Doug Quinn, CA, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland & London, October 2014
Wendy and I are still talking with friends on how wonderful our trip to the UK was and what a fantastic job you and your staff did making it a trip to remember. With all the photos I took I was able to make 3 different shutter fly memory books that we show off at any chance we get. Everyone that sees them is amazed on how beautiful each county is and how spectacular the sights are. So when they ask, we for sure are recommending Sheenco Travel and also our driver Mark Lyons if they want a great personal tour of Ireland.
Doug Quinn, CA
Patricia Lahey, NY, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, October 2014
I’m writing to tell you that the vacation you and your staff planned for us was absolutely perfect! Every hotel and dinner reservation exceeded our expectations and the itinerary that you planned was ideal. Most importantly, Paddy Kennedy was superb! He is so pleasant, knowledgeable and skilled. His ideas for what we should see, where we should have lunch, and what we should do were so helpful. Above all he was just “good company” and our memories of this vacation will include Paddy. I will certainly recommend your company to anyone planning a trip to Ireland.
Patricia Lahey, NY
Linda Stampfel, NY, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, October 2014
Everything went smoothly from our arrival a half hour early to the pick-up in Dublin for our return home. In spite of our early arrival, Jerry was right there waiting for us. It was dark and rainy, so he drove us to The Burren as it was too early for the Cliffs of Moher. At first I felt we were missing so much of the Irish scenery as we drove in the dark. Silly me as we saw plenty of it during the whole trip. Jerry was a careful, safe driver. When we arrived in Killarney he recommended a very nice restaurant a few paces from the hotel – The Fresk. The Plaza Hotel in Killarney was excellent. The next day we walked the main street, then Jerry drove us to St. Mary’s Cathedral. It was well worth the visit due to having been built of stone. On to Cork with a stop to kiss the Blarney Stone. Our hotel – the River Lee – was wonderful. We had deluxe rooms and therefore access to the executive lounge with various coffees, cheeses, crackers , cookies, fruit and juices. On Tuesday, Jerry drove us to the church where my great grandparents were married – Sts. Peter and Paul. I had written to the pastor but he was not at home when we got there. When we returned home, I had a letter from the person in charge of archives. He sent me a marriage certificate with the church seal on it and a note saying he was sorry we had missed each other. We then rode to the Waterford Glass Factory. I had told Jerry what we wanted to see on our way to Dublin and he worked out the best schedule. It was an interesting tour, as you see the workers first hand. On Wednesday we drove to the Rock of Cashel. I think that that was my favorite part of the trip. The tour guide was very enthusiastic. We visited Kilkenny Castle and enjoyed it. Onto Dublin – We bid farewell to Jerry at this point. We have no regrets in the experience of having a driver: especially Jerry. We checked into the Davenport Hotel around 5:00pm. The kids were disappointed as it seemed a bit dated in comparison to the other 2 hotels we were in. My only complaint was that the hot and cold water was not mixed, but rather 2 different faucets. Yes, it was older, but pretty centrally located. The staff at the desk were very nice and efficient. They arranged for a taxi for us to Connelly Station for our trip to Belfast. As we were leaving before breakfast, they offered us a continental breakfast. It was very welcoming to come down to the lounge at 6:15am and seeing the table set for us. We had juice, coffee and pastries. On Thursday we walked to Dublin Castle. Good tour. We continued to the Guinness Storehouse. The “kids “ enjoyed pouring their own beer. We had a very good lunch there with our own “poured” beer. We then walked to Christ Church Cathedral. On our last day we went shopping on Grafton St. and the kids went to Trinity College. On Sunday our transfer was due to pick us up at 1:00, but I called at 12:20, said we were ready and he arrived soon after. Excellent service. We were unsure about picking your company, but you were the only one to answer my inquiries and to keep in touch. Our confidence grew and when Jerry showed up as we were travel weary, we knew we had picked a winner. Thank you for the wonderful experience.
Linda Stampfel, NY
Nancy Penton, NL, Escorted Castle Tour, Ireland, October 2014
The Castle tour was …well, I just don’t know how to put it into words!!! The group of 10 was wonderful and we got along perfect. The castles were wonderful…as expected Ashford was my favorite!!! And, Paddy, our driver was the best! A sweet man with lots of knowledge, funny jokes and personal stories to share. He made the trip extra special! Thanks so much.
