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JEEPERS! A Tour of the South of Ireland with Máirtín de Cógáin!

Travel the South of Ireland with Máirtín!
Only 9 seats remaining – get yours TODAY and don’t you miss your chance to be on this adventure!

May 10th – May 17th 2024

7 Days/7 Nights

2 nights in Tralee, Co. Kerry,
2 nights in Kinsale, Co. Cork,
2 nights in Dungarvan Co. Waterford,
1 night in Dublin City Centre

Arranged through Máirtín Music, get your seat now by emailing

Your Tour Package Includes ALL of the following:

  • 4 Star Accommodations in The Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • 3 Star Accommodations in Blue Haven Boutique Hotel & The Park Hotel Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
  • 4 Star Accommodations in The Ashling Hotel, Dublin City Centre
  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Cork Driver Séamus Buckley
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily (except on day of arrival)
  • Group Welcome Dinner at The Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • The Great Blasket Centre
  • Jaunting Car Ride
  • Cruise along Killarney Lakes
  • Muckross House
  • Group Dinner at The Blue Haven Hotel, Kinsale, Co. Cork
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Old Midleton Distillery (if it is back open tbd)
  • Group Dinner at The Park Hotel Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
  • Walking tour of Waterford
  • Glendalough Visitor Centre 
  • Group Farewell Dinner at The Ashley Hotel Dublin City Centre
  • Entertainment and Insight from your host, Máirtín de Cógáin
  • A tour song book
  • Planned Nightly Pub Crawls and Music Sessions, Sing songs, and Storytelling!
  • Pre Tour Planning and Orientation, helping you to be absolutely prepared for your Ireland Adventure!

Please note all outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions, and that time, and circumstance may cause a change to our itinerary.

This Package includes all of the above, as well as:

  • DAY 1&2: The Rose Hotel Tralee, Co. Kerry 4* x 3 nights, 1 Dinner & 3 Breakfasts
  • Day 3&4: The Blue Haven Hotel, Kinsale, Co. Cork 3* x 2 nights, 1 dinner & 2 Breakfasts
    Winner of the Gold Medal Awards – Best Overall Family Hotel Group 2024 and Ireland’s Chef of the year, Head Chef Meeran 2024! 
  • DAY 5&6: The Park Hotel Dungarvan, Co. Waterford 3* x 2 nights, 1 Dinner & 2 Breakfasts
  • DAY 7: The Ashling Hotel Dublin City Centre, 1 night, 1 Dinner & 1 Breakfast
  • 5 star customer service from your host, guide and driver
  • Chauffeur driven Coach

Total Cost of Your Ultimate Tour Package:

$2,999.00 per person sharing*

Price of $2,999.00 per person is based on double occupancy, either twin beds or full sized bed.
Single room rates are available at additional costs.
No triple or quadruple rooms are available for this tour.
The price of $2,999.00 per person DOES NOT include the following:

  • Airfare to and from Dublin.  You are responsible for arranging and payment of your air travel.  Please arrange your arrival at Dublin on or before Friday May 10th 2024 and be in Dublin City Center BEFORE 9AM Irish Time.  If you arrive after this date and time, you are responsible for your own transportation to meet with the group. You should arrange for your return flight to United States from Dublin on or after Friday May 17th 2024
  • Gratuities for dining service and tour guides
  • Site fees, except for those explicitly detailed in this description
  • Travel insurance covering health issues, tour cancellation, tour interruption, and flight delays
  • Any and all expenses not explicitly expressed in this description


$800.00 deposit per person, is required to hold your spot are due to Máirtín Music on or before 3:00 pm PST, February 29th 2024, this is the last day to jump aboard.  Balance of $2,199.00 per person is due to Máirtín Music before 3:00 pm PST, Friday March 1st 2024, cancellations after this time will incur cancellation charges.
IMPORTANT: We HIGHLY RECOMMEND the purchase of a comprehensive Travel Insurance policy, in the event that you must cancel or interrupt your trip.  In the event of a cancellation, Máirtín Music will attempt to refund a portion of payments made to them, but cannot guarantee any return, as these funds have already been guaranteed to other service providers (hotels, restaurants, transportation, attractions, and sites).

