-groupDermot, You are “simply the best”, but I’ll try to say more. I appreciate the immense amount of assistance you gave us with a group whom were so very diverse. We ranged in age from 9 – 83. Each activity was of interest to ALL. The eleven days flew by. You were able to quickly and efficiently alter plans for us when necessary. It was amazing. You were there to assist each person, “personally”. I don’t know how you did that! Your sense of humor is something we all enjoyed. We all loved you dearly. Many thanks!

To sum it up –

D = Distinctive
E = Exceptional
R = Rare
M = Magnificent
O = Outstanding
T = Top-Notch

Love and hugs to you.

- Judy Coon, Colorado, USA (June 2014)

Zarah Coulter, Alberta, Canada
Dear Dermot, Thank you for making my Ireland visit into a dream vacation. Your knowledge, wit, humor and attention to details were very impressive. Thank you for a very memorable trip. Best regards.

- Zarah Coulter, Alberta, Canada (June 2014)

Jim & Tina Sherbert
Again, thank you for being such a gracious and informed host during our visit to both Ireland and Scotland. Your personal attention to detail, and more importantly, your ability and willingness to “dig in” and drive corrective actions when conflicts or mistakes were made by hotels or eating establishments was impressive. Everything came off seamlessly with little involvement from us, making this a very hassle free two week trip, in spite of our broad based agenda.

- Jim & Tina Sherbert (June 2014)

Paul Flynn & Family, Michigan, USA (4th returning visit)
This was Paul’s 4th trip with Dermot, but the 1st for the rest of us. Our 9-day family trip to Western and Northern Ireland was spectacular! Dermot was amazing – his knowledge of local history, his familiarity with the local people, lodging, activities and restaurants really made the trip for us. He truly cares about making the experience a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip for each person. He makes adjustments quickly when necessary, and his quick wit is unbelievable! We were either intrigued with the stories he was telling, or in hysterics at all times. We had great craic!! We’ll definitely be back – next time will be Eastern and Southern Ireland. Can’t wait! Thank you Dermot!

- Paul Flynn & Family, Michigan, USA (June 2014)

Dr & Mrs Jerry Garrett and Ken & Tina Arndt, Baltimore, USA
garrets-arndtsJust a note to thank you for arranging such a marvellous trip for The Arndts, my husband and myself! We will never forget the wonderful experiences we had, the great and gracious Irish people we met along the way and our very entertaining driver guide, Tony. Unbelievable weather, (thank God for aircon) the fabulous places we visited, our accommodations, EVERYTHING!! What a BEAUTIFUL country! We appreciate all you have done to make this trip everything we hoped for! Once again we had a most wonderful time and we will hold my Irish heritage in our hearts forever! Warm regards, Carol and Jerry Garrett

- Dr & Mrs Jerry Garrett and Ken & Tina Arndt, Baltimore USA (June 2014)

Greg & Mary Jo Schiffman and Paul & Katie Trone, Seattle, USA
schiffman-tronesWe went on a trip of a lifetime to Ireland. Our driver guide Dermot was fantastic. It was great to experience Ireland with Dermot as he is personal, professional and, as the Irish say, “we had mighty good craic!”. We can’t wait to come back. This time will be forever remembered.

- Greg & Mary Jo Schiffman and Paul & Katie Trone, Seattle, USA (May 2014)


Alan & Cathy Mills, Portland, USA
A huge thank you to D.B.Custom Tours Ireland for so many things: Promptness, professionalism and flexibility. Along with that was just how easy things were for us – everything was taken care of – check in at hotels, luggage, never standing in a line, snacks and drinks on the coach. Flexibility when we wanted to veer from the itinerary. It made for a trip of a lifetime. We’ve already referred friends to DB Custom Tours Ireland

- Alan & Cathy Mills, Portland, USA (May 2014)

Tim Kincannon, South Florida, USA (2nd returning visit)
tim-kincannon-testimonial-2Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! I want to thank you for such a wonderful time. I got home safely last night and can’t wait to tell people today I was at St. Patrick’s grave three days ago. My second trip with you as my guide was such another a great experience. From our first morning at Galway Bay, to Kylemore Abbey and around Connemara we went on to Donegal where I got to experience the natural beauty that is Slieve League and Achill Island. From Glenveagh National Park and the coast near Tory Island we went on to visit both cities of Derry and Belfast where I learned so much history. We finished with Giant’s Causeway, St. Patrick’s grave, Newgrange and the sight of the Battle of the Boyne. I just want to say you are a fantastic tour guide. You are so knowledgeable and make the trip so fun and enjoyable. I can’t thank you enough for the experience and the great craic we shared. You are the ultimate professional!!! All the best to you and I will see you soon!

- Tim Kincannon, South Florida, USA (March 2014)

Dennis J. Murphy, Canton, Georgia, USA
dennis-j-murphy-family-ireland-tour-march-2014Ireland is an amazingly beautiful country and your company’s tremendous care and service made it all the better! Our tour of Ireland was one of the best family vacations ever and the itinerary you crafted especially for us was nothing short of perfect. From the quality of the vehicle, to the selected accommodations to the guidance on restaurants in every city (as well as a few places to find a perfect pint of Guinness or Murphy’s) — every detail was exceptional. As for our driver, DJ, if he’s not already designated an official “Irish Treasure,” he should be! He was the finishing touch that helped create great memories that will last a lifetime! All in all…the trip was “Great Craic!”

- Dennis J. Murphy, Canton, Georgia, USA (March 2014)

Murphy Family, New Smyrna Beach, Florida USA
murphy-family-florida-ireland-tour-2013Our experience far exceeded our expectations. By exceeding, we mean: Starting with the personal phone response to my inquiry; the responsiveness of setting the itinerary; the built in flexibility along the way; the accommodations; the set meals and pointing out options for our own choice, we are somewhat overwhelmed with the many experiences we had.

We cannot adequately express how our driver Mick contributed to our visit, being with him as our guide was fantastic. He made some variation to our itinerary that allowed some free time for shopping that we had not adequately considered. We had to laugh looking back at our original planning thinking we could do this on our own. How naive we were. We never considered a large tour option, and that wisdom was confirmed with what we saw of them. This is getting lengthy, but I could go on and on expressing our appreciation to your company and especially to Mick. I hope you know just how sincerely grateful we are for your time setting up our family tour. We did bring some business cards home with us and you can be assured that we will be recommending D.B.Custom Tours Ireland.

- Murphy Family, New Smyrna Beach, Florida USA (2013)

Diana Beresford-Kroeger – Wings Worldquest Fellow, Ontario, Canada
diana-beresford-kroegerDermot Buckley is a friend and compatriot of Ireland. He holds a unique lens into the vision of the country. As a master gilder craftsman and historian, his wisdom and knowledge travels the length and breadth of the Island of Ireland.

Mr Buckley works with D.B. Custom Tours Ireland I have been lucky to have been a member of a number of these tours. One was on a collecting trip for the flora of Ireland. As a scientist, I wanted to clone some of these most important global species.

More recently it was for a film based on my book, “The Global Forest.” Dermot did location scouting for the film and came up with the largest ancient Ogham stone in the western world.

Yes, you will enjoy his company. And yes, you will love his poetry. As an Irishman he will ride the wind off the mountains and the mist off the sea to keep you safe and comfortable. He is a man with a passion for his country in all its beauty, poetry, history and charm. He is a true Irishman.

- Diana Beresford-Kroeger – Wings Worldquest Fellow, Ontario, Canada (December 2013)

Glen Callan, San Diego, California

I’ve been to Ireland many times and had several drivers and none compare to Dermot (D.J.) Buckley from D.B. Custom Tours Ireland.

D.J. has tremendous knowledge of Ireland and coupled with his awesome sense of humour he makes a two week trip seem like a couple of days. His connections throughout Ireland, whether it’s golf, hotels, restaurants, pubs etc. are unparalleled.Bottom line, unless I have D.J. as the driver I don’t do Ireland. He’s the best!

- Glen Callan, San Diego, California (October 2013)

Steve & Sheila Persenger, Geneva, Illinois
We booked with DB Custom Tours Ireland after receiving 4 quotes for a private guided tour of Ireland. The tour was customized per our request and all of our questions answered within 24 hours or less. They reserved all the hotels and castle that we requested. Our trip was a fantastic experience which included the east coast, southern Ireland and the west coast in 10 days. Dermot was our guide who drove us through the countryside so that we could enjoy the landscape. Dermot became our friend and historian during this journey which we laughed along the way. We are lucky to have booked such a great company. They take care of your needs. Our next trip to Ireland will be with this tour company.

- Steve & Sheila Persenger, Geneva, Illinois (September 2013)

Mary Ellen Savory, Boulder, Colorado, USA
If you desire a stress-free, enlightening trip to beautiful Ireland, we highly recommend that you use D.B Custom Tours, as we recently did.
They are masters at arranging your itinerary, down to the smallest detail, and with wonderful accommodations.
Leave the driving to them in your private vehicle and with a private guide, so that you can absorb the glorious countryside & coastline, and historic sites, while learning Ireland’s history. Our guide, Paddy, oozed his love for his country, regaled us with many stories and myths and sang for us as well!
It was an exquisite trip and when we return, we will, of course, engage the services of D.B. Custom Tours again!

Thanks also, Dermot, for the tie tac. While there, my husband bought a tie with the Celtic symbol on it, so it will be a perfect complement.