Nancy Penton, NL
Frances Henckler, UT, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, September 2014
Our trip to Ireland was wonderful. The four hotels – Pembroke, Fairview Guesthouse, Park City and Brooks – were all very nice and centrally located as we had requested. What really made our trip extra special was our driver/guide, Jerry Horgan. Besides being very personable and accommodating, Jerry had an exceptional knowledge of his country and its history. He took us to places that no tour bus would ever go. After just a few days with him, Jerry felt like a long-time friend. Our eight days with Jerry passed by too quickly. It was hard to say goodbye but hopefully we will return and have Jerry show us more of the country that he loves.
Frances Henckler, UT
Susan Rutland, AL, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, September 2014
We truly appreciate all you did to prepare our trip. Not one glitch! All that Sheenco did was excellent. And, Jerry, our driver, was perfect for us! He went above and beyond the call of duty to create a unique vacation spot on for us, “not your typical tourist” tourist!! Without a doubt, Jerry gave us the experiences, through his contacts with locals, that we had hoped for. For example, we hurled with Ronan O’Se, and then met Ivan Canning who hand makes Hurleys. We bought a Hurley from Ivan and Ivan signed it! The list goes on and on with how Sheenco and Jerry made our trip a trip of a lifetime! Thank you! We had an incredible time and will gladly spread the word!
Susan Rutland, AL
Robert Brownrigg, TX, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, September 2014
First, let us say the entire trip, as a whole, was WONDERFUL!!! We truly experienced Ireland in ways they we had hoped for, plus more. We were EXTREMELY pleased with the accommodations at the Shelbourne, and we cannot tell you how many times, when we mentioned that the Shelbourne was where we were staying, we got positive reactions, ranging from approval, envy, esteem and respect. We visited several Antique shops on Francis Street and we had a sense of credibility with the dealers just by mentioning the Shelbourne. It was clearly the perfect choice for us. I would not like to stay anywhere else. AAAAA+++++ five star rating from us.Ballyseede Castle was wonderful, with the most appropriate fixtures, decor and period appropriate accommodations we could hope for. The grounds were small, but the facilities were excellent. Staff was absolutely wonderful. I would certainly recommend it to anyone. Ballynahinch was unbelievably beautiful, and I wish we had more time to explore the grounds. Again, the decor was wonderful, and appropriate to the setting. The staff was excellent, and I would love to return there for a longer visit. Lough Eske was beautiful on the exterior, however, the interior began to resemble a more modern remodeling job. The bathroom was the largest of all the hotels, and was very nice, very comfortable room, great staff and very pleasant. It simply was obvious that it had been remodeled in modern times, with more modern furniture in the rooms, fewer antiques. Again, please remember our love is antiques, antique fixtures, antique furnishings, experiencing history. Still, it was VERY nice, and very comfortable. Best food we ate on the trip.Regarding the transportation, the initial transfer from airport was perfect, on time, nice car, no problems.We received a call on Thursday to explain that the original driver had a problem and there was a change. Friday, we would be picked up at the Shelbourne and driven to Ballyseede by one gentleman (Ray) and the rest of the trip we would have another driver. No problem for us, we were glad to be informed, and hopeful for the best. Ray was very polite, safe driving, on time, got us to and from the Rock of Cashel and Blarney castle, and to Ballyseede with no problems. He was familiar with the roads, but did not offer any other detailed information about the history, regional information, etc. The rest of the trip we were in the company of Don Dowling. I cannot begin to say enough about how absolutely wonderful, knowledgeable and charming he was. He absolutely made the trip WONDERFUL. He sat with us each morning, gave us options, plans, choices on sights, history of each, showed on the map where were were going, and let us decide what type of day we wanted to have. Again, we love history and we were there to learn as much as we could, and see the historically significant places, which we were able to do thanks greatly to Mr. Dowling. I cannot begin to impress on you how absolutely thoughtful, charming, polite and accommodating he was. We stopped at several antique stores in several towns, bought items that required shipping, and generally had a great experience. Don was the “tour guide”, historian, knew local places to eat, local places to visit, sights that were “off the grid” (waterfalls, vistas and views that were breathtaking), photographer, and general companion. We felt safe, and were very impressed at his driving skills for safety and getting around without getting lost. He knew many locals at each sight, and if he didn’t know them he introduced himself and made new acquaintances for the “next time” he might visit. Thanks to him and his personal contacts we visited Adare Manor, Ashford Castle, and several places that might otherwise not have been available. He knew the history, background, and flavor of all of the sights and regions were went through. Again, we had a wonderful experience, and have recommended your services to others.
