Con Moriarty

Con Moriarty grew up in one of the world's very special places—amidst the wild peaks of the McGillycuddy Reeks and Killarney Valley of Ireland's County Kerry. From an early age, Con has been awake to the spirit of this magical place. The rich Gaelic culture of his upbringing steeped him in a wealth of folklore and history, and the intriguing story of Ireland and its peoples are a central passion for Con. Traveling with Con and his friends in Ireland is truly a learning adventure—walking and experiencing the "hidden Ireland." A keen mountaineer, Con has climbed and traveled extensively in the mountain environments of Scotland, the European Alps, the US, Nepal, Kenya, Irian Jaya, Australia, Patagonia, and New Zealand.

Upcoming Trips:

Spirit of Ireland, August 30-September 7, 2014
Spirit of Ireland, May 22-30, 2015
Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way, June 2015
Spirit of Ireland, June 19-27, 2015
Spirit of Ireland, July 25-August 2, 2015
Spirit of Ireland, August 29-September 6, 2015

Client Testimonials:


You come away from this trip feeling really connected to the history, culture, geography, and people of Ireland. And the credit should go to Con Moriarty. He is one of the greatest characters I’ve come across in my life. Jan Edward P., Schaumburg IL
Emerald Isle
Poetry readings, traditional Irish music, fantastic hiking and scenery, and Con’s knowledge and concern made this trip an emerald gem in the WT collection. Rachel S., Somerset NJ
Emerald Isle
Con truly worked hard to make sure we learned a lot, had fun, got exercise, and experienced lots of Irish culture. He ranks up there with the best. Andrea Rosenthal, Pacific Palisades CA
Emerald Isle
Con Moriarty is a trip leader par excellence and a great human being. I’d go on a trip with him again in a heartbeat. Carol B., Redwood City, CA Con is totally passionate about his country, its history, its music, and its mountains, and he shared so much of this with us, giving us as rich a cultural experience as we could possibly have had. Suzy M., Pittsburgh, PA
Spirit of Ireland
Con was a joy to travel with and his love of Ireland could shine through the heaviest of clouds. Barbara S., San Antonio, TX
Spirit of Ireland
Con is really someone special. He knows an immense amount about and is passionate about his home and is amazingly tuned to the land and its story and people. Ann R., Columbia, SC
Spirit of Ireland
Friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, funny, charismatic. William K., Columbia, SC
Spirit of Ireland
Con is the best, well versed in Irish history and family connections. It was wonderful walking on his family's sacred ground. Lots of fun and history, best trip ever (of 9 WT trips!). Donald H., Farmington, CT
Spirit of Ireland
The depth and breadth of Con's knowledge of the area and the history of the Irish people is amazing. He very generously shared his pride and passion for Ireland with us, which was the unique value of this trip. Con truly is the Spirit of Ireland. Midge M., Alameda, CA
Spirit of Ireland
Con is a great natural guide, amusing, knowledgeable, supportive, and a 'gentle giant.' He has a very deep knowledge of the history of Ireland and a very deep love of his country, both of which he imparted to us. He is a very special, caring person, a consummate professional, and very committed to his calling. He worked hard every day to make the trip a wonderful experience for all! Nancy F., New York, NY
Spirit of Ireland
How did you find such a perfect leader in every way? His passion for the land he guides on, his deeply felt sharing of cultural and historical relevance, his patience, his flexibility, and his commitment to our trip success, and WT's reputation, will never be topped. Tom T., St. Louis, MO
Spirit of Ireland
Con taught us so much about Ireland's complex history, culture, and natural landscape, and emphasized the importance of integrating all these things. Jeanne T., St. Louis, MO
Spirit of Ireland
Con'a passion for Ireland, the environment, history, and people were out of this world and contagious. He is no doubt the best interpretation you could ever have of what Ireland and being Irish is all about. I cannot imagine anyone better than him. Maritza C., Bethesda, MD
Spirit of Ireland
Con seemed to know just the right events, restaurants, shops, and pubs to take us to, knew everyone in the area, and happily exhibited his love of his home country, which made us love it, too. Emily S., San Mateo, CA
Spirit of Ireland
One would have to have a heart of stone to resist falling in love with Ireland when Con is the Matchmaker. He speaks of his beloved Ireland as one would of a long-loved companion...whispering his admiration of the physical beauty, pointing out the history and difficulties that have formed the complicated yet spellbinding personality, bragging on its many accomplishments, and, sometimes, becoming exasperated with its political choices. His skill as a trip leader/event planner/host are second to none. He was as likely to find the best scone in town as he was to find an overlooked relic in the fields. I'm pretty sure he has some other- worldly connection that parted the clouds and calmed the seas so that we could experience the wonder of Skelling Michael and Great Blasket Island. Con was friends with every person in every hamlet in every area we visited. I feel privileged to have participated in his world if only for a week. Kathy L., Burlington, CT
Spirit of Ireland
A fantastic trip leader. I appreciated his deep knowledge of Ireland—the spectacular hikes he picked for us; the history of the country he shared with us; his passion for Ireland and for wanting to show us what was so special about the country. Definitely one of the best trip leaders I have had on my Wilderness Travel trips. Joyce E., Coral Cables, FL
Spirit of Ireland
Con was an exceptional leader, generous in sharing his considerable knowledge and his enthusiasm for Ireland. He's a natural teacher with a gift for condensing history and making it entertaining. John K., Ann Arbor, MI
Spirit of Ireland
Con is an amazing leader. His passion for Ireland, his incredible knowledge of Irish history, geography, and culture, and his concern for the wellbeing of all group members make him ideal for this trip. Amy K., Wardsboro, VT
Spirit of Ireland