Any further questions, contact:
Máirtín de Cógáin
Máirtín Music
+1-310-447-4839 (anytime just be sure to leave a message)

Here it is, the tentative itinerary for YOUR Tour of the Southwest of Ireland with Máirtín! (subject to changes, with comparable and equitable substitutions)

Departure Day: Wednesday the 8th (preferably) or Thursday May 9th 2024:  You will depart the United States airport of your choice for an overnight flight to Dublin Airport.  IMPORTANT: You are responsible for your own flight plans to and from Dublin Airport as well as into the city, the cost of which is not included in the Tour Package.


DAY 1, Friday May 10th: Welcome to Ireland! St. Bridget’s Tower, Adare Village & The Rose Hotel, Tralee. 

Our group will assemble at the Travelodge Plus Dublin City Centre, 44 Townsend Street, Dublin D02 DY01 by 9am on the Friday morning May 10th where you will be met by your host Máirtín de Cógáin & driver Séamus Buckley with your luxury coach which will be waiting to whisk you off on a wonderful 7 day and 7 night adventure around Ireland.
As soon as we are all aboard we will skip down south the road to the St. Bridget’s Round Tower in Co. Kildare. One of two accessible round towers in the country 

After a bit of lunch there we will keep going south and pop off the bus for a quick stroll around the thatched cottages and a cúpán tae in the quaint village of Adare, Co. Limerick.


We will then go on to the town of Tralee and our lodgings for the first two nights.  At The Rose Hotel, you are guaranteed a warm welcome, exceptional service, luxury accommodation and an experience that will bring you back for more. A 4-Star family owned hotel, The Rose Hotel is set against the magnificent backdrop of Kerry’s Slieve Mish Mountains with Tralee Bay sweeping in from the north, and positioned along the Wild Atlantic Way. You will be ideally situated for exploring everything the Kingdom has to offer, and conveniently located within walking distance of the town centre, perfect for sampling Tralee’s bustling mix of traditional music pubs, restaurants, cafés, and high street favourites.

After a group dinner at the hotel, you will be able to walk over with Máirtín to a mighty session  in town .

DAY 2, Saturday May 11th: Dingle, the Wild Atlantic Way

After breakfast we will board the coach and head west and drive over to the mythical Dingle Peninsula.
West Kerry’s stunning landscape and rich history offer visitors a wide range of scenic attractions, beauty spots and places of interest. Perfect for exploring, Dingle Peninsula always seems to have more places still to see on your next visit.

The Slea Head Drive is a 46 km loop beginning and ending in Dingle. It is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and one of the most spectacular routes you will drive in Ireland. You will find lunch at the Great Blasket Centre and look out to an island full of great authors. We might even take a small stroll to the most Westerly point of Europe, if the weather holds! Before we get back to the hotel you will have some free time to take in the town of Dingle. Tonight you will have time on your own to explore Tralee and find a great place for dinner with music to follow.

DAY 3, Sunday May 12th: Killarney, How Beautiful You Are! 

After a lovely breakfast the coach will be waiting to bring us to the town of Killarney where we see the grand Muckross House. If the weather is fine we will cruise across the Lakes coming back into town on a Jaunting Car. As time allows we will take in a bit of shopping about the town before heading onto Kinsale for a few nights at the Blue Haven Boutique Hotel Winner of the Gold Medal Awards – Best Overall Family Hotel Group 2024! Here we will have a dinner by Ireland’s Chef of the Year 2024, Head Chef Meeran. With a full belly we will head out for a night of music. 

DAY 4, Monday May 13th: A day in Kinsale
Today we will explore the ancient town of Kinsale. A visit to Charles Fort in the morning followed by a walking historical tour of the town itself before lunch. You will get time on your own to shop and rest and have dinner on your own before a Ghost tour of Kinsale and music to settle you down again for bed. 

DAY 5, Tuesday May 14th: Cobh, Cork Harbour, Midleton Cork Distillery

Pack your bags and be ready for a full day of adventures! Saying good bye to West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way you will now head over to East Cork and Ireland’s Ancient East. First stop will be at the Cobh Heritage Centre with a walk through the history of immigration of Ireland and the last port of the Titanic.
You will have time to find lunch and take in the town after which we will have a tour and a tasting at the Midleton Cork Distillery and come face to face with the world’s largest pot still on a memorable experience at the old distillery of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
That night we will have a group dinner at the family owned Park Hotel in Dungarvan.

