Relax and see Ireland with Dove Chauffeur Drive
Executive chauffeurdriven vacations in Ireland with Dave Hogan and Dovechauffeurdrive
For your own especially designed Tour of the Republic of Ireland/West and South west

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Message from Dave Hogan to all of my friends in the USA.

It has been some time since i posted on my Blog, and i believe that there may be friends out there in
the USA, and elsewhere,who may be concerned as to where i have disappeared to in the last while. Firstly, let me apologise, as i am fine, as are all of my family, and indeed my close friends, and all is well here, when it comes to the important things in life, but like everybody elsewhere right now, we are in the middle of a horrible pandemic. Thank God, our government have done a really great job in dealing with this virus, and containing it from the begining, and we are now begining to see the fruits of our labour slowly materialising. It is coming under control, thanks to the wonderful cooperation of the public, but it is far from over yet. Everything is closed down here, and will remaining that way until our medical experts give us the go ahead to begin to relax things.
I am so disappointed for all of those people who had booked tours with me for the coming season, some of them who should be here right now, but virtually all of them have re-schedueled for later dates, some already for next year. This is the most sensible line to follow, and i will continue to help in any way that i can, but the safety of my clients is of the utmost importance to me, and i am sure to all those people concerned. You will have your vacation, and at a time where you will be able to relax and enjoy an Ireland, free form the grip of this horrific virus. In the meantime, stay safe, and stay well. I look forward so much to bringing you on the vacation of a lifetime when we do get together. Thank you all sincerely for your magnificent cooperation in helping me to put together our new arrangements. Those of you who have not finalised things yet, do not worry, we will look after you and make sure you too get that vacation you want to have in Ireland with me.
A reminder of the past, this ruined house at Slea Head on the Dingle peninsula, and directly below, a sheep, grazing on the cliff edge over Clew Bay on Achill Island, off the coast of County Mayo.
A seagull, resting on the wall at Slea Head, enjoying the glorious sunshine, and the clean fresh Atlantic air. He has no need to worry.
At the same spot, with the famous Blasket Islands in the background, a happy group of my pals, on their Dave Hogan tour. Do you guys  remember this?

The main reason i am posting pictures featuring the coastline and the Islands, is that in previous times, these places escaped diseases and famine, due to the fact that the people on these islands were isolated and safe. The mainland did suffer, and we paid a heavy price for that,as we did during the horrific famine in the mid eighteen hundreds. Many of my USA friends, are descended from Irish men and women who fled the country during that time.

I am aware of the amount of suffering everybody has to endure now, the worry itself is hard to handle, especially for those people who have underlying health problems, but we can all pray for each other, and please God this will pass off in the not too distant future. We should especially pray for those among us who have lost family members, and friends, and who are grieving badly at this time.
You are all in my prayers.
If you do need me for anything, or just want to say hello, i would love to hear from you.
Your friend in Ireland, always.
God bless you all.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Preparing for touring season 2020 with Dave Hogan and Dovechauffeurdrive.

Already we are preparing for the 2020 Touring season at Dovechauffeurdrive, with great expectations for another bumper year, like the 2019 one just ending recently. The enquiries are already coming in, so if you are seriously thinking about coming my way, then please make contact soon, as i hate to have to disappoint any latecomers. We cover all of the Republic of Ireland and all our guides and drivers are fully trained and qualified, and most importantly, fully insured, which is something you better be aware of when selecting someone to look after all the necessary details of your tour. We are also members of the ICDA, the Irish Chauffeurdrive Association, which only accepts Chauffeurdrive companies who have all the necessary requirements.
I myself was born and reared in the Republic of Ireland, in the heart of that area now known famously as The Wild Atlantic Way. It is that region all along the Western seaboard of this beautiful island of ours, all along the Atlantic ocean, a land of mighty mountains, magnificent seascapes, boglands, lakes and rivers, and littered with small towns and villages, where you meet the real Irish. Those people who still speak our native Irish language, and people who survived the worst of our horrific famine back in the eighteen hundreds.
How special it is to be able to mingle with these most friendly natives in an old style Irish pub, and strike up a conversation over your pint of Guinness, with some traditional Irish music to complete the perfect setting. This for me is a real Irish holiday, and for so many of my friends from the USA who have come home to see for themselves, all these wonderful places and things they have heard so much about since their childhood.

The following photos are just some samples of some of the wonderful sights you can see on your way along the Wild Atlantic Way.  
Above,  a beautifully preserved old Norman style round tower castle near the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, with the Aran Islands lying in the wild Atlantic on the horizon.
 The statues commemorating Annie Moore and her two little brothers in 1892
 The very popular Torc waterfall in the Killarney National Park in County Kerry, on the Ring of Kerry.
 À freshly cut trailer of Irish pete,or turf as it is locally known, waiting to be taken home for the winter fires.
 One of the traditional Irish fishing boats, in the tiny harbour in Kinvara, on the shores of Galway Bay.
 A road on the Conor Pass in Dingle. Do you really want to drive roads like this yourself? Maybe you might enjoy it more with us at the wheel.
 One of my favourite pictures, this cow, standing on top of this loose stone wall at the back of my garden, enjoying a feed of ivy. She is roughly five feet off the ground here and how she managed it , i do not know.
 The restores Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Laune in Killarney.

 One of the ancient beehive huts on the Dingle Peninsula, once upon a time, home to ancient fishermen and farmers.
And finally here we have one of Galways most famous sights, the Spanish Arch, once upon a time, one of the entrance gates to the old Anglo Norman city of Galway.This was the place of my birth, where i went to school, learned my Irish language, became a native speaker, learned my music, my Irish history, and grew to love just everything about Ireland, and about being Irish. 
I would love to hear from you, and maybe you just might want to come tour with me, and learn a lot more as we travel together. I know you will love this adventure.