- Mary Ellen Savory, Boulder, Colorado, USA (September 2013)

Marcia Fuller French, Fort Worth, Texas
Dermot Buckley was employed by me for a tour of Southwest Ireland. He was just a wonderful guide and very sensitive to my and my friend’s needs.

He is extremely well educated in Irish history and made it very interesting to my guest and me.

I would not hesitate to recommend his service. I would mention that safety, which is of great concern for me was always first in his attention and never did I feel that he was lacking in that area.

He is most enjoyable to be with. Thank you for great memories of your beautiful country.

- Marcia Fuller French, Fort Worth, Texas (June 2013)

Carol & Bruce Johnson, California
We have now both safely returned home and would like to thank you again for the very joyous trip. We have always enjoyed planning our trips and exploring new places on our own as independent travellers. However, we were intrigued by the opportunity to have a driver/guide (especially as driving in Ireland is a bit intimidating for Californians) while still maintaining our independence. We were very pleased with the results! DJ was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and was able to provide the historical context as well as logistical information. In addition, we appreciated his cheerful, friendly disposition and vivid sense of humour. To add to the experience, we felt very fortunate to have happened upon the Doolin Folk Music Festival (thank you for arranging for us to have tickets to the event) and to have received some complementary upgrades at Ashford Castle, which was already an amazing place and a highlight of our trip. Your constant attention to detail was noted and appreciated–it was truly a wonderful experience.

- Carol & Bruce Johnson, California (June 2013)


Cathy & Steve Holland, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Where do I start? I cannot express the professional, adventurous, down-right funny character of DJ, our driver for 5 days around Ireland. He is a gem and we were so lucky to have him. My husband is still talking about how happy he was that I hired a driver and we were over in Ireland back in June! DJ modified our trip to fit our needs and EVERYWHERE he took us we absolutely loved. We got to hear a spontaneous “session” in a pub on one of our stops and hung out there eating and listening to music for hours! Another one of our stops was St. Bridget’s Well where my husband left a special memento in honour of his father who passed away in 2003. I still get teary-eyed over that one! Every place we went, DJ reminded us to take our time and soak up all that Ireland has to offer. We never felt rushed. He was very informative and seemed to know everyone. A chorus of “Hi DJ”‘s were heard almost everywhere we went! My favourite parts were the little villages we visited and the warm and friendly welcome we received from everyone. Truly wonderful people!

We fell in love with Ireland, the people, the land, the Guinness, everything! We are definitely going back and will hire DJ for our next tour. I guarantee you’ll have the grandest time ever with this custom tour.

- Cathy & Steve Holland, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (June 2013)


Cindy Murphy, USA
We LOVED our trip!! Dermot Buckley with DB Custom Tours Ireland put the trip together for us and was also our driver. They were awesome to work with. We gave them an idea of what we liked — luxury hotels vs bed & breakfasts vs castles. We also talked budget. They built a trip for us and we tweaked it a bit before we left and then as we went. Having them do and drive our trip was by far the best money we spent. It made it truly a vacation where we could relax and enjoy. By the end of the trip, Dermot is now part of our family.

Not only did we get to go places off the beaten path, but we all learned more just in the car rides around the country side and talking to people in pubs, than on any tours of site seeing places. We can’t wait to go back. I have a sneaking suspicion that at least one of our kids might end up at school or working over there at some point. The trip made that big of an impression.

- Cindy Myrphy, USA (April 2013)


Gina & Peter Barnett, Vancouver, Florida, USA
I wanted to express our appreciation to the amazing trip that we had post our Variety Club Convention in Dublin… It was fantastic, and that is just an understatement…
The time that we spent was really meaningful, and our driver guide Martin was really great, his knowledge of Ireland was amazing, and our trip was most enjoyable.
Your knowledge of restaurants was outstanding in particular Fishy Fishy which excelled amongst all the great restaurants that we ate in.

Congratulations D.B.Custom Tours Ireland, you really did an outstanding job.

- Gina & Peter Barnett, Vancouver, Florida, USA (November 2012)


Maureen Magner Lewis, USA
This tour was more than I had expected, could not have asked for a better experience. “DJ” was terrific, I learned so much from him as we did the tour, so impressed with his knowledge of the history of Ireland and well as offering us so many options as we went along. His humor was great, he had us all laughing and i am sure we made him laugh, we are quite a group.

I most certainly would recommend your organization to others contemplating a tour and would tell them to ask for DJ.

Thank you so much my sisters and I will be talking about this for a long time.

- Maureen Magner Lewis, USA (October 2012)

Magner Family, USA
What can I say . . . we had a wonderful time!
My six sisters thoroughly enjoyed the whole Ireland experience and we could not have had a better driver! DJ was excellent – patient, accommodating, entertaining and so very knowledgeable about every aspect of Ireland. One of my sisters has a little difficulty getting around and I was so impressed how solicitous DJ was with her, making sure she did not miss out on any part of the sites and always thinking of her comfort. (Thank you again for securing the wheelchair – it was very useful.) The highlight of our trip was, of course, meeting up with our Magner cousins in Bansha and visiting some ancestral homes. Here again, DJ was so accommodating, making last minute adjustments to our schedule so we could spend the most time possible with our cousins. And I do believe they enjoyed meeting him as much as we did.
We all plan to return again – maybe not all together – but possibly with other members of our family and, you can be sure that we will be in contact with D.B.Custom Tours Ireland

I add my own personal thanks to you for your help and patience with the planning of our tour. You made it so easy for me and the “sisters” were quite happy with the way the tour evolved.

Again, many thanks.

- Magner Family, USA (October 2012)

Jill Thompson, San Diego, USA
D.B.Custom Tours Ireland made our trip to Ireland a memorable experience! Our guide, DJ, made us feel welcome from the start. He was knowledgeable about the areas we visited- he directed us to fantastic places to sightsee, dine and stay. He was attentive to our needs, interests and time schedule. We highly recommended using D.B.Custom Tours Ireland and will certainly use them on future trips.

- Jill Thompson, San Diego, USA (September 2012)


C. Spencer, New York USA
I entrusted D.B.Custom Tours Ireland to act as sherpa and shepered for the entire lot of my most precious family members from Canada, and we are all so happy we did. Their team’s local knowledge, ideas, and personal touch seemed to have a very meaningful impact on the quality of the trip overall. It reflected well on Dermot and well on Ireland as well.

- C. Spencer, New York USA (July 2012)

Kevin Cassidy
For three spectacular yet rain-filled weeks my three children and I travelled all around Ireland and Northern Ireland in June 2012. Dermot Buckley met us at the gate in the airport in Dublin and our adventure began. We were not quite feeling the effects of our flight (yet) and enjoyed a drive around Dublin in the early hours of a Saturday morning. We got a good overview of Dublin and then headed off to Glendalough and later the National Stud. Our first bed and breakfast in County Waterford was top notch, the rooms were awesome and the food spoiled us to this day. We continued every couple of nights down to Cork and Kerry and then up the west coast and across Ulster before arriving back in Dublin after three weeks. What I want to emphasize is that Dermot Buckley was the perfect mix of driver and friend on the trip. He was always there when we needed him and still left us to ourselves to enjoy our activities. We got to see more behind the scenes than I ever could have delivered driving myself as a young widower with three kids. I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation as a father and had none of the stresses of the driver and tour guide. I think what sums it all up is that Dermot personally saw us to the airport in Dublin and my 8 year-old cried and hugged him as we said our goodbyes. We are planning another tour with Custom Tours Ireland in 2015.

- Kevin Cassidy (June 2012)

Steve Wood, Classic England Tours
We have been working with D.B.Custom Tours Ireland and their driver guides for many years on behalf of our company, we and our client’s all think their guides and services are great, knowledgeable and very personable. Our clients cannot say enough wonderful things about D.B.Custom Tours Ireland and their guide’s knowledge. We are very, very pleased with all services and would recommend you and D.B.Custom Tours Ireland to anyone looking for small private driver guide tours in Ireland.

- Steve Wood, Classic England Tours (June 2012)

Rosenbaum Family, Cleveland Ohio, USA
What an amazing experience. Starting with the care and attention to detail to plan a trip that would be fun for teenagers to the final goodbye, this was an exceptional trip. Our guide Dermot Buckley Jr. charmed, educated and entertained us through ten days of castles, beautiful scenery, gorgeous colorful towns and the occasional bar or two. Our accommodations ranged from friendly guest houses, to the magnificent Cliff House hotel and the imposing and beautiful Ashford castle. DJ always had a perfect suggestion of places to eat, visit, dare I say Shop…. adding and modifying our trip as he got to know us to suit our kids ever changing requests. His suggestions were always perfect. We had great Craic (not what you think – but Irish fun) all day long with DJ. Our teenagers loved experiencing falconry at Ashford, horse riding, hiking to see a waterfall, archery and the music and culture of our evenings entertainment. We travel a lot and this turned out to be one of our favorite trips ever. We would recommend this trip, company and guide for a fun and really special vacation.

- Rosenbaum Family, Cleveland Ohio, USA (June 2012)

Hal McElroy, Trident Hotel, Kinsale, Co Cork
We have worked with D.B.Custom Tours Ireland for quite a number of years now. They book clients into the Trident Hotel and Kinsale and have always provided an excellent service to their clients. Their driver guides are very professional ensuring that clients receive the best of service and attention, they have endeared to the people they have worked with over this time. I wish Dermot and D.B.Custom Tours Ireland continued success and look forward to welcoming their clients back to the Trident Hotel.

