I'm over 30 years working in Travel. My parents opened their Travel Agency the year I was born and I think travel has always been part of who I am!
I specialise in tailor-made, luxury & long haul holidays, but I will arrange whatever trips you have in mind. Your travels should be a memorable experience and I pride myself on my level of commitment to clients and the expertise I offer.
I also provide travel services for a number of corporate clients here in the Mid-West. In 2018, I was delighted to win the ‘Best Corporate Travel Counsellor‘ award in recognition of 'the exceptional quality of service and customer satisfaction provided' to my corporate clients.
I've travelled extensively throughout Europe (cities, sun & ski resorts), USA, Australia, South Africa, Dubai, Mexico, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Bolivia, Iceland, India and all over the Caribbean…......most recently I’ve been to Santorini and Kwazulu Natal !
Travel Counsellors are licensed and bonded here in Ireland by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and so your money is completely safe. As a professional Travel Counsellor, I’m available at a time that best suits your needs - 6 days a week. My commitment to all my clients begins long before they travel and continues after they’ve arrived home.
If you would prefer a face to face meeting, that can also be arranged and I’d be happy to meet you in the evenings or at weekends and together we can plan your special holiday.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
08 September 2021
Ok, let’s just get it out there. Santorini is Stunning with a capital S. Why? Because of the views on the west coast - where the towns and villages are perched precipitously high on the rim of the volcano crater – are simply outstanding. These lovely towns overlook the island’s famous ‘Caldera’ which is the lagoon/sea far below occupying the space where the volcano-centre once simmered before a massive eruption thousands of years ago blew everything to pieces. What remained when the lava settled was an arc (on the right hand side) which is Santorini and a few smaller islands...
09 September 2019
India was always on my bucket list and I guess it was only a matter of time before I visited. Its vast size dictates that one must take bite-sizes to start at least so we chose the North’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Flying from Shannon to Dehli via Heathrow our first stay was at the landmark Claridges Hotel, India’s first ever 5* hotel, built in 1952 and located in the planned New Delhi area. The hotel was in a good location and have great facilities and service. On our first full day we visited the massive Red Fort and...
06 December 2018
My South African Adventure began in Johannesburg. Our small group cycled around the sprawling Soweto Township in the company of local guide Marvin from Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers. What a place! We took in Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world which has been home to two Noble Peace Prize Winners - Nelson Mandela & Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Then off to the nearby ‘Orlando Towers’ for ‘The Big Drop’ – like a bungee jump but with a net instead of a bungee-cable.... not for the faint hearted. We flew south to Port Elizabeth on the coast and drove one hour to...
27 October 2017
Boston had been on my ‘to-do’ list for many years and I eventually visited for a long weekend in mid-September. A beautiful time, it felt like late-summer with clear blue skies, mild temperatures - and not too crowded with those pesky tourists! The great thing about Boston is that the historic city core is perfectly compact, enclosed as it is to the north and east by Charles River and the sea, so the main sights are literally within walking distance of each other. Even the trip in from Logan airport is just a short spin. Like many cities, you’ll pay...
12 April 2017
I’ve just had a fantastic trip to Dubai. It’s been 18 years since I was there last and boy has the place changed beyond recognition! But what hasn’t changed is the heat. Beautifully warm, high 20’s from November to April inclusive, but unbearably hot & humid June to September inclusive, so choose your month carefully. It’s also pretty expensive! The best place to stay is the Dubai Marina area and our hotel (the 5* Grosvenor House) was right in the middle of it. Twin towers, 45 floors each, great rooms, fantastic service and just minutes to Jumeriah beach. The hotel courtesy...
01 November 2016
That’s what the ads say, but there’s a lot more to Iceland than fire & ice. I travelled there for 4 days and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It’s just over two hours flying time from Dublin, with five flights a week, plus occasional charters, Iceland is certainly accessible. Most Icelanders speak excellent English and are very friendly if somewhat quirky! Their Viking heritage has moulded a proud and confident nation and there is a feeling of optimism and prosperity, particularly in the capital. Iceland sits on the meeting point of two of the world’s tectonic plates. Their...
