Mervyn has a deep appreciation of the history, geography and cultural heritage of the area and of its social and economic challenges. He is able to relate this to other parts of Ireland that he knows well; Dublin, the Boyne Valley and Glendalough in Wicklow,, which is close to where he grew up. He shares his knowledge and insight in a unique way on his personalised tours, which mostly take place in North Roscommon, Leitrim and Sligo but can range much further afield. Now a qualified Regional Tour Guide, Mervyn has extensive work and life experience and has been centrally involved in the development of a range of innovative projects, programmes and organisations in the voluntary, public and private sectors over many decades. One such programme won the Taoiseach’s award for Public Service Innovation.
The rolling hills and lakelands of the area and the beautiful and almost empty beaches nearby make this a good place to have a complete break from the world. Joan has over 30 years experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist and is a member of IAHIP, the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. She can help guide you in relaxation and meditation approaches and ensure that your visit leaves you renewed and refreshed.
Hugh MacConville is an internationally recognised landscape photographer based in Sligo. His work famously captures the magic moments of light that are a feature of the ever-changing landscape of the West. Hugh has been exploring this landscape for more than 40 years and he has developed a deep understanding of the moods and changes in the land. Ever passionate about photography, he enjoys sharing that passion and encouraging other people to begin the journey of photographing this magical landscape.
Sam Moore is an archaeologist with a keen interest in prehistory in general and Irish passage tombs specifically. He has a considerable depth of knowledge concerning the archaeology, history and mythology of the North West of Ireland. Sam lectures in archaeology at the Institute of Technology, Sligo and is completing a PhD at NUI Galway on the Carrowkeel/Keshcorran passage tomb complex in Co. Sligo. He has written or contributed to a considerable number journals, local history articles, books and guides. His main interest lies in past landscapes and human interaction with them; and the biography or ‘life-history’ of monuments.
Asmeret ran the Red Sea Café in Athlone before focusing on carework. Her love of cooking continues however and, for people who are interested in Ethiopian food, she organises Supper Clubs so that they can experience the joy of East African food cooked with the finest Irish ingredients and served in an intimate atmosphere. A meal with Asmeret is as much a cultural as a culinary event. Now the proud holder of Irish citizenship, and learning to drive large public service vehicles, Asmeret truly believes in Heaven & Connacht.