- Hal McElroy, MD, Trident Hotel, Kinsale Co Cork (May 2012)

Petrie Family, Charlotte, North Carolina
My family hired Dermot as our personal tour guide for an eight day vacation in Ireland. Dermot came highly recommended by a close friend who had hired him for three previous tours of Ireland. From the very first email it was apparent that we were dealing with a professional. Dermot created a custom itinerary which included all costs, accommodations and reservations. He cheerfully (which is the best adjective to describe Dermot) revised this itinerary three times for us. He was there to greet us upon landing in Ireland and within five minutes of driving down the road had pulled over next to a hawthorn bush to tell us the legend of the bush and fairy rings. Our education into Irish lore and history had begun. And it never stopped. Dermot is a virtual encyclopaedia of Ireland! During the entire trip Dermot took care of every single detail. Everywhere we went his contacts were invaluable. These contacts resulted with daily, multiple experiences of interacting specially with local, wonderful people. We saw few “touristy spots” and many, many interesting, off the beaten track places. We knew we were being treated to seeing a different Ireland than most people who visit this beautiful country. We periodically strayed from our initial itinerary. As Dermot came to know us he suggested new places he thought would suit us better. By the end of our time with Dermot we knew we had found a new, wonderful friend that we were sincerely sorry to be saying goodbye to. We hope to go back and explore more of Ireland. And, of course, Dermot will be our guide! Top notch all the way.

- Petrie Family, Charlotte, North Carolina (September 2011)

Judy Coon, Greater Denver Area, USA
Dermot is synonymous with EXCELLENCE. Every aspect of our trip to Ireland was outstanding due totally to Dermot. He knew how to think “outside the box” We were to visit the Dingle Peninsula one day and because the weather was not the best, he adjusted our schedule and did not waste our time driving out and seeing nothing. He has contacts everywhere and LISTENS to what you personally may be interested in.. Dermot arranged every part of the trip from accommodation to activities to demonstrating his extreme knowledge of the Irish culture, Irish history and of Ireland itself. This made this trip one I will always be grateful for. I am CEO of an educational foundation and will be bringing it to Ireland. Who do you think I will call for Help – DERMOT! We are considering going again this spring. Another client of his gave me an outstanding idea – she called him while I was there, and asked if he would drive her in other European countries – I am definitely thinking that would be a GREAT idea. I count Dermot as part of my close family friends. Should anyone feel the need to speak in person to me, please feel free to email me – jcoon62650@aol.com
With much gratitude to you Dermot

- Judy Coon, CEO/Founder JDO Foundation, Greater Denver Area (August 2011)

Marlene & Pete Daks, Tampa Florida U.S.A.
Pete and I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful tour we had with D.B.Custom Tours Ireland and DJ as our guide. We feel we were able to go off the beaten path and see places and scenery in Ireland the average tourist would never get to see. DJ was an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable on all the different regions and beautiful places we visited. His recommendations on restaurants was extraordinary. We had the most wonderful meals every day.

We enjoyed everywhere we went and DJ was very flexible and was able to adjust our tour according to our interests. Ireland is such a Beautiful Country with Beautiful People. We will always have wonderful memories of our trip.

Thank you again.

- Marlene & Pete Daks, Tampa Florida USA (July 2011)

Robert Mattina, New Jersey, USA
Dear Dermot,

Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our tour. Paul was an excellent choice to guide us through Ireland. From the unexpected beauty of the Healy Pass, to our pints at “The Bridge”, everyone in our group was extremely pleased with the experience. Paul went the extra mile, quite literally, to guide us. Standing among the family gravestones near Roscommon was a highlight for all, and would not have been possible without Paul’s persistence. A lifetime memory for us all.

Thanks again so much. Sorry we couldn’t meet in person, but perhaps another time.

Our best regards.

- Robert Mattina, New Jersey, USA (July 2011)

Kevin Murphy, Meridian Investments
Dermot Buckley Jnr. is the Quintessential Ireland Tour Guide! His: expertise; humor; amiable manner; and his desire to make his clients’ vacations the “best ever”; identify him as the “Go To” Guy for any Ireland vacation. With Dermot at the wheel, one won’t get a flash tour of the highways and tourist traps of Ireland, but rather a personally planned, village-by-village, flexible, tour of what you want to see and do. He listens to his clients and recommends alternatives, as appropriate and depending on the weather, to ensure every moment of your vacation is how you want to enjoy it. His friends and business contacts throughout Ireland, whether they be in pubs, hotels, shows, museums, shops, business or touring centers, all combine to ensure your journey with Dermot will be everything you hope it will be and more! If we return to Ireland it will definitely be with Dermot and DB Custom Tours Ireland.

- Kevin Murphy, Meridian Investments Inc (July 2011)

Miguel Monteverde, Washington D.C.
Dermot Buckley Jnr. was our driver and tour guide for a 10-day exploration of Ireland in July 2011. If we had interviewed every tour guide in Ireland, we could not have selected a more professional, more reliable or more knowledgeable individual. As a driver, he was safe, skilled and exhibited a mastery of Ireland’s highways and byways that few could duplicate in their own backyard and he kept the vehicle immaculate, inside and out, throughout the course of the entire trip. As a tour guide, Dermot Buckley has no equal. He is a true student of his country’s history and has a great grasp of Ireland’s role in the contemporary world. He makes every minute of every day interesting and entertaining. If weather interferred with a particular day’s itinerary, Dermot always had a Plan B and a Plan C. Our Ireland trip under D.B.Custom Tours Ireland was an experience of a lifetime and I would commend and recommend their services to anyone interested in not only seeing Ireland, but in touching its heart and soul as well, they are simply the best.
I could not let another day pass without joining Susan in expressing our appreciation for the truly memorable introduction you gave us to your beautiful country. As someone who has spent a good deal of his professional life pouring over maps, schedules, key terrain and logistical issues, I can honestly say that I have rarely experienced such a well-planned and well-conducted tour. But it was so much more than that. We all returned home feeling as though we had been given a personal and priceless gift from the Buckleys to the Murphys and Monteverdes – more than just a visual tour of unforgettable places and things, but a heartfelt connection to our heritage and that of our own country.

Tour books are filled with descriptions and illustrations of wonderful and interesting sights, but it is the personal interpretation that makes them meaningful and DJ is the master of that art.

DJ – Thank you for being a skillful driver, an insightful historian, an inveterate story-teller, an Irish patriot and an immediate good friend. You gave us the best vacation ever! Sláinte!

With deep appreciation for a memorable 10 days in a country where there are apparently no strangers.

- Miguel Monteverde, Washington D.C. (July 2011)

Nancy Conroy, Oregon, USA
Thank you so much for everything —especially for your patience with me – but most of all for choosing Mick as our driver/guide!!
People say that 13 is an unlucky number but for my 13th time to the most wonderful place on Earth, you gave us the best guide of all and the trip was perfect. I never thought any guide could be better than the one on my 1st visit. Obviously I was wrong! Mick is like a walking encyclopaedia–but even better because he doesn’t just give dry facts or sound like a recording, he tells it like a professional who knows the subject, and enjoys telling others in a way that makes us want to listen and learn about everything. He also has a great sense of humor, is helpful and seemed to really care about us and our needs and requests.

- Nancy Conroy, Oregon, USA (June 2011)

The Golden Girls, USA
Dear Dermot and all those with DB Custom Tours Ireland:

We wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip your company provided for us June 7-14th 2011

While planning our trip, we debated whether to use one of the ‘official’ large tour bus companies, to plan and drive the trip ourselves, or to use a private chauffeur company. As your company was so reasonably priced compared to all our other choices, we booked our trip with DB Custom Tours Ireland. After the first day of our tour, we knew we had made the right choice! We loved the flexibility D.B.Custom Tours Ireland offered (which one doesn’t get with the large tour bus companies) along with the peace of mind of having everything taken care of for us. (We certainly wouldn’t have been so relaxed had we had to drive those streets while trying to read maps and check on reservations!) And our driver Paul was very professional and so pleasant to be with. His help and personality made our trip so much more enjoyable.

Our hotel and B&B accommodations were excellent, a concern beforehand since our group was odd numbered and most of us had never traveled outside of the U.S. before. Someone who had traveled with one of the large tour bus companies the year before had warned us how repetitive and tasteless the meals in Ireland were. Your company proved her wrong! We were happily surprised to find that the meals we had while touring with your company were exactly the opposite.

Our sightseeing experiences were spectacular. Paul our driver was very knowledgeable and took such good care of us. We didn’t have to worry about a thing, as your company had everything planned out for us. Yet we never lost the feeling of being in control of our own vacation. We got to do all of the well known sights we wanted to see plus a private castle viewing too! Even though our group does not all have the same interests, everyone went home happy.

This was our best vacation ever and it was due entirely to DB Custom Tours Ireland. Every aspect of dealing with your company, from planning to completion, was a pleasant experience. As five friends, we waited for ten years to be able to have a special vacation together. DB Custom Tours Ireland truly made it a trip of a lifetime.

Thank you so much from all of us,

Kerry Bruley, Jodi Cook, Heather Haag, Mara Halverson, and Chris Heighway

- The Golden Girls, U.S.A. (June 2011)

Monika & Cyrill Haering, Basel, Switzerland
We spent a marvellous week in Irish May.
Due to the accurate preparation with D.B.Custom Tours Ireland we could see all the places important to us. Especially culture and nature.
With our very good driver Michael we were independent and he was great in adapting unexpected situations due to weather, storm and so on.
We are experienced cultural travelers so we can confirm that also the relation price-cost was reasonable.
Individual preparation for individual visitors.