Robert Brownrigg, TX
Duncan McNaughton, ON, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, September 2014
Our Self Drive Vacation coordinated by Sheenco Travel was nothing less than superb. From our pick up at Dublin airport by Noel, to the return of the rental car in Shannon, every detail of your planning was exactly as outlined in our vacation package. All of the accommodations were at a level above that which we anticipated. Particularly notable is the fact that those in Dublin, Belfast and Derry were centrally located, allowing us to walk to most venues. We particularly enjoyed the Ashling Hotel (comfort and accessibility) and the City Hotel Derry and Sandhouse Hotel Donegal for their location and view. Reception and checkout at all hotels was congenial and effortless. Our vacation experience in Ireland was spectacular and was definitely enhanced by the detailing provided by Sheenco. We managed to visit nearly every site that we had preselected, finding that time alone, was the limiting factor. We actually arrived in Galway at 22:00 on the 14th, having filled our day with sightseeing, and sadly couldn’t experience that city due to time constraints. Overall our experience was very positive and we give much of the credit to the staff at Sheenco Travel for their orchestrating of our holiday. Be assured that we will utilize your services on future travels to Ireland, as well as recommend your professionalism to acquaintances travelling to there.
Duncan McNaughton, ON
Patricia Parsons, NY, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, September 2014
We had a wonderful trip, and I am very happy that we booked it with Sheenco Travel. The hotels were all immaculate, and the service was excellent for the most part. We were greeted at the airport by a very friendly driver, who promptly took our bags and drove us to the Shelbourne Hotel, while giving us some information about Dublin on the way there. When we arrived at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, the lobby was filled with other American tourists, like ourselves, who had arrived on overnight flights and who were trying to get early check-ins. The staff was accommodating as they could be, and after a few inquiries at the desk, they were able to give us one of our two rooms prior to the 3 pm check-in time so we could rest and get changed. We got the other room a few hours later. Both rooms were very clean, and approximately the same size. I was a bit concerned beforehand that the single room would be small, but that was not the case. The accommodations were excellent. The morning breakfasts were sumptuous and the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. We dined one night at the hotel and were quite happy with the dinner as well. While in Dublin, we visited the St. Stephen’s Green, walked down Grafton Street, went to Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells, visited the Guiness Storehouse, and also went to some pubs in the Grafton Street area. The River Lee in Cork was very clean. We had rooms on the executive floor which was the 5th floor. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We left on Monday and went to Cobh to the Titanic Experience Museum, which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was an interactive museum where they give each person, upon entry, a card which had the name and information of an actual person who booked passage on the Titanic. You find out if that person lived or perished at the end of the experience. Unfortunately, since we were 3rd class passengers, we were all lost at sea. Cobh was a very cute little town with a beautiful cathedral up the hill from the museum and port. We left there and headed to Killarney and checked into the Muckross Hotel & Spa. The rooms were clean and a good size, and were next door to each other. We decided to go on a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry the next day rather than drive it ourselves. The bus tour was with Deros Tours in Killarney. The bus made stops along the way in different towns, beaches, and sites. My favorite stop was at a cost of 5 euro each for admission to a show where sheep were herded by sheepdogs and a shepherd. This was so interesting and enlightening. That night we returned to Killarney town and did some shopping for woolens and souvenirs, and went to see Trad music in a local pub after having dinner. I would say that we had the most fun the entire day while being on the bus tour to the Ring of Kerry and going to see the Trad music and being in Killarney. We left Killarney on Wednesday and headed to the ferry at Tarbert and took it across the Shannon River to go to the Cliffs of Moher. We had a wonderful time there and took several pictures. We left there and drove directly to our hotel at Dromoland Castle. We didn’t check in until 5 pm and wished that we could have stayed an additional night. The staff was extremely accommodating. They shook our hands and introduced themselves as we got out of our car before entering to check in. They made us feel like royalty. The rooms were huge and the dining room felt like we were in Downton Abby. The breakfast was huge with a buffet as well as menu item choice. We also had dinner at the hotel which was excellent, with great service. Overall, I would highly recommend Sheenco Travel for arranging a tour of Ireland. I would book with you again if I ever return. I loved Killarney and County Clare the best. My favorite hotels were the Shelbourne Hotel and the Dromoland Castle.
