The Guide


Tony Kirby was born in Limerick city. He has also lived in Dublin (civil servant) and Bologna (English language teacher). He started to conduct walking tours in Dublin city in the late 1990s. In 2002 Tony moved to the Burren in County Clare where he founded a small walking tourism enterprise which offers a wide variety of guided Burren walks.

In 2012 he produced the short film West Cork set at St Gobnait’s monastic site in Ballyvourney, County Cork. The film was screened at the 2012 Cork International Film Festival.

A new edition of Kirby’s critically acclaimed book The Burren and the Aran Islands A Walking Guide (Collins Press, 2009) was published in August 2014.

Outside of work, Tony is active at the community hub X-PO in the parish of Killinaboy. X-PO is housed in the former Killinaboy post office.  X-PO activities include a singers' club, a local history/mapping group, art classes, heritage talks, Irish language lessons, exhibitions....

Tony lives in Killinaboy with his wife Eimer and two young sons. The family sometimes reaches high points in Ireland together.


Jake Mc Manus is a genial Dubliner with a real passion for hiking the Irish countryside. He has a small company called Trek Ireland through which Jake makes films of some of Ireland's premier walking regions.

The films are virtual tours of the outdoors featuring local expert guides. I had the good fortune to collaborate with Jake on his Burren film. 

This short excerpt features a hiking trail in the Burren National Park. There are three other Trek Ireland Burren film excerpts on the website. 


Heart of Burren Walks has featured in………………

MAGAZINES   – Cara (Aer Lingus in-flight) and Knack (Belgium) ;

RADIO –  CBS (USA) and RTE (Ireland);

TV -  RTE and TG4 (Ireland).


Heart of Burren Walks is strongly recommended by guide books Fodor’s, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Guide de Routard and Rick Steves Ireland.


Irish Times, Irish Independent, Sunday Tribune, Sunday Business Post (Ireland) ;
Guardian and Daily Telegraph (UK) ;
Hannoversche Allgemeine (Germany) ;
USA Today and The West Australia


"I was so lucky to be a part of your tour as a participant of the Fáilte Ireland press trip this September. I really enjoyed your enthusiasm and your deep knowledge of the Burren."

Peter Kyhl Olesen. Journalist with Jyllands-Posten, daily newspaper Denmark.


"Thanks to Tony for making our guided Burren walk an unforgettable experience. A Burren walk with Tony offers beauty, geology, history, nature, politics, ideas, serenity, spirituality . . . and as much exercise as you tell him you want. This is the one to take." 

Tom Quinn, Dublin Ireland

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