Stephen McPhilemy

Stephen was born in Historic Derry and spent his formative years growing up in beautiful Donegal. In 2013 he and Patrick bought a luxury guesthouse on Dingle Harbour, so Stephen divides his time between his beloved Ulster and his cherished second-home in the Kingdom of Kerry in Irelands magical South-West coast.

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04 Jan

Jan 2024

Our New 11 Day ALL-Ireland Tour, 11 days & 10 nights to explore the 4 corners of Ireland

The New 11 Day ALL-Ireland Tour is the pride of Essential Ireland Tours , 11 days & 10 nights to explore the 4 corners of our beloved Ireland

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Stephen McPhilemy

Sep 22

2024 Tour Dates Announced

2024 Essential Ireland Tour Dates

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Stephen McPhilemy

15 Sep 2022

Summer fun on a 'Castles and Classics' Essential Ireland Tour

Ashford Castle was magical on this 'Castles and Classics' Essential Ireland Tour,

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Stephen McPhilemy

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NOV 2021

2022 Tour Dates, 'Essential Ireland'

2022 Tour Dates have been announced, sign up now for a classic 'Essential Ireland' Tour

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Stephen McPhilemy

October 2021

Back on the road! 2021 Essential Ireland Tours

Essential Ireland Tours are back on the road in 2021. Happy Days

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Stephen McPhilemy

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MAR 2020

Our Tours and Covid 19

It is the most surreal celebration of our patron Saint and our Irish identity in living memory. An unwelcome guest (normally a contradiction in terms in Ireland) has arrived on our shores. Coronavirus.

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Stephen McPhilemy

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FEB 2020

Saint Brigid's Day

On February 1st, we celebrate Saint Brigid of Kildare’s feast day and the pagan midwinter festival of Imbolc

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Stephen McPhilemy

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FEB 2020

Native Irish Animals

Ireland has many native species of animals, majestic in their own ways. Here are some that you may spot on your Essential Tour of Ireland

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Stephen McPhilemy

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DEC 2019

Happy Christmas - Nollaig Shona

A Christmas message from Stephen Mc

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Stephen McPhilemy

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NOV 2019

“Its a wrap!” Farewell 2019 tour-season

Castles & Classics VIP Tour 2019

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Stephen McPhilemy

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Nov 2019

Marvel at the Grandeur of the Cliffs of Moher

Stories and legends of the Cliffs of Moher

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Stephen McPhilemy

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OCT 2019

Discover Dingle

Explore the wild beauty and rich history of the Dingle Peninsula

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Stephen McPhilemy

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Sep 2019

Rock of Cashel

Learn all about the myths and the history of the Rock of Cashel

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Stephen McPhilemy

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Dec 18

Happy Christmas 2018

Happy Christmas 2018. Warm greetings to all our friends, clan and tour guests throughout the world.

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Stephen McPhilemy

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Dec 16

Grand Green Selfie Contest

Winners of our grand 'green-selfie' contest enjoy their VIP tour of The Essential Ireland

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Stephen McPhilemy

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Mar 17

Seamus the Irish Wolfhound gets a new playmate!

Seamus the Irish Wolfhound, and our mascot at Essential Ireland tours, gets a new playmate!

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Stephen McPhilemy

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Dec 16

Newgrange on Winter solstice. Stephen McPhilemy wins the lottery!

This is an incredible honour for Irish people. Newgrange is one of Ireland's most sacred ancient sites.

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Stephen McPhilemy

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July 16

Hollywood Premiere in Ireland! After-Party hosted by 'Essential Ireland Tours'

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Stephen McPhilemy

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Sep 17

Famous Seamus the Irish Wolfhound, mascot of Essential Ireland Tours

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Stephen McPhilemy

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July 16

Essential Ireland Tours & the Guinness Storehouse VIP 'Connoisseur experience'

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Stephen McPhilemy

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Nov 17

Epic 2018 Ireland Tour Series Launch

Essential Ireland Tours are proud to present our epic 2018 tour series.

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Stephen McPhilemy

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June 17

The story behind the logo of 'Essential Ireland Tours'

Essential Ireland's colours and banner inspired by the Flag of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin

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Stephen McPhilemy