Patricia Parsons, NY
George Leonard, SC, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, August 2014
We had an awesome time! It rained most of the time but as you say Welcome to Ireland. The rain didn’t dampen of spirits or the spirits of the Irish people we met. Your country and people are truly beautiful. Let me give you a quick summary of the accommodations. Sheedy’s Country House – A rooms were very nice. But the real gem was Martina. She made our stay even more rewarding. John is an excellent chef and the food was some of the best. The Burren was very unique and we enjoyed riding through it. Cliffs of Moher were also beautiful. Park House Hotel – The rooms were very nice and Galway is a very unique city. The Park Hose in the perfect location for a stay in Galway. The Malt House didn’t have our reservation but we got a table within 10 minutes. They were very accommodating. The Food was by far the best we had in Ireland and would highly recommend it. Unfortunately it was raining too much and missed the Aran Islands. Maybe next time. We did visit Kylemore Abbey and the sky allowed us for the most part to stay semi dry. Ashford Castle – Of course was the most luxurious and best accommodation and the staff was great. The small town of Cong was nice and there was some good hiking. Valerie did their Hawk Walk and she really enjoyed that, 2 more checks off the bucket list. Arbutus Hotel, – Nice older hotel that was in the heart of the town. The Porterhouse restaurant was OK but nothing to write home about. The Ring of Kerry, Muckross House, and Ross castle were all great places to see. You must take a Jaunting Car ride through the gardens. River Lee Hotel – A beautiful hotel with great amenities. You can see most of Cork from their glass elevators. We Walked 2 of the 4 Cork City walks and saw some the historical spots which was fantastic. We had lunch at the English Market and dinner at Market Lane. Both were very good. We stopped at Blarney Castle on our way to Bunratty to kiss the Blarney Stone. Bunratty Manor – Our least favorite place but we were bummed about leaving. We couldn’t get wifi in our room and had to go to the lobby to get it and watch the Kerry-Mayo match. Freddy’s Bistro was a fantastic place to eat. Very romantic and the staff was excellent. Over all our trip was FANTASTIC! We will recommend your services to all our friends.
George Leonard, SC
Gordon Horsman, ON, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, August 2014
We had an amazing time and would like to thank you for the wonderful accommodation you selected for us. The driving from place to place was very easy and straight forward. I don’t know when I will get back but the friendly people and spectacular country side we experienced will have us come back at some point. Like I said it was all amazing and I await for the opportunity to return and visit your beautiful country again.
Gordon Horsman, ON
Karen Sanzone, NY, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, August 2014
Kelly and I had a great time. The castles were magnificent and comfortable with friendly staff. We could not have had a better time. The driving was quite interesting. No major incidents occurred thank God for little favors. You have a beautiful country and very friendly people. I felt like family. Thank you and your staff for the arrangements. Thanks again I will be returning in the future.
Karen Sanzone, NY
Colleen Toner, AB, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, August 2014
Words can not describe the absolutely wonderful holiday we had with Sheenco Travel. As the organizer for 17 family members, ranging in age from 10 – 79, I was slightly stressed. You worry about spending their money, accommodations, enjoyment and the travel guide/driver – who can make or break a holiday. I knew that we wanted a personal driver to tour Southern Ireland, which included Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Doolin and a stay in a castle. We had 10 nights to take in many sights, such as, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Lakes of Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Aran Islands and slip in a Greyhound race and medieval feast. After researching three different companies, receiving their quotes and itineraries, Genevieve came through on all accounts. She LISTENED, reworked the itinerary to fit our wants and needs and remained extremely pleasant when answering my many questions. The first thing I would like to mention is our driver and tour guide, Funky Mark. His high energy, knowledge, friendliness and over all awesome personality was one of the reasons our trip was such a success. His choice of music and at times strobing lights, brought a smile and laughter to all. Mark had a wonderful way of getting to know us and made suggestions and changes to our itinerary that took us “off the beaten path”, making for a special day. We drove by his family home, waved to his Dad and heard stories of his dear Mummy. It was as if we were travelling with a good friend. Lastly, I must speak of his driving skills. Mark’s ability to manoeuvre all those narrow twisting roads that make Ireland unique, was remarkable. You will never find a cleaner bus in all of Ireland. Mark vacuumed, wiped, dusted and swept his bus at every stop. There was never a doubt that the windows would be clear for all those spectacular sights. Off the charts when it comes to ranking him!! Our accommodations were wonderful. The Ashling Hotel, in Dublin and the Clarion, in Cork were in a great location. The Malton Hotel was beautiful. Large rooms, close to town, friendly service and fabulous detail in the dining room. Sheedy’s Country House in Lisdoonvarna was fantastic. Martina and John made our stay so comfortable and the dinner was absolutely spectacular . Dromoland Caslte was our last stop. We treated ourselves to golf, a hawk walk (very cool), horse and carriage ride, biking and the best fish (Monkfish) I have ever had. The nightly singing in the bar, the beautiful rooms, the gorgeous grounds, all made our Castle experience magical. This review could not be complete without mentioning Clare, in reservation. We had a few changes and a family emergency but Clare was always on top of it. Whether by phone or email she was professional and extremely kind. I felt very well looked after and I knew that my group were being cared for. I realize I have only touched on a few of our highlights – there are too many to mention at this time. Just know that the “Toner” group were positively impressed with Sheenco Travel. We will recommend you to many and hopefully have a chance to call on your services when we return in the future.
