Jane O’Brien is the owner and operator of Ennis Walking Tours. An expert guide with a Masters in local history and a history PhD from the University of Galway, she has been running tours of Ennis since 2005 but it is Jane’s storytelling skills that bring the vibrant past of the town alive for all who join her tours. She is passionate about history and her home town of Ennis and has the ability to use rich historical sources to recreate both the drama and daily life of this extraordinary town and its place in Irish history. Her acclaimed tours provide a highly entertaining and thought-provoking experience of the charming town of Ennis. Jane also works as the Castle Historian and Guide for Dromoland Castle which was once the seat of the Celtic O’Brien Kings and is now a luxury hotel.
Jane lives in Ennis with her husband, three sons and her West Highland Terrier, Oscar.
Winner of the FBD Clare Business Excellence Award for Best Tourism Initiative in Clare
Winner of multiple TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards
Great understanding of local history ~ While there are many lovely country towns in the west of Ireland, you sometimes need a person with a great understanding of local history and the ability to communicate it. Jane is that person. In showing you how Ennis grew through the years, she gives great insights into life in medieval Ireland and links it with the today’s bustling town. A highlight of our recent holiday. Trip Advisor User, Dublin
Highly Knowledgeable ~ Jane breathed life into all the historical aspects of the town. Clearly stated, she flowed from one historical period to another seamlessly, interjecting humour to bring it all alive. So much fun! Trip Advisor User, Saint Louis, Missouri.