What People


When we got up this morning we expected to see your bus in our drive ready to set off!  It would have been so much nicer to be driven somewhere interesting by you instead of having to catch up with everything that happened while we were away. We appreciated you taking us everywhere, and especially to Rushbrooke and Skibbereen. Without you, we’d probably never have found where the gasworks once were and where my mother might have been born. We’ve just looked at the photos you took at Rushbrooke and you managed not only to take a good shot of the houses, but we look better than normal too! With many thanks for your part in making our holiday such a pleasure and so memorable.

Sheila & Derrik


Just a trip of a lifetime for me. You were a key ingredient in our exceptional experience and I’m grateful to have met you and spent time with you.

Steven N. Little


Our entire group thanks you for everything you did to make the trip all the more special. You were punctual and courteous. But more importantly, by the end of the trip we considered you one of us – a group of 9 friends. Wonderful experience.

John A. Woods


I’m pleased to let you know that we were extremely satisfied by the experience. The vehicle was comfortable and clean.  Our driver, John O’Connell, was a delight. He was pleasant, accommodating, knowledgeable and prompt. John always focused on making sure that we got the most out of each day. He was instrumental in making our Irish vacation wonderful. It will be a pleasure to recommend your company to friends who may be coming to Ireland

Bob Langton


Highly Recommend

We had a lovely tour with Cork Luxury Travel late September and early October. We traveled from Dublin south to Cobh and Cork, Killarney, Galway and Howth. Our trip was enlivened by John’s wit, wisdom, insights and knowledge, enhanced of course by the many sights and stops along the way. We can’t imagine a better way to see Ireland and experience its wonderful people and hospitality. You just relax and enjoy every minute.

Susan D


John is great

John is a great guide. Friendly, easy going and a local native. He took us to Kerry near the house he grew up in to walk on a spectacular path overlooking the water with sheep scattering around us on our trek. There was not a single tourist in sight.

Steven B


The company you must use if you travel to Ireland.

John is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide we ever had. We had a plan of what we wanted to do and he embellished in to make it even more informative,adventuresome and interesting. He is a pleasant and charming individual whose only desire is to make your trip better. If you plan to go to Ireland John O’Connell and Cork Luxury travel is the only way to go

Helen & Julie


The Best Part Of Our Trip!

This was my families first trip to Ireland and I decided to try a few days with John after finding him online. So we did a big bus day tour that felt very rushed and we couldn’t stop wherever we wanted. We also did a few days on our own as well.

I have to tell you John was fantastic! He was the best part of our trip. We told him what we wanted to do and just sat back relaxed and enjoyed the view and sights. My mother said she felt like we had our own personal bodyguard who was always watching out for us and helping to make sure we were all ok. John was funny, very personable, knowledgeable about the sights we went to and we learned so much from him I just can’t say enough good things about him. If you are considering hiring John do it! He is so worth it and our trip would not have been so great without him. It was like family showing us around. I was hoping John was nice but he far exceeded my expectations. John was really the best part of our trip. We Just arrived home and we all already miss him! John thank you so much for making our first trip to Ireland spectacular and you are just a wonderful person we can’t wait to make it back to Ireland to do another tour with you!

Jessica K


The personal connection

My wife and I spent eleven days traveling around south and southwest Ireland. The first half of the trip we used transportation that we had arranged (train, bus, local cabs). The last half we used Cork Luxury Travel, and John O’Connell, and this was the best part of our trip. John lives in Cork and grew up in southwest Ireland, is from a very large extended family, and used to play Gaelic football — it seemed like everywhere we went, we ran into someone who was a cousin or who knew him from school or football. This allowed us much more intimate access to people and things than we would ever have had if we were on a bus or on our own. He showed us the small house on the Atlantic where he was born and raised. He got us special access to centuries-old stone houses in a village that was home to 230 people before everyone died or moved away during the Famine (it’s now being restored for use as an artists’ colony). John is exceptionally knowledgeable and willing to talk about anything of interest. It was easy and enjoyable to leave large parts of our days unstructured, and just “go with the flow” of whatever we liked out of John’s suggestions. Super high recommendation.

John Steel


Our 6-day tour with John O’Connell was more than we could have ever expected! John is a true professional in every way. He is extremely friendly and very skilled at driving – even on narrow mountain roads. He knew of scenic roads that tour buses wouldn’t think of taking just so that we could experience the breathtaking landscape of his lovely country.

My wife, 2 adult children (18 & 27) and I enjoyed his pleasant sense of humor and his knowledge of the different villages and counties helped make our vacation to Ireland a very personalized once in a lifetime experience. He is truly skilled at both always being available and allowing us the freedom to roam as a family. John made sure that we didn’t miss certain sights and his willingness to accommodate our requests to see the birthplace of family members as well as taking time to shop at specific merchants will forever be appreciated! Each day was a new (and marvelous) discovery thanks to him.

Personally I was amazed that John knew exactly where I needed to walk to in Cobh to take a specific photo that I wanted, not counting other spectacular photo-op locations throughout our week with him (Thanks John!). His vehicle was very clean and comfortable to travel in for the week but most important, we genuinely enjoyed the time we spent with John.

Do not hesitate to contact John O’Connell for you next tour in Ireland, we highly recommend him as your guide.



My husband and I and our three children (ages 7, 5, and 3) hired John to drive us during our 8 day trip to ireland. He was amazing and we had the trip of a lifetime. His recommendations were fantastic all along the way! We always felt at ease knowing he was looking out for us and making sure we were happy. He provided car seats for the children, snacks and water bottles. He was so professional and kind and courteous. We cannot wait to go back and see John again!
Peggy Mc

Ireland is an amazingly beautiful country and the Irish people are friendly and warm. No one exemplifies this more than John O’Connell. To call him our guide or driver would do him an injustice. John was an integral part of our Ireland experience. I haven’t stopped talking about it since our return. I can’t wait to go back, and I hope John will be available to us again. Thanks John!!!
Richard L.