Colleen Toner, AB
Ron & Pat Camp, GA, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, August 2014
We had a great time. They weather turned out great for us and the country was beautiful. All of our experiences were great with our favorite place to stay being Ashford Castle. We saw so many different things from castles to Abbeys to crystal factories that it would be hard to say what was best. The car we had was great (brand new audi A5) and we took a GPS of Ireland so we had no problems with directions. We had few problems and my wife and I both agree that the people are as friendly as anywhere we have ever been. We will certainly pass on our knowledge of Sheenco Travel. Your people were great and the experience was wonderful.
Ron & Pat Camp, GA
Barbara Alexander, ON, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, August 2014
We had a very good trip. We enjoyed the different castle hotels, as each had its own different atmosphere. Ashford was probably our favorite. We were able to tour so much of Ireland in the time we were there, and to enjoy the spectacular scenery. We appreciate the organizing that you did for us.
Barbara Alexander, ON
Linda and Kevin MacDougall, ON, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, August 2014
We had a fantastic time on our vacation in Ireland. You did an excellent job of providing us with ideas for our itinerary, and we enjoyed every accommodation. There was a good mix of castles, older homes and new hotels to stay in. Service in all was excellent, food was great. We enjoyed the driving tour we did on our own, (a GPS navigation system is a must) because we could set our own destinations, and use our time as we chose. We have done bus tours and much preferred the freedom of doing our own thing. Thanks for all you did in putting together this package.
Linda and Kevin MacDougall, ON
Tad & Elizabeth Dunn, NC, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, August 2014
Elizabeth, Sallie, Mary Katherine and I just came back from our 9-day vacation arranged by you to Ireland. I wanted you to know how pleased we were with your choice of driver (Gerry), itinerary, and lodging (the Pembroke in Kilkenny, Malton in Killarney, Dromoland Castle, Ashford Castle (wow!), and Conrad in Dublin). We topped off our trip with seats at the GAA quarterfinals between Donegal (we were adopted by the Donegal fans) and Armagh. I’d like to say that this was a “once-in-a lifetime” trip but I know that Elizabeth and I will be back. For me, seeing County Clare where my grandmother Mary Ann O’Malley was from on her way to the US was very special. You folks did a great job of putting together our vacation, and I was especially appreciative of your looking after Mary Katherine and her shellfish allergy. I wish we did as good a job in the States. We look forward to traveling with you again. Thanks again, and please feel free to use us as a reference. We’d recommend you without reservation.
Tad Dunn, NC
Having now digested and reviewed (though not as a group) our trip, we want you to know it was FANTASTIC! When I try to judge my favorite parts, I am at a bit of a loss. Bunratty Castle comes to mind (I am a reader or historical novels), though I can’t believe I climbed every step. I was dizzy the rest of the afternoon, but happy. As a gardener, Powerscourt gardens and those of Ashford castle were also favorites. The former is featured in almost every gardening book I own, and the latter will be truly exquisite as the new plantings mature. The top of the list for me, however, is the view from our room at Ashford Castle. Given scones with cream, I could sit and look at the lake for a month. (By the way, we traveled on our stomachs!) Gerry was perfect for us. He sensed our energy levels and helped us make good choices when we were too tired to see everything. He also steered us to great pubs! As Mary Katherine said, “I’m gonna miss G-dog. He drove it like it was stolen.” Translated, she loved Gerry and how fast he was able to drive on the narrow twisty roads. That was a true compliment from a hip hop listening, purple (though tastefully) streaked haired 21 year old. The one problem we had was a slight allergic reaction by Mary Katherine in the dining room at Ashford Castle. A dish also made it to Tad that was quickly removed, but it could have been a problem. They were using molecular gastronomy, and I’m not sure all the special ingredients and techniques used for that are easily identifiable. On the other hand, at every stop the hotel waitstaff knew there were allergies and discussed them with us. Thank you for letting them all know. The Malton was especially impressive. The manager told us that they have a meeting with the entire restaurant staff every day and discuss each guest’s food needs. When we’ve had our family get together to compare photos and memories in October, I’ll send some pictures and highlights from the others. In the meantime, please feel free to use us as references. Though we haven’t got a Facebook page, we always like to share our good experiences with others. We are happy to include you as one of the best travel experiences we’ve ever had! Many, many thanks,
Elizabeth Dunn, NC
Kyle Smith, VA, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, July 2014
We had a wonderful time and we absolutely enjoyed the trip, the people, their warmth and beauty. Highlight for us was Ashford Castle just as you predicted and the Falconry School was a chance of a lifetime. Certainly one of the coolest experiences of our lives. Overall accommodations were very nice. I want to provide a very strong endorsement and appreciation for our guide (friend!!) Jerry Horgan. He added so much to our experience he was professional, safe, knowledgeable and friendly certainly but he went above and beyond in every way. As an example, our boys took an interest in hurling and he got two hurleys for the boys and taught them how to play. This is one example of many where Jerry made our trip special. We could not make a stronger recommendation than the one we would give Jerry Horgan – special gentleman. We look forward to visiting again and appreciate all you did to make the trip come together and for the special memories we now have.
