Expert Guides

Our tour guides are experts drawn from the fields of geology, science communication and history. Many are practising geologists and academics with extensive experience of research and education.

Máirín Ahern


Having been born into a family of small hoteliers Máirín never moved away from the tourism / travel industries during her entire working career.

Máirín graduated from UCD in 1976 with an honours degree in French and German plus a certificate in Archaeology. These helped her indulge her passion for travelling to faraway lands and learning about different cultures before coming to appreciate the wealth of heritage at home in Ireland.

Starting with inbound Tourism , then Aviation, Máirín’s work included promotions & marketing, familiarisation trips, working with national & overseas travel trade & media. When the opportunity arose to train as a Tourist Guide she embraced it enthusiastically, obtaining her Cork City and Environs guiding qualification in 1999 (blue badge). Following increased demand from overseas for foreign language guides to lead itineraries all over the island of Ireland, Máirín agreed to extend her range of tours in 2012, subsequently going on to obtain the National guiding qualification (white badge).

The Irish spelling of her name (which is pronounced “Maureen”) mirrors her love of Ireland’s unique language and culture which she enjoys sharing with visitors from all over the world.