About Dara McCarthy

Welcome to the website of Dara McCarthy, a tour guide from Dublin Ireland who provides tours of his home town.

irish tour guide

I give walking tours of my home town Dublin and driving tours of the rest of Ireland. I have a degree in History, am a Fáilte Ireland approved tour guide for Dublin City and environs and I also work for Rick Steves in Dublin and throughout Ireland.

Past employments include Trinity College Dublin, the Vatican and Rome for 5 years, Glasnevin Cemetery (Irish National Cemetery) and the General Post Office (Headquarters of the 1916 Rising).

My clients have included Presidents, Prime Ministers, Deputy Prime Ministers, politicians, journalists, actors but most of the people who take tours with me are normal members of the public like yourself.

  • Dara leading a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery
  • rick steves dublin tour guide
  • Taking Liam Cunningham and Jim Sheridan on Tour
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  • Nick Robinson from the BBC Interviews Dara
  • Dara leading a tour of the Vatican with hair

dublin tour guide

I have an honours degree in History and Political Science from UCD (Ireland's Largest University) and am also an official authorised tour guide for Dublin City and Environs, approved by Failte Ireland, Ireland's tourism authority. If you would like to see my Dublin walking tours, please click here.

vatican tour guide

Many of you visiting this site may have had a friend take one of my Vatican & Sistine Chapel tours in Rome, where I lived for five years. I offer a licensed tour guide service where you can book one of my tour guides in the Eternal City. I still have many friends who live in Rome and I visit the city often.

rome tour guide

Having provided tours of Rome Italy for a few years, I decided to publish my tour notes on the attractions of the Eternal which you can read for free here. If you are travelling to Rome I have excellent tour guide contacts who can bring you on a walking or driving tour of the attractions of the Italian capital.


I occasionally write electronic and classical music which you can listen to and download for free here.

the name dara

Dara McCarthyIf you are visiting this site from outside Ireland, my first name, Dara, is an Irish name for men, first noted in Celtic Literature The Tain Bo Cualaigne about events dating from the first century AD. Like many Celtic names, my name is quite common in Ireland.

The name first occurs in the Bible, 1 Chronicles 2:6: "The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara,five in all". Spelling variations include Daire and Darragh.