Kyle Smith, VA
Gerry and Deborah Taylor, ON, Escorted Castle Tour, Ireland, July 2014
My husband and I would like to extend our heartfelt thank you for our outstanding Ireland vacation that was set up for us. Our experience was absolutely wonderful and even though we have had many vacations around the world, our very most favorite vacation was this one! We would also like to mention that our tour guide was extremely helpful and has this great knack for telling stories through his long experience as a guide. He was always punctual and my husband and I said if it wasn’t for Paddy Kennedy our trip would have not been as pleasurable as he talked on about the history and experience stories as our guide. Paddy will always be a special person and memory who contributed significantly to our most favorite vacation.
Gerry and Deborah Taylor, ON
Buffy Robblee, AB, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, July 2014
We all had a fantastic time in Ireland. Mark was personable, knowledgeable, punctual, accommodating, and made our holiday most enjoyable. If he didn’t know something, he would find out. We did most things that you suggested on the itinerary. All of the accommodations selected were very good. We all liked the variety of accommodations as well. If I had to pick a favorite, I would say the Sandhouse. We dined there as well and the lamb shank was superb! To have the ocean front rooms was a bonus and to hear the sound of the ocean was so soothing. Wish we had more time there! Fairview Guest house in Killarney was also lovely. Great location! The Abbeyglen castle was unique and loved the close proximity to Clifden. We walked into the village easily and had dinner. The Europa in Belfast sure has some history doesn’t it? The rooms there were a bit on the small side but not a problem at all. Again, an excellent location to walk everywhere. We were fortunate to be able to go to the local market which is only open on weekends!! Loved the Ashling. So very convenient to everything! The Clarion in Cork was also in a great location. We just needed more time to explore but I bet you get that feedback from many others. The weather at Cliffs of Moher did not co-operate for us so were unable to see them. We substituted the Ring of Kerry for Dingle peninsula instead and glad that we did. The weather on that day was not good as well. The weather did co-operate for us to take the ferry over to Innishmore and spend the day. We rented bikes and really enjoyed exploring the island. We had enough time to have a late lunch and do a bit of shopping. Wished we could have spent time in Galway but there wasn’t enough time to do both. All in all, a most memorable vacation was had by all. Thank you for all of your help in making it all happen!
Buffy Robblee, AB
Philip Bergan, CT, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, July 2014
On behalf of the Bergan family, I would like to express my gratitude for the excellent service you and your company provided us during our family trip to Ireland in July, 2014. In particular, we would like to thank two drivers. Danny McCarthy, who was our primary driver, ferried us around the country with unfailing good humor. He accommodated our many requests, was patient with our two little granddaughters, made excellent suggestions regarding food and sights, regaled us with songs and stories, and went above and beyond the call of duty in helping us find where the Bergans came from. Oh, and he was an excellent driver. Our next “thank you” goes to the driver who drove my wife and me, and our younger son, from Ashford Castle to Shannon Airport. He, too, was punctual, professional, funny, and unforgettable. Our vacation to Ireland was a memorable family experience, greatly enhanced by your efforts regarding logistics and by your fine staff.
Philip Bergan, CT
Maryann Donovan, PA, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, July 2014
We have taken a week after returning from Ireland to catch our breath and relive the trip of a lifetime! We are so thrilled that everything was just about perfect. Our driver, Dave Costello was a gem. He was a great guy, historian, gentleman, laughed, told jokes, played music appropriate to our location and couldn’t have been a better fit for my husband and I. While at Ashford we opted to eat in the main dining room. Wonderful. They even supplied a jacket for my husband to wear. Thank you for helping us plan this incredible vacation.