- Monika & Cyrill Haering, Basel, Switzerland (June 2011)

The Flynn Family, U.S.A., 4th returning visit
Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our 9 day trip through Ireland. Your service was exemplary, advice sagely (even if you did have to repeat it a couple of times), and patience endless. Lodging and travel was first class and very well planned out. Really appreciate you getting us off the beaten path. We’ve done quite a bit of guided travel over the years and we can truly say you are one of the best.

Kindest regards and good craic!

The Flynn Family

- The Flynn Family, U.S.A., 4th returning visit (May 2011)

Paul Flynn, Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan
D.B.Custom Tours Ireland provide outstanding service, DJ is incredibly knowledgeable, flexible and customer focused. He does all this with a great, fun loving attitude. We have used him on two separate 9 day trip to Ireland and will use him again and would not even consider using anyone else. Highly recommended.

Paul Flynn – Senior Vice President at Chase Bank

- Paul Flynn, Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan (May 2011)

Tammy Campbell, Texas and Minnesota April 2011
I am so sorry that it has taken this long to get around thanking you. I have not forgotten a thing from our trip. I am sure you remember the wild 5 of us from America. 2 of us were from Texas and the other 3 from Minnesota. You sang us a song in our vehicle and then in Nire Valley down the road at the cool little pub down from the Farmhouse. We had the little leprechaun doll and we had named him Dermi?

DJ, you were fabulous. You live in a wonderful country and since a child I have so looked forward to seeing Ireland. You made my dreams come true and more. Thanks for being so gracious and a true gentleman.

You were a gentleman and even more, a great sport. We were a handful too. You were so punctual every day and always greeted us with a cheery smile. You were a wealth of information of your beautiful country. We learned a lot. Thanks.

If I can ever get back there, and God willing I do, you will be the first we look up for another tour of Ireland. I so thank you. It was really hard to say good-bye in Dublin. I sincerely thank you for making this trip all the more special and safe. Thanks.

- Tammy Campbell, Texas and Minnesota (April 2011)


Dr. Carolyn M. Callahan, University of Virginia
After considerable searching and checking we contracted with DB Custom Tours Ireland. Dermot was extraordinary in service and reliability. He took care of all arrangements and was honest and upfront in providing full information. Throughout our tour he was informative, insightful and humorous! He took us to places we never would have uncovered on our own and drove on roads I never would have tried to negotiate so that we could see parts of Ireland other tourists overlook.. Overall…a great investment!

Dr. Carolyn M. Callahan

- Dr. Carolyn M. Callahan, University of Virginia (August 2010)

Roy Delp, Florida U.S.A.
Dear Dermot,
My wife Maryellen and I have returned to our home from our trip to Ireland. We want to thank you and D.B.Custom Tours Ireland for making our Irish experience a joy beyond our expectations. You were true to the promises made on your web site including the comfort of your touring vehicle (we never felt cramped and you were able to load easily all of our luggage), the flexibility of your itineraries (you made adjustments according to our needs and desires including off-the-beaten-track shopping), and the quality of your selected overnight accommodations (we always had a good night’s sleep plus wonderful Irish breakfasts).
However, the most important memory we will have of our tour will be the personalized service by DJ as our guide. His awareness of our needs, both physical and intellectual, and his thorough knowledge of Irish history and culture made this excursion both comfortable and enlightening. I will recommend your services to my friends and colleagues and wish you and your company continued success.

Roy Delp
Retired Professor of Voice Florida State University College of Music Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A.
Former President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.

- Roy Delp, Florida U.S.A. (June 2010)

Paul Flynn, Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan
flynn-family-with-sean-ryanDermot, just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our second 9 day trip through Ireland with D.B.Custom Tours Ireland. Your service was exemplary, advice sagely and patience endless. Lodging and travel was first class and very well planned out. Really appreciate you getting us of the beaten path. We’ve done quite a bit of guided travel over the years and we can truly say you are one of the best.

Kindest regards and good craic!
The Flynn Family

- Paul Flynn, Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan (May 2010)

Al & Sandy Cosner, U.S.A.
Hi Dermot,

Our trip to Ireland was fabulous. Our driver, Dairmuid, did an excellent job of going out of his way to make our trip more interesting. Ireland is very beautiful. We want to thank you for planning such an informative and educational trip. We enjoyed our trip emmensely, the accommodations were great and the food was delicious. Thanks again. Keep in touch.

- Al & Sandy Cosner, U.S.A. (April 2010)

Thurman & Karen Shurtleff, U.S.A.
Dermot:

I apologize for waiting so long to say this; but I must tell you it was because I had a hard time finding the right words to express my thoughts as well as they should express them. Your driver Dairmuid was absolutely phenomenal. His knowledge of Irish history and his ability to communicate that knowledge was exceptional; it was superb!! I have never had a more pleasant experience touring a foreign country than I did on our tour with Dairmuid. He was congenial; he was timely; his sense of humor was unbelievable and he took care of the smallest of details and he knew just where to go to maximize our enjoyment. I’m still in a daze of enjoyment over that trip. Of course thanks to you for organizing such an eventful tour. Everything was as perfect as one could want.

It is our hope we get a chance to visit you and your country again someday!

- Thurman & Karen Shurtleff, U.S.A. (April 2010)


Patrick S. Donahue
Thanks to everyone for their work in putting together the trip of a lifetime for our family. The accomodations, logistics and planning were superb. Every day was an adventure with Dermot as we saw ” the real Ireland”. The best decision we made was to leave all the driving to you guys. The value of this approach was priceless. We saw an Ireland that only the locals know and were always in the right restaurant or pub to fit the occasion. We could sit back and enjoy the scenery and not worry about whether we were going in the right direction. This approach and your company get my highest recommendation.

Again, thanks for handling everything in the most professional manner. Cant wait to do it again. All the best.

Patrick S. Donahue
Pres./CEO
Donahue Schriber Realty Group

- Patrick S. Donahue, (December 2009)

Tim Kincannon, Miami U.S.A.
Hey Dermot,

Yes we all made it home alright. Sorry I didn’t write sooner…I haven’t felt like doing much these last three days..I’ve had bad jet lag. I still have laundry from the trip I haven’t done.

I’ll spare you a sappy thank-you letter only because I know you already know what a great trip we had and how much it meant to me that my mom enjoyed herself. We all really had a great time. Everything was so much fun. You made it a blast. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

I will be going to work tonight and telling all the guys about the patches at the different pubs…and I will be sure to tell them about the garda hat…but before I do go to work tonight.

I’ll talk to you later, my friend.

- Tim Kincannon, Miami U.S.A. (December 2009)

Kincannon Family, Florida U.S.A. December 2009
Dermot,

Marge was just sitting at the computer ordering the ‘SEA OF DREAMS’ and thinking of what you might be doing at 9:45 on a friday night in LIL O’ IRELAND……….we have a hunch!!!!!!! Sorry we didn’t get back to you earlier. NO EXCUSES but tired as hell. Can’t seem to get back to a regular schedule. We’ve been waking up at all hours, probably could use a shot or two of JAMESON OR IRISH COFFEE before bed.
We can’t wait to get our pictures and video all in order. Everyone here has been asking us all about our trip. Those that have been to Ireland are amazed at everything we did and saw. The others are hoping for the opportunity to get there some day. One couple got to the Cliffs of Moher and saw nothing because of the fog. We promised to show them our pictures or they’ll just have to go back.

We’ll never be able to thank you enough for making us feel so welcome. We all enjoyed your company and couldn’t imagine our trip without you…………let alone the expert driving……absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Special???? There must be a better word but let’s just say we had a tremendous amount of craic.

THANK YOU……….You will always be in our thoughts and prayers Dermot!!!
Hope you and your family have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

Sincerely, Mike and Marge Kincannon

- Kincannon Family, Florida U.S.A. (December 2009)

Charles Murphy & Family, U.S.A.
Hi Dermot

Our experience far exceeded our expectations. By exceeding, we mean: Starting with the personal phone response to my inquiry; the responsiveness of setting the itinerary; the built in flexibility along the way; the accommodations; the set meals and pointing out options for our own choice; Mick’s knowledge and interpersonal relationship with us; and the many points of interest he showed us along the journey with historic references.
We were delighted to meet you and your family in Glasha and the boys enjoyed the games of pool. We were in Ballina and saw the wonderful area of your home. What a great place to live.
If we have any problems in the post visit it may be tying the many photographs taken with where we were. I think we tied everything together with the help of Mick. We are somewhat overwhelmed with the many experiences we had. We can not adequately express how Mick contributed to our visit. Being with him as our guide was fantastic. He made some variation to our itinerary that allowed some free time for shopping that we had not adequately considered. That turned out to save us on our return with some expression of appreciation to the rest of the families for letting the boys make this visit. Mick also took a little time to show us some places of interest and where they were located relative to our hotel so we could do some things in the evenings on our own. No small contribution to helping us in unfamiliar surroundings.
We had to laugh looking back at our original planning thinking we could do this on our own. How naive we were. We never considered a large tour option, and that wisdom was confirmed with what we saw of them.
This is getting lengthy, but I could go on and on expressing our appreciation to your company D.B.Custom Tours Ireland and especially to Mick. I hope he knows just how sincerely we are grateful for our time with him.
We did bring some business cards home with us and you can be assured that we will be recommending clients to you.

