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

From Dublin Ireland originally, I studied history in university and started tour guiding in Trinity College Dublin. Finishing my degree, I was employed by publishing companies in Ireland to proof-read or check proposed historical works for accuracy before they went to print. Bored with the office job, I moved to Rome Italy and started giving tours of the Eternal City and the Vatican in particular. I became a licensed tour guide for Vatican City and brought 35,000 people through the headquarters of the Catholic Church.

Returning to Dublin a few years back, I have worked in the National Cemetery and later 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.

  • Nick Robinson from the BBC Interviews Dara
  • Taking Liam Cunningham and Jim Sheridan on Tour
  • Dara leading a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery
  • 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 tours, please click here.

vatican tour guide

Many of you visiting this site may have heard of my Vatican & Sistine Chapel tours in Rome, where I lived for four years. I offer a licensed tour guide service where you can book one of my tour guides in the Eternal City.

rome tour guide

I used to provide tours of Rome Italy and I have published my tour notes on the attractions of Rome which you can read for free here. If you are travelling to the Eternal City 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".