Maryann Donovan, PA
Cindy Madole, TX, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, July 2014
We had a fabulous time in Ireland. Sheenco Travel planned a very nice trip for us. I do have a number of comments I would like to share with you. First and foremost, Des Murphy, our driver, was the single most important factor in making our trip as good as it was. He was knowledgeable, funny, and went out of his way to help us and encourage all the right stops. He figured out what we wanted to do very quickly and made sure we saw things not in the guide book but that would make our trip special. He took very good care of my Mom. We genuinely enjoyed his company and felt well cared for. He took us to some nice Irish restaurants and recommended some castles and activities that we would not have seen. Ashford Castle was one such stop where we did falconry! Fabulous. The driver who took us to our first hotel and back to the airport was also wonderful. He was on time and pointed out sights to us and gave us some history. The people were just great. We loved Waterford Castle. We also loved Abbeyglen Castle – the staff there were lovely. Fun sing alongs and champagne. The Brooks Hotel in Dublin was perfect. The breakfasts at all of the hotels were incredible. All in all we were very, very pleased and would recommend Sheenco Travel. We had a wonderful vacation and thank you for arranging it for us.
Cindy Madole, TX
Anne Marie McLoughlin, MA, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, June 2014
Thank you for the wonderful vacation you helped put together for us. I have to mention, a special thank you, to Isabella who worked with us to change our hotel dates in Ballyliffin due to the unexpected hospital stay in Dublin. Staying an extra night in Dublin meant our other dates got pushed back, which we had not accounted for. She was wonderful calling all the hotels and changing arrival dates for us and calling to check up on us during the trip. It was very comforting to know that someone was there to help with travel arrangements if needed. As for the transportation our driver was James Finn. He was wonderful, professional, but personable with six people in the group. James listened to each of us as to what we had an interest in and made every effort to see that we got to the places we had mentioned. He also had wonderful suggestions as to where to eat and other interesting places to see. The hotels we stayed at on this trip are all very nice. The best on my list would be the Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa in Donegal. The rooms and food were great and reasonable priced. I would suggest Sheenco Travel to both family and friends. Also, please suggest a personal driver, such as James Finn to make the trip complete. Thanks to you and everyone at Sheenco Travel.
Anne Marie McLoughlin, MA
Anita Moore, FL, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, June 2014
Thank you so much! We found everything about our trip and your country to be enchanting. Our only regret was that our time there was too short. With that in mind we will definitely be planning a return trip and we heartily recommend your services to anyone planning a trip to Ireland. All of our accommodations were first class and the staff of each hotel were so friendly and helpful. We especially enjoyed Connor at the Brooks in Dublin. Our guide, Dave Costello was incredibly efficient and perceptive to our interest. His knowledge of Ireland and her history was impressive and his easy going personality was a great match to our small group. Thank you again for planning such a stress free and great trip for us.
Anita Moore, FL
Pamela Perullo, NY, Escorted Castle Tour, Ireland, June 2014
I will be talking about this vacation for years to come. It was wonderful. We saw everything ,so much more than I ever expected. Our guide Paddy was so knowledgeable , he was a pleasure. I will be recommending Sheenco Travel to every-one. Thank you for giving my husband and I a very special experience with memories that will last a lifetime.
Pamela Perullo, NY
George Powell, NH, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, June 2014
I want to thank you for an amazing vacation. It was worth every penny. Jerry Flannigan was outstanding and I would highly recommend him to anyone traveling in Ireland. Just an amazing trip and made our family extremely happy!!! Thanks again
George Powell, NH
Diane Wilber, FL, Escorted Castle Tour, Ireland, June 2014
We really enjoyed Ireland. What a beautiful country and such loving and kind people. It was all more than I expected. Paddy’s knowledge was amazing. The castle I enjoyed most was Ballyseede. I felt like I had stepped back in time. The food was all delicious but Finnegan’s was the BEST. Thanks for all your help.
Diane Wilber, FL
Michael Quinlivan, CT, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, June 2014
We had a wonderful time. Our driver Mark was terrific. He made the trip that much better
Michael Quinlivan, CT
Sheila Lynch, AR, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, June 2014
Our trip was wonderful. We saw a lot of beautiful countryside. All of the accommodations were nice but we all agreed our favorite was Ballynahinch Castle. You all did an excellent job arranging the accommodations in each city. To summarize, the trip will be a positively memorable one and we would certainly do it all over again!
