With Grand Circle since 2005
99% of travelers rated their experience with Barbara excellent
"Barbara exceeded expectations on every level. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, wit, and humor added to the enjoyment and enrichment of the travel experience. Truly excellent!"
–Carole Awad, 6-time traveler, Tampa, Florida
Born in: Dublin, Ireland
Resides in: Tullamore, Ireland
Languages: English, Irish, French, and German
Hobbies & Interests: Walking, golfing, reading, cooking, and interior decorating
Get to know Barbara:
Growing up in Ireland was wonderful. It’s a fantastic country with a fabulous coastline, beautiful greenery, and hills, forests, mountains, oceans, and lakes. I had very friendly neighbors, great friends, excellent schools, and a terrific university life. My parents loved to travel and always took us, as children, in tow. We enjoyed holidays by the sea and the outdoors. My parents were very active and our days were filled with outdoor activities like walking, cycling, swimming, horseback riding, and picnicking.
My love of Ireland—and also my experience of life in the U.S.—helps me connect with travelers. Because I lived in the U.S. for a time as a travel agent in St. Louis, Missouri, I’m able to share Ireland with full knowledge to our American travelers, since I understand their interests and it gives me the ability to explain and highlight the differences in culture between the two countries.
I encourage travelers to watch local TV programs or read our newspapers, books, etc.—and then have discussions on these social, economic, and political topics. I am most proud of our Irish hospitality, and tell travelers to go to pubs and restaurants and engage with the locals—even stand at bus stops and just listen to local accents.