25 October 2014
I was really lucky to be invited to travel on the inaugural sailing of Royal Caribbean’s amazing ship - ‘Quantum of the Seas’. We flew direct from Dublin to Southampton and had a short transfer to the cruise port. Check-in was quite the spectacle; hundreds of people seamlessly checked through by friendly staff with iPads and once we boarded, our luggage awaited us in our superb balcony stateroom. On the desk in our room were our ‘WOW Bands’ which are bracelets with a microchip which serves as your stateroom key and ‘Seapass’ card. Having the balcony is a real bonus...
Sent in by Lorraine Walsh
Ennis, 22 September 2021
Brilliant customer service as always, and presentation box was absolutely beautiful! Thank you
Sent in by Alison Lalli
Corofin, Co. Clare, 25 February 2020
Gearoid has decades of experience. He has seen and heard it all so gives great advice and service. Gearoid does what he says he will do and in the most prompt fashion, not losing a moment or dropping a ball. He is charming, thoughtful and warm, a real gentleman to work with. I highly recommend him.
Sent in by Siobhan Ni Chonarain
Monkstown, Dublin, 25 February 2020
I have had a consistently positive experience throughout all of my interactions with Gearoid Mannion Travel Counsellor; efficient, client focused, responsive and in addition to operating an excellent ‘digital platform’ maintaining a personal connectivity demonstrating ‘ commitment to the customer’
Sent in by Billy O'Connell
Miltown Malbay, 25 February 2020
I found the service so user-friendly. Gearoid was always available and when my plan changed he could accommodate me. Obviously its great to have him for complex travel arrangements, but even for journeys I just couldn't get around to arranging Gearoid is always available. I have already recommended him to my friends. I am coming up to retirement so I can imagine Gearoid and I will have many more contacts in the future!
Sent in by Frank McEnery
Kilmaley, 29 November 2019
I have been dealing with Gearoid for the last 30 years and I have always found Gearoid to be very helpful and I wouldn't book with anyone else!
Sent in by Judie Austin
North Carolina, USA, 22 October 2019
I would not consider using anyone else for my Travel plans. We always have wonderful service with Gearoid.
Sent in by Peter Lynch
Shannon, 12 October 2019
I do a lot of travelling from all directions. From Perth to North Bay Canada, to South Africa and Chile. It is vital not to have to be worried about connections, flights, or anything that distracts, and Gearoid and his team have been 100% reliable for me over the last 5 years. Keep it up!
Sent in by Suzanne Dowdall
Dublin, 10 October 2019
We have just booked flights over Christmas to Asia with Gearoid, a wonderful experience with a lot of personal attention paid to my mom and I. I would highly recommend booking with him!
Sent in by Kate Deegan
Ennis, 06 August 2019
Fantastic service, super efficient and a pleasure to deal with!
Sent in by Patrick Donnellan
Clarecastle, 01 August 2019
We've been booking our travel with Gearoid for over 20 years and it gives us great peace of mind knowing we can pick up the phone and chat to him anytime before, during and after our booking. We had another fantastic tailor-made adventure and are already looking forward to planning our next one with him!
Sent in by Marguerite O'Brien
Clarecastle, 25 July 2019
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday which couldn’t have happened without Gearoid. He had very short notice and an ever changing itinerary but nothing was too much to ask and we are so very grateful. We will highly recommend Gearoid as a superb Travel Counsellor and look forward to availing of this service again very soon.
Sent in by Helen Flynn
Miltown Malbay, 25 July 2019
Gearoid has always been so helpful and informative in sourcing an excellent holiday experience for me and my family and I always highly recommend him to my friends
Sent in by Olive Casey
Ennis, 25 May 2019
Gearoid was wonderful to deal with and he had such patience with all our changes.
Sent in by Claire Burke
Miltown Malbay, 24 May 2019
It’s a pleasure to deal with Gearoid. He makes booking a holiday so easy!
Sent in by Patricia O'Brein
Ennis, 02 May 2019
Friendly, knowledgeable, professional and super responsive!
Sent in by Mary Cahill
Ennis, 02 May 2019
Excellent service provided by Gearoid, very professional and makes travelling so easy - well done!