DAY 6, Wednesday May 15th: Waterford City

Today we will go where many started their time in Ireland, Waterford City the oldest City in Ireland. Our guide will be waiting to walk us around the town. Find out where the Tricolor was first raised, why the Vikings set up camp here and why the Normans took the south first before storming Dublin. You will have time to take in the city as you find lunch on your own. You will then have the opportunity to take in the House of Waterford Crystal.

That evening after you have found your dinner back in Dungarvan we will have a night of music.

DAY 7, Thursday May 16th back on the road to Dublin

With your bags back on the bus we will head north onto Glendalough where you can wander off on your own and take in the wilderness. For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul


We will then say goodbye to our driver and check in to the Dublin Hotel for our last night together. That evening we will have the last supper together and a farewell singsong led by your host, Máirtín de Cógáin.

DEPARTURE DAY, Friday May 17th: Home, sweet home!

After Breakfast and check out, you will be off on your own again with Dublin Airport or rental car desk only minutes away.


About Máirtín –  Máirtín is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who also is a noted playwright and actor.  He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S…. and between and beyond, too!

An infectious personality, Máirtín pleasantly commands the attention of any collection of people, from a concert hall to an intimate porch.  Descended from a long line of storytellers and with two CCÉ All-Ireland’s for Storytelling under his belt, Máirtín gets no more joy out of life than the telling of stories.

When touring the globe with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, The Fuchsia Band, & Gailfean, Máirtín is also a true promoter of the Ballad.  He is searching ever for those forgotten songs of old to give them new life, and also writes some of his own.  Máirtín learnt from many famous Irish singers such as Danni Maichi Ua Súilleabháin, Séamus Mac Mathúna, and Ciarán Dwyer. A fluent speaker of Irish, his love of the ‘Teanga na Gael‘ stems from his parents, who brought him up in a bilingual house and sent him to primary & secondary schools taught in the medium of Irish.  Máirtín then earned a Degree in the Irish language from University College Cork.

If not on stage singing, storytelling, dancing, or playing the bodhrán, Máirtín is threading the boards as an actor, most notably in the film The Wind that Shakes the Barley.  He has co-written many productions with the Be Your Own Banana Theatre Company, recently playing De Bogman off-broadway in NY.

Máirtín has been playing the bodhrán for a long many moons, learning first from Eric Cunningham (The New De Danann) and later from Colm Murphy (The Old De Danann).

Growing up in a house full of dancing, Máirtín could not but help teach the steps at the family run Céilís from an early age, and a gifted teacher of Cork’s folk dances he is.  Máirtín makes friends wherever he goes.  In a very short time, Máirtín, the Fuchsia Band, and the “Project” have made themselves regulars at some of the most prestigious Irish festivals in the U.S. While now living in San Diego, he has taken up Sanke Charming & Bird Watching while not on the road and hopes one day for A Big Year!

And now, Máirtín is proud to offer this special tour of Ireland!  We hope you are able to join us for what is sure to be a grand event!




1.    Contact Máirtín by email at – This only PROVISIONALLY holds your spot.  Spots will be provisionally held in the order in which they are received by emails to Máirtín.
2.    Once you have paid your deposit by check or credit card, your reservation(s) is (are) at that time CONFIRMED and will be held for you pending your balance payment on Friday, Jan 19th. 19th 2024.
3.    After your deposit is received by Máirtín Music, you will receive an email from Máirtín welcoming you to the group.

Note: All Payments are to be made to:
Máirtín Music
PO BOX 1811
Poway, CA 92074

Deposit payments and payments on balance are non-refundable upon cancellation, unless another person can be found to buy your tour package.

IMPORTANT: We at Máirtín Music HIGHLY RECOMMEND the purchase of a comprehensive Travel Insurance policy through a travel agency or insurance carrier of your choosing, in the event that you must cancel or interrupt your trip. In the event of a cancellation, Máirtín Music will attempt to refund a portion of payments made to them, but cannot guarantee any return, as these funds have already been guaranteed to other service providers (hotels, restaurants, transportation, attractions, and sites).

Price of $2,999.00 per person is based on double occupancy, either twin beds or full sized bed.


Any further questions, contact:
Máirtín de Cógáin
Máirtín Music
If you have questions call anytime just be sure to leave a message or send a text, I’m on California time