Ann Curran

Ann Curran was born and raised in Dingle, County Kerry, and grew up surrounded by traditional Gaelic culture. She has worked in real estate, banking, and guesthouse management before settling on her favorite career to date—leading trips—and has enjoyed guiding hiking and cultural journeys throughout Ireland since 1997. Widely travelled throughout the continents, she is an extremely warm-hearted, joyful person with an infectious enthusiasm for all things Irish. Ann also invests a great deal of her time in voluntary organizations, most notably with environmental and social programs for kids and seniors.

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips:

Spirit of Ireland, May 26-June 3, 2012
Spirit of Ireland, June 16-24, 2012
Spirit of Ireland, July 21-29, 2012
Spirit of Ireland, September 1- 9, 2012
Spirit of Ireland, May 25-June 2, 2013
Spirit of Ireland, June 29-July 7, 2013
Spirit of Ireland, July 27-August 4, 2013
Spirit of Ireland, August 31-September 8, 2013
Spirit of Ireland, May 31-June 8, 2014
Spirit of Ireland, June 21-29, 2014
Spirit of Ireland, July 19-27, 2014
Spirit of Ireland, August 30-September 7, 2014

Client Testimonials:


We couldn’t have had a better experience with Ann’s ability and knowledge. B. M., Rising Sun MD Ann was a delightful person. A very caring and knowledgeable person who interacted well with our group. Her love of the Irish land and people was always obvious. Toby and Martin K., Rockville C I cannot praise this young woman enough. She continually went out of her way to make sure each of us was taken care of to the fullest extent. She’s a remarkably selfless being. WT is very fortunate to have her. Gayle F., Emerald Isle Adventure Ann is an excellent leader in all ways. Very accommodating to the special needs of clients. Joel W., Emerald Isle Adventure Ann was always professional, friendly, capable. I believe she knows half the Irish population and appears to be well loved by all. A great guide! Pat F., Emerald Isle Adventure Ann is a delightful person and very passionate about her job and about Ireland. She was able to accommodate everyone's requests. Julia K., Bend OD
Emerald Isle
Ann was a great guide. We learned so much about Ireland and we're eager to return. Marsha and Mike H.
Lafayette CA, Emerald Isle
Ann helped give the trip many personal touches that made a huge difference. Alison H., Brewster NY
Emerald Isle
Ann is a friendly, knowledgeable leader with great skills. She is easy going and a joy to be with. Martha S., Jacksonville FL
Emerald Isle
Ann was attentive, charming, and kowledgable and worked extra hard to make sure our trip was perfect in all ways. Nancy F., Skokie, IL
Spirit of Ireland
Ann was a delightful addition, always cheerful and willing to help in any way. It was wonderful hearing her stories of growing up in Dingle. Midge M., Alameda, CA
Spirit of Ireland
Ann is wonderful! Hard working, extremely competent and dedicated, and great fun to travel with. Nancy F., New York, NY
Spirit of Ireland
Ann was fun, super-efficient, and a real joy to be with, especially with her intimate knowledge of the people and region. Gary B., Hanover, NH
Spirit of Ireland
Ann is sweet, delightful, knowledgeable, and passionate. She seemed to have boundless energy, and handled everyone's individual needs and requests with enthusiasm. She was particularly warm and welcoming when we visited her hometown of Dingle, where we met many of her friends. Jeanne T., Saint Louis, MO
Spirit of Ireland
Ann was outstanding—super personal, open, flexible, dedicated, and knowledgeable. Maritza C., Bethesda, MD
Spirit of Ireland
Ann is warm, intelligent, calm, malleable, kind, well read, and well spoken. We enjoyed her and her insight thoroughly. Emily S., San Mateo, CA
Spirit of Ireland
Ann was a pure delight, so warm and gracious, not to mention hilariously funny. We had many great conversations hiking and over dinner and I always appreciated her balanced view of her beloved country. Holly R., Conshohocken, PA
Spirit of Ireland
Ann is the yang to Con's yin...fun loving, teasing, encouraging, and easy going. She lifted us up when we were tired, gave a wink and a smile after one of her many wry remarks, and kept the whole trip humming along with nary a hitch. Kathy L., Burlington, CT
Spirit of Ireland
I can't say enough about Ann. Her kindness, sense of humor, knowledge, personal attention to everyone. She's great. Ivy W., Essex, CT
Spirit of Ireland