Slan,

Charles Murphy and Family

- Charles Murphy & Family, U.S.A. (October 2009)

Pat Flynn, Dallas Fort Worth
My last trip to Ireland was the best one ever, even though I was raised in Dublin as a little tyke, there were parts of Ireland that I did not know existed until we hired D.B.Custom Tours Ireland and DJ. His knowledge was outstanding and never being to the North of Ireland he showed us what we were missing for so many years. He is truly a professional guide, pleasant, has a great voice, funny, knowledgeable, extremely accommodating, tells a great story and knows everyone in Ireland and the best places to go for fun, food and a great nights stay. He is a very careful driver and he keeps his equipment in top notch shape and we were all very comfortable in his couches and in his care. Highly & strongly recommendable!

- Pat Flynn, Dallas Fort Worth (September 2009)

Blair LaCour
The Honorable Dermot Buckley,

Sorry for this late note, but Linda and I just returned from our travels in Europe and Russia. I simply want to say thank you for all that you did during our visit. Your professionalism, patience, and your outstanding sense of humor were very much appreciated. The people and the beautiful countryside will be memories that will truly last a lifetime for my three boys and me. I would also say that when Linda and I return to Ireland to trace her Irish roots, your fine company will be getting a call, and our preference would obviously be to have you as our driver. Dermot……you simply did an outstanding job. Thank-you so very much. Until we meet again……

Cheers & God Bless,

Blair LaCour

- Blair LaCour (August 2009)

Romano Richetta, Austin, Texas
D.B.Custom Tours Ireland are by far the best Tourist agent we have ever had. We spent two weeks in Ireland under Dermot’s assistance and we were completely satisfied with his services. Dermot is now a part of the family. Glad to provide more details if needed at rorichetta@yahoo.com

Romano Richetta
Senior Vice President and COO at TIAA-CREF

- Romano Richetta, Austin, Texas (July 2009)

Buzz Jacoway & Family, Tennessee U.S.A.
Hi Dermot

Mindy, Delaney and I could not have been more pleased with our recent trip to Ireland. Everything was handled as you said it would be. All the accommodations were perfect but there was one item that vastly exceeded our expectations. That was our guide/driver,Paudy. By the second or third day of the trip it seemed were a family. He taught us so much not only about what we saw but even more about the history of your great country and the people who helped make the history. Delaney still tells Mindy and I every night how much she misses Mr. Paudy. The country side was beautiful and the people were so nice. I really didn’t know what to expect but we have decided this was probably our best vacation ever. It was also a pleasure running into you and being able to talk and put a face with a voice. Your company is extremely professional and it was a pleasure dealing with you. We hope on future trips that if we don’t go to Ireland we will check with you to see who we should contact. Our friends, the Regan’s, said that they had got with your man in Scotland and set up a day tour or something. I’m sure they’ll have the same wonderful experience that we had. Thanks again for a great trip and Delaney is already telling her friends about all the Fairy things she saw.

- Buzz Jacoway & Family, Tennessee U.S.A. (June 2009)

Mary Ritten & Family, Minnesota
Greetings, Dermot,
We are safely home, warm with memories of an absolutely perfect trip. The accommodations were first-rate, a variety of contemporary and cozy, all most comfortable. We even had wonderful scenic views from almost every room. The hosts at these inns are so gracious and the meals were fantastic. What a welcome we felt there after a long day’s journey. The itinerary suited our sensibilities wonderfully well and Mick was always most accommodating and helpful in choosing alternatives to the originally scheduled stops. We especially enjoyed our time at the Ulster American Folk Park–so well done and so interesting for this American whose ancestors are McAdams and McFarland. All of the Rittens, young people included, had just a marvelous time. They spent a bit more time in the pubs after dinner enjoying a pint and the great music while us old folk enjoyed our comfy beds.

Dermot, thank you for so quickly arranging one of our best trips ever, we will recommend you to all of our friends who might be visiting Ireland. If we ever return to Eire, you’re sure to hear from us. Who would go with any other tour company when they have already experienced the BEST?! Many thanks.

Love (and my heart), Mary Ritten

- Mary Ritten & Family, Minnesota (May 2009)

Reginald E.G. Ash III, Lt Col, USAF
Hi Dermot

I had a wonderful tour with Aiden. He picked-up my parents and me at Dublin airport, showed us the highlights of Dublin, followed by a tour of the Irish country side. Aiden’s knowledge of Irish history, customs, and geography (including the best pubs) were fantastic. Your recommended farmhouse B&B in Waterford was exceptional! Our tour was especially memorable thanks to Aiden’s willingness and ability to adapt to our ever changing requests…in mid-tour we asked to visit different towns and regions…at least twice. He made it all happen with a smile.

- Reginald E.G. Ash III, Lt Col, USAF (April 2009)


Kincannon Family, Florida U.S.A.
Dermot,
Marge was just sitting at the computer ordering the ‘SEA OF DREAMS’ and thinking of what you might be doing at 9:45 on a friday night in LIL O’ IRELAND……….we have a hunch!!!!!!! Sorry we didn’t get back to you earlier. NO EXCUSES but tired as hell. Can’t seem to get back to a regular schedule. We’ve been waking up at all hours, probably could use a shot or two of JAMESON OR IRISH COFFEE before bed.
We can’t wait to get our pictures and video all in order. Everyone here has been asking us all about our trip. Those that have been to Ireland are amazed at everything we did and saw. The others are hoping for the opportunity to get there some day. One couple got to the cliffs and saw nothing because of the fog. We promised to show them our pictures or they’ll just have to go back.
We’ll never be able to thank you enough for making us feel so welcome. We all enjoyed your company and couldn’t imagine our trip without you…………let alone the expert driving……absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Special???? There must be a better word but let’s just say we had a tremendous amount of craic.
THANK YOU……….You will always be in our thoughts and prayers Dermot!!!
Hope you and your family have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

Sincerely, Mike and Marge Kincannon

- Kincannon Family, Florida U.S.A. (December 2008)

Stephen & Karen Lanigan, U.S.A.
Dear Dermot

We are writing to let you know of the outstanding service we received from you. We were not your typical travel group. We were a total of 12 adults and an infant. Two of the adults had health problems and required special assistance. From golf arrangements to dinner reservations, your expertly covered every detail. Your kindness and patience was greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. Thanks this was truly a once in a lifetime trip. We will highly recommend D.B.Custom Tours Ireland to anyone that is planning an Ireland trip.

- Stephen & Karen Lanigan, U.S.A. (October 2008)

David Katzman, Greater Los Angeles
Dermot,
Dennis & I wanted to thank you once again for all of your help in the planning of our Ireland vacation. We had a truly fabulous time. The sightseeing was terrific from beginning to end, thanks to a great itinerary. Of course, we could not have asked for a better guide than Paudy. He tailored the tour to our interests at every opportunity, making suggestions all along the way, as he got to know us and our areas of interest. Paudy had so much great information to share that he really made the country come alive for us. We can’t imagine the trip without him – which, I suppose, is the best compliment we can give!

Many many thanks.

- David Katzman, Greater Los Angeles (September 2008)

Tauber Family, New York U.S.A
Hi DJ,
How’s the craic?
Just wanted to drop a line and attach some photo’s of us with you during our trip and one of my favorite family ones. (so you cannot forget our beautiful faces).
Also, to let you know how lucky we were to have your as our guide. I could not think of a better match for my family. You managed to fit right in with all our personalities and become part of the family. Without you there we may never have made it out of Dublin, let alone made it all 11 days in a car together by ourselves…..Jeff may have been the first one voted out of the car! We all appreciate your wealth of knowledge, your humor, making sure we were properly fed every hour, making sure Keith and Evan always had a Guinness in hand, being flexible with our ever changing schedule, and most of all your company. You made our trip to Ireland truly special, enjoyable and memorable for all of us (Evan is still working on Riverbounce) and we want to thank you.
You have a gift and we are so happy that we got to experience it.
Hopefully, you will take that NY trip soon.

Love,
Jeff, Michele, Evan, Courtney and Keith

- Tauber Family, New York U.S.A (August 2008)

Wes Balakian, Dallas Fort Worth U.S.A.

- Wes Balakian, Dallas Fort Worth U.S.A. (March 2008)


Debbie Cassel, Turnberry Travel, Ohio
Dear Dermot,
I wanted to take a few minutes to Thank you and your staff for a wonderful experience in booking your “Discover Ireland” tour for 3 of my elderly clients.

I was approached to put together a Chauffeur Driven Ireland Itinerary for 3 travelers, this being a gift from the children of the travelers. All details were to be secret until just before the trip departure.

This type of trip was a delight for me and the “Booking” of my entire career with 28 years as a Travel Agent.

I, of course, researched the various Tour Operators very thoroughly. A lot goes into planning a trip and seeing to every detail to ensure the “once in a lifetime experience” you hope your valued clients receive. From the very beginning of my research, your services and staff just stood out above all the rest.

Your thorough knowledge or Ireland, your professionalism and timely communication were exactly what I needed to put this trip together with the budget of the family and the areas of Ireland they wanted to experience.

It was a delight for me to have a part of this celebration with this family. Once my clients returned from your tour, they just “beamed” of Ireland and all this country has to offer us all! How exciting it was for me to hear them go on and on telling me every detail of this wonderful trip and mostly on how well they were taken care of.
I thank you again, Dermot, for this experience and for your care and personal touch to make this a truly “trip of a lifetime” for my clients.

