About Dara McCarthy

Welcome to the website of Dara McCarthy, a Dublin tour guide who provides private Dublin walking tours and day trips from Dublin.

Dublin tour guide

I provide private walking tours of things to do in Dublin and driving tours of the rest of Ireland. I have a degree in History from University College Dublin, am a Fáilte Ireland approved tour guide for Dublin City and environs and I also work for Rick Steves in Dublin and throughout Ireland.

I have 10 years tour guiding experience including at 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. If you would like to see my Dublin walking tours, please click here.

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

vatican tour guide

michelangelo the sistine chapelMany 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 for work and pleasure often.

rome tour guide

squares of romeHaving 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.


download free music onlineI 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 a common Irish name for men, first noted in Celtic Literature The Tain Bo Cuailgne 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.