About us

Cultural Tourism Ireland was established in 2010 by Dr Stephen Mandal (Managing Director) and Lisanne O’Loughlin (Programme and Marketing Director).

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Together, we have over 60 years experience in academia and research, commercial archaeology, education (of all ages from pre-school to post-graduate level) and educational travel. We have brought together our wealth of knowledge and experience to make us the perfect partner for discerning travellers seeking a richer experience of Ireland.

Our impressive array of awards and accolades are testament to the quality of our services, and the care we give to our clients.  They include:

  • Acclaimed by Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief of National Geographic Magazine in his book ‘100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth’
  • Winner of Meath Business and Tourism 2012 Small Business Marketing Award
  • Recipient of an honorable mention in the ETC 2012 Responsible Tourism Showcase Awards
  • Awarded recognition and funding under the AIA Site Preservation Program, 2011.

Through unrivalled access to specialist experts who are leaders in their respective fields, we lend visitors a deeper insight into Ireland’s wonderful cultural heritage.  Be it a 5,000 year old pre-historic passage tomb, a medieval abbey or a Georgian Palladian home, you will be joined by the expert who excavated the site, or carried out the architectural conservation works.