Sincerely,

Debbie Cassel
Travel Counselor
Turnberry Travel

- Debbie Cassel, Turnberry Travel, Ohio (October 2007)

Ditza Katz, Barry Saltsberg & Ross Lynn Tabisel
Dear Dermot,
We had been back home for three weeks now but the memories are as fresh as if we have just departed the Emerald Isle. You transformed what could have been a ” standard” chauffeured tour of Ireland into a memorable experience. As we read the other testimonials on your website we realize that to write ours would just repeat what was already said over and over, YOU ARE THE BEST. So again Thank YOU for the best photo opportunities, for giving us a taste of your country and its people, for accommodating our ever-changing wishes, for showing us the heart of the country away from tour buses and tourists, for the hunt for Sheela-na-Gigs, and for making it all look so easy and cool.

Please give our contact information to prospective clients who wish to chat with us about our experience prior to booking their trip with you. We will be delighted to do that for you.

Phone: 516.576.1118
Email: doctors@womentc.com

Ditza Katz, PT, Ph.D
Barry Saltsberg, R.A.
Ross Lynn Tabisel, LCSW, Ph.D

- Ditza Katz, Barry Saltsberg & Ross Lynn Tabisel (July 2007)


Karen Gindroz President, Gindroz and Company Inc.
Dear Dermot,

I could not recommend the services of your company more warmly. Quotes have always been offered quickly and professionally. Once booked, last minute changes (that always happen!) have been handled appropriately and with a sense of humor. And….most important… our clients, whether using driver guide services or transfers ALWAYS come home with smiles on their faces and wonderful comments about your friendly and efficient drivers. Our business includes all of Europe and we only wish all ground service providers were as easy to work with as you are. Thanks Dermot!

Karen Gindroz President

Gindroz & Company Inc

- Karen Gindroz President, Gindroz and Company Inc. (October 2006)

Tom & Kathy McNamara, New York U.S.A .
My husband and I just recently got back from a trip to Ireland. While planning our trip our children had done some research on the internet and found D.B.Chauffeur Service Ireland. It was the best decision we could have possibly made when we choose to use them to be driven around Ireland. Our driver Dermot Buckley Jnr. went out of his way to make our trip the most enjoyable and memorable possible, he spoiled us the entire week. Hotel reservations were made in advance and dinner reservations were made after he suggested some of the good places along the way to eat, we were able to sit back and enjoy the countryside and relax, I know that we were able to see many places we would have never found had we been driving. The places we went to and the people we met along the way will never be forgotten, in fact I plan to stay in touch and hopefully we will be able to bring the entire family back to Ireland. We have already told our friends what a great experience it was, and I know that when they plan their trips they will be wanting your services.

Thank you again Dermot for a trip of a lifetime.

- Tom & Kathy McNamara, New York U.S.A (October 2006)

Nick Bousfield, McAfee Inc.
Dear Dermot,

I would like to thank D.B. Chauffeur Service Ireland for the prompt, professional, and accommodating chauffeur service you provided to us during the 4 days of our conference in Ireland. Your drivers were very courteous, and accommodating to our last minute flight delays/changes. I would have no hesitation in recommending D.B. Chauffeur Service Ireland to colleagues and friends.

Once again thank you, you made my job as an events organiser/PA a lot easier.

- Nick Bousfield, McAfee Inc. (July 2006)

Nancy, Brittany & Pauline
Hello Dermot,
We made it home but really miss Ireland, we all had such a wonderful time. We all came to the conclusion that this was the best vacation any of us have had, and it was all because of you. I can’t thank you enough for all of your planning and making sure we were comfortable and well taken care of. Everyday was a good mix of scenary, historical sights, exploration and relaxation. I can’t say enough about how pleased we were with your services, not one moment of disappointment. We are planning a trip to Ireland in 2 years and we will be contacting you when the time comes.

Thank you so much

Nancy, Brittany & Pauline

- Nancy, Brittany & Pauline (May 2006)


Kevin M. Blanchard, Rhode Island
Dermot,
Just back from Ireland and I wanted to tell you what a fabulous time we all had. Gerry our driver was suburb and gave us grand days of touring and a very special detour to Clifden Castle we have nothing but good things to say about Gerry, his kindness and helpfulness were second to none. Thanks to both of you for helping us make this the very best of our three trips to Ireland, as well as a memorable first trip for our friends Hobson and Beth.

Again many thanks, we will definitely book D.B.Custom Tours Ireland in the future.

- Kevin M. Blanchard, Rhode Island (October 2005)

Marraine Davis, The Travel Shoppe, Wilson, NC 27896-1623
Dear Dermot,

Well your ears must be burning off, the girls could not have raved enough about you. They had the most fantastic time ever and would go back to Ireland tomorrow. You really showed them everything and without you the trip just would not have been the same. You are a true gem for Ireland and now for the ladies of North Carolina, I cannot thank you enough for all that you did for them they are and will be talking about this trip forever, it has been a treat for me to get to know you by phone and email and you are “number one” in my book. You can be assured if I have anyone interested in Ireland you will be contacted first. Again thank you for your kindness and good humour I am forever grateful for your fabulous service.

- Marraine Davis, The Travel Shoppe, Wilson, NC 27896-1623 (May 2005)

Beth McKinney, Marie Berrmann, Maria Cherry, North Carolina, USA
Dear Dermot,
On behalf of my mother, my sister and I, I wanted to thank you again for the incredible tour of Ireland. I felt so very lucky to have had my introduction to the Emerald Isle through your company. I have always felt a strong need to see Ireland and my trip truly felt like coming home in some way. I will never forget standing in the living room of an elderly Irish woman’s home and seeing her picture of her grandson who was a firefighter at Ground Zero on 9/11 and then being allowed to explore the ancient beehive huts in her side yard. Meeting all the people that you introduced us to and taking us to places off the beaten track made it a trip of a lifetime, I cannot wait to come back to Ireland with my son. The opportunity to listen to excellent Irish music in a pub, linger at an Abbey, eat excellent pub grub and simply being able to stop and gape in wonder at the beauty of Ireland made the trip a dream. I now refer to myself as Irish American and tootle around my small Southern town listening to Irish music and holding my head a little bit higher knowing a lot more about where I came from, the craic was mighty and I wish I was there. Thanks again for everything, especially the Gaelic quotes that are so very helpful in my particular line of work as a lawyer.

- Beth McKinney, Marie Berrmann, Maria Cherry, North Carolina, USA (May 2005)


Admiral James M. Loy, US Department of Homeland Security
To whom it may concern,

This recognizes the extraordinary services of Dermot Buckley Jnr. We were a party of four adults (one with a cast on her leg) that Dermot drove around Ireland for two weeks. He added immeasurably to the sucess of our trip. First, in his role as a driver, he was efficient, knowledge and conscious first and always for our safety. Irish roads often left a bit to be desired, and he navigated them without incident thruout the two weeks.

Second, he added a great menu of opportunities daily. We had planned our trip carefully and had a good idea as to what we wanted to do and see. Dermot offered each morning a game plan for the day that included all of our ideas and then offered several others that could be worked into the day because of his depth knowledge of his homeland. Each day was played out with a great combination of planned and impulse events or places that we encountered.

Lastly, Dermot was an endless source of historical context, answers to our endless questions and even personal suggestions for us to consider. He never tried to insist we do things, only to offer a menu from which we could fill the day. He suggested ideas as to sights, pubs and restaurants and soon grew to know our tastes and expectations.

All in all, I recommend Dermot Buckley Jnr. highly as a proud Irish driver. His integrity, work ethic and performance causes me to offer this testimonial without reservation and there is no doubt that I will call Dermot when we return to Ireland.

- Admiral James M. Loy, US Department of Homeland Security (August 2004)

The Metcalfes & Dimonds, Colorado Springs
Dermot,

Our trip to Ireland was one of the best holidays we have ever had, what a beautiful country Ireland is and we feel we saw the most and best of it because of you were our guide, driver, and entertainment. We so much enjoyed all of the special things you did to make our visit so memorable. You our new friend are a true professional and your enthusiasm for your country, your job and life in general is infectious. So Dermot please except our sincere expression of appreciation for making our Ireland experience so memorable. Please let me know if you ever get to the US, we would love to show you around our corner of the world.

Thanks for the Memories

- The Metcalfes & Dimonds, Colorado Springs (June 2004)


Daniel, April & Kate Piazza, Naperville, Illinios U.S.A.
Dear Dermot,

We would like to thank you for a truly wonderful vacation. Our trip to Ireland was fabulous because you planned every detail from the roads we traveled on, to the restaurant we dined in, right down to the beautiful views we had from our many hotel rooms. We especially want to thank you for making the trip not only memorable for us but also for our six year old daughter, Kate.

Our driver, Paul was brilliant! He not only drove us safely through the winding roads (and boy do they wind) of Ireland but taught us about Irish history all along the way. He was a wealth of knowledge and patiently answered all of our questions. Paul was sensitive to all of our needs and made Kate feel like a fairy princess. It’s hard to make a trip interesting for a young child who is either strapped into a car seat for many hours or touring a 12th century church but Paul certainly succeeded in doing so. By the end of the trip you would have thought Paul was Kate’s long lost Irish uncle! And ours too for that matter.

This was our first experience in hiring a chauffeur service and as the trip drew near both my husband and I experienced some trepidation. I am happy to say that any fears we had harbored were all for naught. Your attention to the smallest of details and Paul’s professional but warm work ethics allowed us to completely relax and enjoy our vacation. We would not dared to have hoped for a perfect trip and yet that is exactly what we got. Our expectations were greatly exceeded and we would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone traveling to Ireland. As a matter of fact, my parents are planning their trip with you as I write this.

Thank you again for a wonderful vacation and for showing us Ireland in a safe, comfortable, and most enjoyable way.

