What our Clients say
Lorrie Graham from Colorado wrote:
I feel so fortunate to have discovered “My Ireland Heritage” when I was looking for my Irish roots.It was the best discovery that I made in my search for my first ancestor to leave Ireland and to immigrate to America. Ultimately, it was discovered that an ancestor was tied very closely to Brigham Young and helped pioneer the journey to Utah. Sean Quinn and his team were so thorough to be so affordable! It is not a company that simply renders a service. They sincerely wish to find your ancestor and have such a wealth of insider knowledge. I also got the sense that they were rejoicing right along with me as my story unfolded! The tours that Sean offers, combine excellent research with the thrill of walking in the footsteps of your ancestors, feeling the land beneath your feet, seeing what they saw and breathing the air! An experience like no other! Along with that, the tour is enhanced by Sean’s passion for his home and his extensive knowledge of history, especially ancient, sacred sites. I would highly recommend all of the packages My Ireland Heritage offers.
Seán loves what he does and the service is personal because he genuinely enjoys helping people and shares in the joy of their discovery! I also loved that a portion of the proceeds goes towards a very meaningful charity for children. The completed package I received was amazingly comprehensive and I was thrilled with everything I learned! It was a great value for the money. You will not find a better, more enthusiastic or knowledgeable research service anywhere else!
Laura Decker from Fort Lauderdale, Florida wrote:
Many thanks to Sean Quinn and the rest of the My Ireland Heritage team. You certainly gave us a “Once in a lifetime” experience with your personal touches. Your research on my personal family history (which included visiting my personal heritage homelands where we met distant cousins) was impeccable, as well as your knowledge of the many fascinating historical sites you made sure we had the opportunity to visit. As Kiera said at the closing of our tour “you are part of the family now”!
Tiffany Coffey from Texas wrote:
During our trip in Ireland we were lucky enough to be given a historical heritage tour by Sean. I had contacted him only a couple of months before our trip to Ireland to see if he would be available to do a one day heritage trip. Sean was quick to reply and willing to prepare something for us although I did not leave him very much time. He provided us a wealth of knowledge on the Coffey family’s history as well as the history of Ireland overall.
He drove down to Cork to meet us at our hotel the night before the trip. He went over all the research he had accumulated and told us what he had planned for the next day. He was open to changing the itinerary if we were not interested in some aspects he had found. We decided to trust him and are all glad we did not change anything. The next morning after breakfast we headed out and immediately Sean began informing us on the history of the region. There was not a dull moment where there wasn’t something to learn. It was evident that Sean had already done prior research on the area. He informed us that much of the information he gets comes from the locals. In order to find the exact location of the Coffey’s town lands, we needed to take many small country roads. If it weren’t for Sean we would of had no hope of finding these areas, so we are thankful that we chose to have him drive us. A definite tour off the beaten path.
Sean had visited all of the areas prior to our visit so there was no backtracking or getting lost. He allowed us ample time to walk around certain landmarks and take photographs. He showed us the town lands and graveyards where our ancestors resided in Desertserges. We were even able to find some graves dating back over two hundred years. Our journey continued and Sean took us along the southern coast until we got over the mountains and past two lakes into the city of Killarney. He took us through a wonderful scenic route and we were able to see many beautiful landscapes while he explained their significance. Sean kept us entertained throughout the journey and was very patient with us given our limited knowledge of Ireland prior to our visit.
We ended our trip in Killarney after first stopping by Muckross Abbey in Killarney National Park. Sean had located some graves for us in his previous visit so we did not have to spend our time searching them out ourselves. He did a wonderful job tailoring the trip to our interests and was able to include additional stops that were relevant to the history of Ireland as well. He dropped us off at our hotel in Killarney for the evening and left for home.
Although we had not scheduled it, we later met up with Sean in Dublin where he provided us a quick historical tour of all the major monuments. In just a few hours he was able to show us many monuments and locations. We learned the significance of many parts of Dublin and how it impacted the country’s heritage over time. It was definitely better than a bus tour. Sean was always so accommodating and it really shows how passionate he is not only about his work but about his charity. Our only regret is that we had only booked him for one day. In the future I would definitely schedule a longer tour. If we go back to Ireland, Sean will be the first person we contact. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for research into their heritage or anyone interested in the history of Ireland. He is the perfect model of Irish hospitality and overall just one of the nicest people we had the pleasure to spend the day with.”
Thanks Sean for a great tour. You were my father’s highlight of the vacation for sure. He is already trying to make plans to go back.
Julie Stukel, Rockford, Illinois wrote:
I’ve just returned from a very special trip to Ireland and want to thank My Ireland Heritage and Sean Quinn, our genealogist/tour guide for providing me with one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.
The trip was a gift from my daughter on my 70th birthday. She knew that I had been researching our family for many years and had always wanted to see the land our ancestors left so long ago. Jane found My Ireland Heritage on the internet, and after comparing them with other companies and speaking with Sean she decided that this would be the perfect way for us to combine genealogy and sight-seeing in our adventure. She and my other daughter and 20 year old grandson were also coming along, and genealogy didn’t interest them as much as it did me.
I began working online with Sean 6 months before we were to leave for Ireland. I gave him as much information as I had on family members that left Ireland in the mid 1800’s with the hope that he would be able to locate some records, or at least a place that they had lived. Right from the beginning he began to send information to us, his contacts within Ireland and his access to records that we were unable to get online added a great deal to what I already had. Most importantly to be able to see the actual little towns that they left and to understand what living conditions must have been during those years, to learn about the quality of the land, was it good farmland, or rocky poor land, etc.. land quality stays the same over time. Sean even arranged for us to meet a descendent of my great-great grandmother when we toured Limerick. What a nice gentleman he was.
Because Sean had such an intimate knowledge of the history of the country and so much experience as a tour guide we got an education on every site we visited. We were up early in the morning and got back to our various hotels before dinner so we also got a chance to enjoy the nightlife in the pubs and restaurants. Contrary to popular belief, Irish food is great. We didn’t have a bad meal – and we toured a large part of the country. Wonderful beef, chicken, and seafood, fresh vegetables and fruit and fantastic baked goods. We didn’t gain any weight because we were always on the move – lots to see, and we saw it. Thanks to Sean’s great driving skills we hit the back roads that only a local would know so we saw things that you’d never see on a tour bus.
I will be going back to Ireland soon – I’ve learned a great deal about my family, where they lived, how they lived, why they had to leave their country; now I want to spend some time just enjoying the beautiful countryside and showing it to my friends who will be traveling with me. Thanks to Sean and My Ireland Heritage, I know we will have a great tour.