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.
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.