- Daniel, April & Kate Piazza, Naperville, Illinios U.S.A. (June 2003)


Scott Wales & Family, Nortel Networks
Dear Dermot,
We sit here writing this letter totally overwhelmed and in awe of your presentation of your precious country. What a place to be proud of and you show it with every breath. Our trip has been so grand that words cannot describe it.

Thank you for a wonderful tour of Ireland. Your pride and love of your country is so refreshing and inspires us to love it as well. You definitely made our trip, and in many aspects exceed all of our expectations.

Thanks for your patience and attentiveness in doing this type of tour. From showing us ruins and castles to driving the guys around to the golf courses and putting up with their banter, you kept your sense of humour. We greatly appreciate that.

We can now look back on our trip to Ireland with fond memories and feel we made a friend for life. If we ever make it back to Ireland we will definitely give you a ring. If you and your family ever make it over to Dallas, we would love to see you. Thanks for everything, we will place our moments and pictures in a special place and will tell all who will listen about the many treasures of Ireland, it was an awesome trip.

- Scott Wales & Family, Nortel Networks (August 2002)


Linda Cahill, American Museum of Natural History
Little did we know when three friends decided to tour Ireland that the sucess, fascination, and joy of our trip would have depended so much on the extraordinary knowledge of the country and the kindness and understanding of our needs demonstrated by our guide and driver DJ of D.B.Custom Tours Ireland.
We were together almost a week, and toured towns, cities, villages and the countryside. Our travels each day were enriched by his suggestions, knowledge of the road and the adventures we had would never be found in any tour book. He is a wonderful driver, and totally reliable in everyway. Thank you for all you did to make it a very special trip, we all want to come back soon. In sum, I would recommend Dermot Jnr. without reservation. I do hope that we will have the opportunity of meeting Dermot again to continue to explore the wonders of this lovely country, Ireland.

I spoke to my brother, he and his golfing buddies are planning a golf tour in Ireland, and I told him that I had just the company to handle everything.

The music is wonderful, as the memories.

- Linda Cahill, American Museum of Natural History (September 2001)

Susan G. Greenwood, Green Technology Group, LLC
Dear Dermot,
What a fabulous week. Our tour of your incredible and magnificent country was everything I had hoped, and we are most gratful to you for taking such wonderful care of us, your high degree of professionalism and your lovely and caring personality are a special combination. The trip was terrific and your abilty to do all that we wanted to do is a great talent.

We certainly understand why you are so successful Dermot, and you can be sure that we will send all our friends and associates to you to plan visits to Ireland. I have only been home one day and have already recommended you to several friends and family members and told them you have a thorough knowledge of the country in addition to being a delightful guide.

One of the highlights for me was the pleasure of being with you and getting to know you a bit of your country through you. You are a beautiful soul with very special personal qualities and we are most fortunate to have the pleasure of knowing you.

Please stay in touch and know how very much we appreciate your thoughtfulness and what you did for us.

With affection and warm wishes.

- Susan G. Greenwood, Green Technology Group, LLC (September 2001)

Susan Eschmann
Dear Dermot,
Just wanted to drop you a thank you letter for a most wonderful vacation, we have memories for a lifetime of a truly beautiful country. We are all so happy we choose to take a chauffeured tour, with only the six of us we were able to pick and choose the sites we wanted to see and the times spent at each, we could never take a large coach tour again. The hotels were all very nice and our tour guide Michael was very informative. After experiencing Ireland’s roads we were relieved not to have driven. Once again from all of us, thank you for such a memorable trip.

- Susan Eschmann (June 2001)

Steve Mechanic, New York U.S.A
During our visit to Ireland, we were fortunate to enlist the services of Dermot Buckley Jnr. from D.B. Custom Tours Ireland. I just want to personally thank you for all the extra effort you put into making our golf trip in Ireland memorable, fun and successful.

I can say without hesitation, that the sucess of our trip was a direct result of your efforts. Your co-ordination of our travel arrangements to golf courses, local knowledge and unflagging professionalism was outstanding. I cannot imagine taking another trip to the Emerald Isle without tapping such a tremendous resource. I have and would highly recommend anyone going to Ireland to book your services.

- Steve Mechanic, New York U.S.A (June 2001)


Christine Harney & Family, Texas, USA
Dear Dermot,
I’ve been meaning to write to you since we got back, but I’ve been traveling for work every week, I do apologize We had a fantastic time in beautiful Ireland, and traveling with D.B.Custom Tours Ireland was the way to go, our driver David was friendly, funny, and quite informative. We visited Dublin, Waterford, Galway to name a few, we met many of the locals and they were all so friendly and interesting. We also visited the sites you suggested but kept our schedule flexible which was fantastic. We could not have planned a better, more relaxing, worry free trip on our own. We also wanted to thank you and David again for re-organizing our last two days itinerary at the last minute, the accommodation you found us in Mullifarm was great and the restaurant there served us one of the best meals we had all week. We had a great time and will be calling you to plan our next trip to Ireland, we’ve also recommended you to some of our friends. Thank you again for your hard work planning a fantastic trip and being so friendly.

- Christine Harney & Family, Texas, USA (September 2000)

Mary Meyer, Tennessee, USA
Dermot,
I wanted you to know we all arrived safely home, no problems except for a couple delayed bags. The trip was wonderful, I can safely say that we all enjoyed every moment from my seven-year-old son (who told us he thanked God during Sunday Mass for our trip to Ireland) to my 85-year-old 100% Irish mother-in-law who climbed all the way to the top of Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. The route was perfect a nice mix of scenery, castles, towns and museums, and the hotels were very comfortable (particularly our suite in Lahinch). We liked having the hotels in the towns so that we could walk and visit the shops, restaurants all while getting a flavor for life in Ireland. Michael our driver also was a very important part of our trip, he made it easy for us and with his quick wit, very enjoyable. His knowledge of the areas and his commentary on the places we visited and the people we met were great. If anyone mentions to us there heading to Ireland, you will be our first recommendation

- Mary Meyer, Tennessee, USA (July 2000)

Ronald & Carol Frederick, Naperville, Illinois, USA
Dear Dermot,

My wife Carol and I had long planned a dream vacation in Ireland, our challenge was the method in which we would plan to see this fabled country. We didn’t want to spend this once in a lifetime adventure on a tour bus, I being a man thought I should rent a car and drive, being sure I would be able to see the terrain as well as adjust to the other side of the road conditions. Carol on the other hand held a completely opposite view. It was then that our daughter April highly recommended D.B.Custom Tours Ireland Ireland that she used in a recent tour in Ireland. We took her advice and from that moment on our trip to Ireland became the dream we so long planned for. Immediately after contacting him Dermot sent us a complete itinerary of our proposed two week visit. He chose all the hotels, dining venues, and points of interest. At once our minds relaxed and we could concentrate on the sheer enjoyment our vacation was promising, Mr. Buckley’s mantra was, ” plan to be pampered” and he made it a reality. In short the trip was fabulous, the hotels, castles, and manor homes were outstanding and the restaurants were first class, we did not have one undesirable moment. To make matters even better we were completely taken charge of, in every accommodation, restaurant, or point of interest we were escorted in and introduced us as his valued clients and asked that they take special care of us, and they did. Dermot has an extensive hold on the ancient and modern day history of Ireland and was only to glad to share it with us, this enabled us to further enjoy the interesting and wonderful sights he had in store for us. He took us to places that ordinary tours do not go and this was evidenced by us rarely seeing tour buses. In closing we can clearly state that our dream trip to Ireland was everything and more than we could have expected, D.B.Custom Tours Ireland made this possible. Had I executed my original thoughts about the visit we would have never experienced the full flavor of Ireland as we did, even sweeter not only did we have the time of our life, but we gained a friend for life.

- Ronald & Carol Frederick, Naperville, Illinois, USA (April 2000)

Daniel B. Lynch Snr, New York
Dermot,

My family and I would like to thank you for everything you did for us. Without your expert and courteous services we would not have enjoyed our first vacation to Ireland. You have turned our special moment into a lifetime memory for all of us. No worries,no problems, and specially worry free. I would not hesitate to recommend your company and services to anyone that would like to visit Ireland and enjoy every precious moment.

For a week we had another member in our family and his name is DJ. For a lifetime we have made a new friend. If you ever come to New York, please do not hesitate to contact me as we would have you and your family join us.

May God bless you and yours.

- Daniel B. Lynch Snr, New York (April 2000)


Wagoner Family, California, U.S.A.
Our family would like to thank Dermot Buckley Jnr. for everything he did during our 14 day tour of Ireland, all the extra special touches he really went above and beyond to make us feel like family and to make sure we had a truly wonderful holiday.He was kind, considerate, funny, and just plain fun to be with. He made sure we were all having a good time which is just amazing when you consider he had three generations of females to try and please – a 7, 18, 44, and 68 year old.
His knowledge of Ireland and its history was amazing, and the places he took us to were all extremely enjoyable. Not only was his personality and knowledge impressive, his driving was impeccable. He was prompt and always ready for the days adventure. He did an incredible job and we could not of asked for anyone better. We will remember our trip fondly and him always.

- Wagoner Family, California, U.S.A. (October 1999)

Fero & Hannon Family
Dear Dermot,
Thanks ever so much for your time and talent, I really enjoyed all the little side trips of the itinerary. My favorite story was the leprechaun sighting, my favorite place was the picnic site, favorite entertainment you my friend. Ireland is beautiful, the scenery,people,& places will be forever in my heart. You have truly spoiled us for any other tour we will ever take. No one could think ahead as you and plan behind the scenes so flawlessly. Everything you’ve chosen for us to do has been awesome, suited to our special needs.