Sent in by Sean Lally
Ennis, 14 April 2019
10/10,. An excellent, easy to use service provided by Gearoid. It takes the stress out of travelling long haul.
Sent in by Carmel Kavanagh
San Francisco, 14 April 2019
My experience was a pleasure from beginning to end. Gearoid understood exactly what I was looking for and has booked us an amazing cruise on the Mediterranean. We can’t wait and are confident that Gearoid will be available for us along the way.
Sent in by Anastasia Moroney
Scarriff, 14 April 2019
I found the service excellent, wonderful to have a human at the end of the line when trying to do business and I'm very impressed with the caring attitude of Gearoid. Thank you. 10/10 .
Sent in by Paul Hardigan
Ennis, 23 November 2018
I would have no hesitation in recommending Gearoid to anybody. The whole process, from start to finish was a pleasure. Easy to engage with and everything was well explained with thorough documentation. I will definetly use Gearoid Mannion,Travel Counsellor again!
Sent in by Emma McGann
Ennis, 22 November 2018
Gearoid was super to deal with, I sent a quick email detailing my wish list and in less than 30 minutes I had decided and paid the deposit, He understood my needs and made his recommendations to suit in relation to flight times etc. His knowledge is exceptional and as he has many years in the business. I knew I could trust his recommendations. I would use Gearoid again and would definitely recommend him to others!
Sent in by Susan Crawford
Miltown Malbay,Co.Clare, 05 November 2018
Gearoid has taken the stress, hassle and expense out of attempting to plan/travel and return from all of our travel plans. Equally he is a super support if you’re travelling with someone with autism. We’d be lost without him (pardon the pun)!
Sent in by John O'Farreell
Ballyhahill, Co.Limerick, 04 November 2018
Gearoid could not be more helpful in finding the perfect location for our family holiday and all within our budget. I would highly recommend him!
Sent in by Marie Slattery
Barefield, 02 November 2018
10/10. Gearoid is just superb and works all hours to get everything just right. I would absolutely highly reccommend him!
Sent in by Rhys Phillips
Corofin,Co.Clare, 02 November 2018
Gearoid was excellent to deal with. He planned our honeymoon and I couldn't recommend him enough. Made our lives stress free and we could just go and enjoy ourselves. He's a world full of knowledge and will defo guide you in the right direction.
Sent in by Josephine O' Donnell
, 13 October 2018
I give full marks, it was so easy, everything was done for us. We have a party of 11 traveling and the cheapest we could get by far was with Gearoid Mannion. We will all be sitting side by side. Best service EVER. 10/10
Sent in by Bridget Tubridy
Doonbeg, 24 April 2018
Gearoid went above and beyond helping and advising me on travel options and arrangements on a recent trip to South Carolina, Las Vegas and New York. Nothing was too much trouble. He is so helpful, knowledgeable and friendly! Thanks!
Sent in by Valerie Vaughan
Ennis, 30 October 2017
Gearoid, a few words of thanks for assisting me with my surprise trip to Lapland for my 9 yr old son. From the out set I felt confident that this important, once in a life time adventure was in good hands. You had so much knowledge of the destination and a real understanding of what would be important to making this trip as memorable as possible for us. All the info you have provided has added to the excitement of our upcoming trip and I feel so assured that I will be kept updated of anything should it arise. The fact that you facilitated suitable insurance including multiple options for our needs was just so helpful. Having such a personalised service is truely wonderful and thank you so much.
Sent in by Helen Flynn
Miltown Malbay, 07 October 2017
Great service as always provided by Gearoid on booking and planning my recent trip. Due to the recent difficulties with Ryanair, it was a consolation to know that Gearoid was available should any problems arise while I was on holiday. I would highly recommend booking any trip through Gearoid's business. I will certainly be using his services in the future.
Sent in by Robert Saunders
Kilrush, 04 October 2017
Booking through Gearoid was an absolute joy. He listened carefully to what we expected from our holiday last year and he nailed each one of our requests to perfection. He removed all stress from the preparation and always remained in touch. He is very approachable. We have again booked our holiday for this year with Gearoid and are confident of another perfect holiday.
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Contact me on 065 6824211 086 8120055