I have been offering authentic guided tours of the Boyne Valley since 2011 and have pride in providing a memorable experience for visitors to the Boyne Valley & Ireland’s Ancient East.
My name is Lucia O’Reilly and I have lived in Ireland for 21 years – I moved here because the stories and legends of the country drew me in.
Let me weave for you the fascinating stories of the Boyne Valley, birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East – from the land-thirsty kings to saints and scholars – as we make our way through an immersive journey of discovery off the beaten track – through 5,000 years of ancient Irish history – past the landmarks and locations that have played host to great deeds and legends.
On windswept hills, in small green fields, or simply at a bend in the road – the stories here are never far away. They are written on the land. And echo in the voices of the locals.
“Tell me a story; spin me a tale” ….. Are you ready?
The Boyne Valley
Fadó Fadó - "Long, long ago" - one thousand years before the pyramids, people here build the tallest building in the world, and aligned it with the sun’s rays.
Fifteen hundred years ago, Europe’s pilgrims crossed mountains, heath and bog to Ireland’s first University. The legendary High Kings ruled on the Hill of Tara, and oversaw the Aonach Tailteann– the Teltown Fair, where the pre-Olympic Games of Ireland took place. The Normans arrived in the 12th century and left behind Trim Castle, Ireland’s largest Anglo Norman castle (filming location for “Braveheart”).
Invasions and rebellions. Alliances and betrayals. Welcome and unwelcome arrivals. Life –changing departures. The twists and turns of Ireland’s tumultuous history have been played out in the Boyne Valley – birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East.
The people you will meet on your journey – showing you around, serving you a drink or simply passing the time of day – they hold the connection from the past to the present.
Just ask them to tell you a story, and let it begin Fadó Fadó ...
On behalf of the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland, I wish to thank you for a very interesting tour of Kells on Saturday, rain or no rain - it was most revealing and you certainly know your history, congratulations! It was most unfortunate about the weather because the Mausoleum was situated in a beautiful setting (on a nice day!)
I wish you a good summer with fine weather for your tours and hope all goes well. Kells is a very historic place and you are putting it on the map as it so deserves.
My husband and I have not stopped talking about the wonderful day and a half that we spent with you touring Kells and surrounding places. It's been such a wonderful trip, but none of it would have happened without you. Ireland is full of the friendliest and most courteous people that I've met anywhere.
Alicia and I had a blast touring with Lucy through the Boyne Valley. We learned a ton but, most importantly, we had a fun-filled day in the beautiful Irish countryside.
Thanks again! We look forward to seeing you again very soon.