There isn’t a thing we would take back from the trip, we never had to think or wonder just go along for the ride, that was my fondest hope when I first dreamed of bringing my Dad to Ireland ( besides finding somebody to answer his endless questions ) we could sit back and take it all in. You were right there every step, be it walking into the pub and finding us a great seat, showing my dad the Leprechaun, to suggesting high tea, to helping my Mum with the door & seatbelt each time, to showing us the amphitheatre on those awesome back roads.

Most loved was you, being yourself and a friend, unafraid to joke, tell a story and freely sharing all you are with us, we felt in you we met and experienced the real people of Ireland. We wish you and yours the best always, it was a blessing knowing you.

- Fero & Hannon Family (September 1999)


Brian Griffen, Sharptext Ltd.
Chauffeur Service for Sharptext. Ltd.
Over the past 4 years we have used D.B. Chauffer Service for all our corporate and specialized transport needs- some quite demanding. I must say we have never been left wanting. The service provided is very professional while being friendly and flexible. Most of our executives travel abroad quite regularly and from time to time come back with some bad experiences from the so called global company’s.

I’m pleased to say our decision to use D.B.Chauffeur Service has never been in question once. We highly recommend this service from Dermot Buckley and D.B.Chauffeur Service.

- Brian Griffen, Sharptext Ltd. (June 1998)


Peggy Kerr, California, U.S.A.
Dear Dermot,
Thank you for showing us Ireland as we always dreamed of seeing it. As you know, we were in Dublin six years ago, tried driving ourselves around, and did’nt really know where we were going. We feel very fortunate to have found you for our second visit to your lovely country. Having you as our tour guide and driver was a wonderful experience. We could relax and truly enjoy our trip. You showed us everything we asked to see as well as places we never would have found on our own.

You made us feel comfortable and at ease immediately upon making your acquaintance. Always professional, you took care of our needs including hotels, nice places to eat, and interesting places to see. The five of us really enjoyed your comfortable van, felt totally safe with your driving, and your knowledge of the history of Ireland was most enlightening. We enjoyed your company and have happy memories of our travels with you.

The pictures are great, and we’ll send some soon. Thanks for a great time- and best of all, thanks for your friendship. We’re looking forward to another trip with you before too long.

- Peggy Kerr, California, U.S.A. (May 1997)



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    Diana Beresford-Kroeger

    Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Wings Worldquest Fellow, Canada

    Dermot Buckley is a friend and compatriot of Ireland. He holds a unique lens into the vision of the country. Yes, you will enjoy his company. And yes, you will love his poetry. As an Irishman he will ride the wind off the mountains and the mist off the sea to keep you safe and comfortable. He is a man with a passion for his country in all its beauty, poetry, history and charm. He is a true Irishman.

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    Barbara Luke

    Barbara Luke, Colorado, USA

    I attribute our fabulous ten days in Ireland to Dermot, as our tour guide. Your organization and exceptional attention to details, coupled with your humor, made for an amazing vacation. Your passion for the history and people of your country was outstanding. You made history live! Our accommodations and your choices of eating establishments were also outstanding. As I observed the other tour guides on our tour I am convinced D.B. Custom Tours Ireland is the best. It made all the difference between a trip to Ireland and a trip of a lifetime!

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    Judy Coon

    Judy Coon, Colorado, USA

    Dermot, You are "simply the best", but I'll try to say more. I appreciate the immense amount of assistance you gave us with a group whom were so very diverse. We ranged in age from 9 - 83. Each activity was of interest to ALL. The eleven days flew by. You were able to quickly and efficiently alter plans for us when necessary. It was amazing. You were there to assist each person, "personally". I don't know how you did that! Your sense of humor is something we all enjoyed. We all loved you dearly. Many thanks!

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    Steve Mechanic

    Steve Mechanic, New York, USA

    During our visit to Ireland, we were fortunate to enlist the services of Dermot Buckley Jnr. from D.B. Custom Tours Ireland. I want to personally thank you for all the extra effort you put into making our golf trip in Ireland memorable, fun and successful. I can say, without hesitation, that the success of our trip was a direct result of your efforts. Your co-ordination of our travel arrangements, local knowledge and unflagging professionalism was outstanding. I cannot imagine taking another trip to the Emerald Isle without hiring you and would advise anyone going to Ireland to book your services without hesitation.

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    Tim Kincannon

    Tim Kincannon, South Florida, USA

    I just want to say you are a fantastic tour guide. You are so knowledgeable and make the trip so fun and enjoyable. I can't thank you enough for the experience and the great craic we shared. You are the ultimate professional!!! All the best to you and I will see you soon!

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    Dan & Kathi Keck

    Dan & Kathi Keck, Yakima, Washington

    Our golfing tour began in Shannon, Ireland through Northern Ireland and ended in St. Andrews, Scotland. During our entire journey all travellers were highly impressed with the outstanding accommodations and new 9-passenger motor coach stocked with snacks and beverages. All 8 people who traveled on this golfing journey commented that it was above and beyond their expectations. Over and over again comments were made like "this is awesome" and "this experience is great". One person who has travelled the world said, "Now this is the way to travel".

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    Dr & Mrs Jerry Garrett and Ken & Tina Arndt

    Dr & Mrs Jerry Garrett and Ken & Tina Arndt, Baltimore, USA

    Just a note to thank you for arranging such a marvellous trip! We will never forget the wonderful experiences we had, the great and gracious Irish people we met along the way and our very entertaining driver guide, Tony. Unbelievable weather, (thank God for aircon) the fabulous places we visited, our accommodations, EVERYTHING!! What a BEAUTIFUL country! We appreciate all you have done to make this trip everything we'd hoped for! Once again we had a most wonderful time and we will hold my Irish heritage in our hearts forever!

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    Greg & Mary Jo Schiffman and Paul & Katie Trone

    Greg & Mary Jo Schiffman and Paul & Katie Trone, Seattle, USA

    We went on a trip of a lifetime to Ireland. Our driver guide Dermot was fantastic. It was great to experience Ireland with Dermot as he is personal, professional and, as the Irish say, "we had mighty good craic!". We can't wait to come back. This time will be forever remembered.

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    The Flynn Family

    The Flynn Family, Michigan, USA

    Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our 9 day trip through Ireland. Your service was exemplary, advice sagely (even if you did have to repeat it a couple of times), and patience endless. Lodging and travel was first class and very well planned out. Really appreciate you getting us off the beaten path. We’ve done quite a bit of guided travel over the years and we can truly say you are one of the best.

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    Rusbuldt & Oxley Families

    Rusbuldt & Oxley Families, Virginia, USA

    If you're looking for the BEST tour company in Ireland, go no further than D.B. CUSTOM TOURS IRELAND!! Our trip was perfect from beginning to end. Our tour guide was extremely professional, knowledgeable, had a great sense of humour and was a great driver, too! Everything was planned and taken care of before we even left the States! If we were running behind on time, and needed to change our itinerary, NO PROBLEM. DJ always had some awesome alternative. If you're planning a trip to Ireland, onsider booking with DB CUSTOM TOURS IRELAND. You'll be glad you did!!

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    The Magner Family

    Magner Family, USA

    We had a wonderful time! My six sisters thoroughly enjoyed the whole Ireland experience and we could not have had a better driver! DJ was excellent - patient, accommodating, entertaining and so very knowledgeable about every aspect of Ireland. We all plan to return again and you can be sure that we will be in contact with D.B.Custom Tours Ireland. I add my own personal thanks to you for your help and patience with the planning of our tour.

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    The Murphy Family

    Murphy Family, USA

    Ireland is an amazingly beautiful country and your company's tremendous care and service made it all the better! Our tour of Ireland was one of the best family vacations ever and the itinerary you crafted for us was perfect. From the quality of the vehicle, to the selected accommodations to the guidance on restaurants in every city (as well as a few places to find a perfect pint of Guinness or Murphy's) every detail was exceptional. As for our driver, DJ, if he's not already designated an official "Irish Treasure," he should be! He was the finishing touch that helped create great memories that will last a lifetime!

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    The Tauber Family

    Tauber Family, New York

    Just to let you know how lucky we were to have you as our guide. I could not think of a better match for my family. You managed to fit right in with all our personalities and become part of the family. Without you there we may never have made it out of Dublin, let alone made it all 11 days in a car together by ourselves! You made our trip to Ireland truly special, enjoyable and memorable for all of us. You have a gift and we are so happy that we got to experience it.

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    Jim & Tina Sherbert

    Jim & Tina Sherbert, with Keck Group

    Again, thank you for being such a gracious and informed host during our visit to both Ireland and Scotland. Your personal attention to detail, and more importantly, your ability and willingness to "dig in" and drive corrective actions when conflicts or mistakes were made by hotels or eating establishments was impressive. Everything came off seamlessly with little involvement from us, making this a very hassle free two week trip, in spite of our broad based agenda.

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    Patrick S. Donahue

    Patrick S. Donahue, President, Donahue Schriber Realty Group

    Thanks to everyone for their work in putting together the trip of a lifetime. The accommodations, logistics and planning were superb. Every day was an adventure as we saw “the real Ireland". The best decision we made was to leave all the driving to you guys. The value of this approach was priceless. We saw an Ireland that only the locals know and were always in the right restaurant or pub to fit the occasion. This approach and D.B.Custom Tours Ireland get my highest recommendation.