Sheila Lynch, AR
Larry & Jean Gilbert, CA, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, May 2014
We were very pleased with Sheenco Travel choices of accommodations and your service. Glasha was very nice, and Olive was lovely, so we have no complaints about any of our overnight accommodations. The banquet was a lot of fun, and going early was perfect. I was pleasantly surprised with Bunratty Manor – it is a very nice hotel, and the people were very gracious, including providing access to breakfast early since we had to leave for the airport before normal breakfast hours. Finally – we loved Ireland and its people. Thanks to everyone at Sheenco Travel for all their assistance.
Larry & Jean Gilbert, CA
Janet McClusky, TN, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, May 2014
We had an absolutely wonderful time in Ireland. All of your arrangements happened as the itinerary stated. We are in awe of the history of your beautiful green country. Steve was our driver/guide. We cannot give him enough praise. He was perfect and so knowledgeable. He never rushed us or minded if we wanted to alter the schedule. He always knew of good places to eat or shop so we had many choices. He accommodated us in every way necessary. We would rank him 100 on a scale of 1-10!!!!! He was really off the charts. We LOVED the Bunratty banquet. Thank you for listening to our comments and arranging such a beautiful trip and gorgeous weather! We would recommend your company to anyone who is traveling to Ireland.
Janet McClusky, TN
Sarah Linville, AL, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, May 2014
Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our vacation to Ireland. Your help was invaluable and I enjoyed every castle and hotel that you booked for us. Your help and suggestions were right on the money. Checking in and out went very smoothly every single place we stayed. I enjoyed the people, atmosphere, food and getting to meet the beautiful wolfhound, at Ballyseede Castle, but our favorite place was Ballynahinch Castle- the bed was so comfortable and the views were simply gorgeous. The Medieval Banquet was my favorite activity, it was great- I think I could sit through that over and over. I even had to buy some Mead to bring home-very potent stuff. The people of Ireland are wonderful, so friendly and helpful and we enjoyed every aspect of your beautiful country. Our only regret was that we didn’t get to see the Cliffs of Mohr, it was raining and extremely foggy, but we still walked along the wall and did some shopping, so the trip wasn’t completely wasted and we stopped in a little fishing village that we enjoyed, I believe the name was Roundstone. Thank you again for helping me plan the trip of a lifetime and please know that it was everything I hoped it would be and more! If I ever get the chance to visit again, I will definitely go through you.
Sarah Linville, AL
Victor Klatt, DC, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, April 2014
We had a great time – and it was in no small part due to the great itinerary you guys put together, and the wonderful driver – Jerry – you selected for us. Spending time with Jerry was truly one of the highlights of our trip, and he did a great job responding to our requests to divert from the itinerary and try a few new places, and could not have been nicer and more accommodating. As for the hotels, we particularly enjoyed staying in the castle you all selected for us. Please know I will recommend you to anyone and everyone, and I am happy to serve as a reference if the occasion ever arises when I might be able to be helpful. Thanks again for everything, and my best to you and your team at Sheenco.
Victor Klatt, DC
Heather Garcia, TX, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, March 2014
I am struggling for words to describe our vacation, amazing, mind blowing, and beautiful are the first things that come to mind. From the first conversation I had with Gerard I knew this was going to be great, I had no idea how great it would be though. The accommodation’s were amazing. Everywhere we went we had no issues checking in and the people we so kind. The suggested sites to visit were very helpful in planning our days. We really enjoyed driving between towns and getting to experience your beautiful home. The entire staff of Sheenco deserves a great big THANK YOU! My husband and I saved and planned for the this trip for a year, and it was everything we dreamed it would be. We are already talking about when we can go back! I have passed your contact information on to several friends who have mentioned that they would like to see Ireland. Again, thank you for helping us make this a wonderful trip and we look forward to traveling with you again.
Heather Garcia, TX
Katherine Mistilis, MS, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, March 2014
The trip was wonderful, we loved every accommodation we stayed in. We especially enjoyed the Dapper driver, Danny. The driver can make or break a trip and he definitely made ours. He was also our tour guide and had a special Lagniappe for us every day, He was so helpful and patient with 8 ladies. He taught us to sing a bar song that we got to practice in the pub in Ballynahinch. This trip was by far the best trip I have made to Ireland and I have been quite a few times. The accommodations, the food, the company, the driver and luxury van, even the weather were all excellent. The 4 Castles we stayed in were just marvelous. Even better, there were fire places in most of the castles we stayed in. Everyone we met had a smile on their face and were so helpful.