Irish Byways was born on the Irish soil, recognizing the need for a unique and highly personal exploration of remote and rich landscape of early history and mythology in Ireland. The tours are planned with brilliant guides who take you to sites of national significance and also to sites well hidden and known to be guarded by the fairies. Irish Byways Tours are designed for those sensitive to the layers of numinous presence in the land. They are for those who wish to reconnect to the energetic stillness pulsating out of hills and mountains, and flowing thru rivers, lakes and streams.
Each tour has a flow of its own, designed to allow for a more relaxed pace mostly off-the-bus and onto the land. Ample time is given so you can discover your own journey within the larger journey. You may choose to begin your day walking one of the enchanting back roads or visit an artistic shop in a quaint coastal village. You may seek a personal conversation with those who live here or a quiet place for reflection. Then, after returning from the day�s guided tour, you may find your way to to traditional Irish music and the light twist of Irish humor in one of the many local pubs.
IRISH MUSIC: We take extraordinary steps for you to hear the best of local music. Recognizing that most music in local pubs begins after 10 pm, we also arrange for two spectacular music nights with local musicians which begin about 7 pm.
Carolyn Germaine is owner and manager of Irish Byways.
The tours were born out of Carolyn’s work beginning in 2001 with the �Fire Eye� Project in Ireland. With Tour Guide, Dave Hogan, she created the�Landscape & Lore, Music & Myth Tour� and the more academic �University Study Tour�. Both focus on the remote region of Connemara, northwest of Galway. With tour guides Garry Jones and Kate Hennessy, she created �Pilgrimage to the Otherworld�, which focuses on sacred sites throughout the Republic of Ireland. She is currently in conversation with Anthony Previte to design a tour focusing on Monastic Sites. Anthony recently won the Ireland Heritage Award for his newly-published book, “A Guide to Connemara’s Early Christian Sites”. Carolyn blends her passion for the Earth, her love of poetry, and playing the traditional Irish tin whistle into the tours.
Carolyn is certified in three areas which have enriched her unique intention for Irish Byways Tours. She is certified in Co-Active Life Coaching through CTI, Spiritual Guidance through The Shalem Institute and Enneagram Leadership (an ancient personality typology). Carolyn also is a Licensed Officiant for Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies. Her website for Grand Avenue Wedding Officiants is: grandofficiants.com
Carolyn also leads three retreats of her own design: �Feast for the Soul�, �Recovering the Divine Feminine� and �The Nine Pathways of the Enneagram�. You may contact Carolyn through her website: http://www.carolyngermaine.com , through email below or phone 920.850.2789
Irish Music on our Tours
Ireland is steeped in traditional music; it feels as if it comes from the very rocks and mists of the land.
Fire Eye Music Suite
A unique and essential element of the Pilgrimage to the Otherworld Tour revolves around music. At the core of the tour lies "The Fire Eye Music Suite", composed by Garry Jones, Tour Guide.