Join us on a magical journey through Ireland's past. A rich history that is so inextricably linked with its mythology. Listen to stories of a time gone by when Pookas, fairies and giants roamed this land. Hear tales of how the Vikings were outsmarted by three Leprechauns, of epic battles and dangerous quests, of magic spells and true love. Visit the spot where Irish mermen are said to appear and who knows what you might see! Travel to the site of Irelands greatest battle and hear,first hand, how one of our greatest kings was killed in these beautiful surroundings.
Listen to the origins of the Tuatha De Danaan - how they were forced to move under ground and became known as Ireland's “Sidhe”, "Little People" or "faeries". Due to their magical nature the Tuatha could still visit the land by using magic cloaks which made them invisible. Over the years the Tuatha De Danaan have appeared in many forms to the overworld most commonly as Sidhe, Pookas, Banshees, Fairies and the most famous of them all....the leprechaun! The trickiness of Leprechauns is perfectly demonstrated by a story which comes to us from a time when the city of Dublin was on the verge of being founded!
2) Arrive at Dollymount Beach on Bull Island nature reserve
As we look out to the beautiful east on this magical setting, you can see the peninsula of Binn Eadair what is known as Howth Head. There have been many sightings over the years along this coastline, of Irish mermen. These mermen known as Merrows are not known like their female counterparts as beautiful creatures. They are in fact very disgusting looking. They have the tail of a fish, the torso of a man, small fins instead of arms, the snout of a pig and tiny ears. They wear small red caps on their heads and are very fond of a drink. Hear about Jack O' Mahoney's friendship with one, but please, do be careful where you sit!
It was on this peninsula that many centuries ago the High King of Ireland, Conn of the Hundred Battles, used to spend many an evening strolling along its beaches. You see despite his wealth, power, his prowess in Battle, and the great prosperity and peace he had brought to Ireland, he had been unable to defeat the greatest enemy of all though - death! Learn about the spell of Becúma as you re-board our bus, and let us take you back to the land of Morgan the Giant as you enjoy a complimentary drink!
3) St Annes Park - Brian Boru, The Irish King
We make our next stop at Clontarf - the site of one of Ireland's biggest, (and arguably the most important) battle. The Battle Of Clontarf signalled the end of Viking rule in Ireland but was also where one of Ireland's most famous kings, Brian Boru, was killed. This park is well known for its flora and fauna which is said to be very popular with the people of the Sidhe. The trees, shrubs and flowers provide perfect hideaways for these mystical creatures. So please do mind your step as they don’t take to kindly to being trod upon! For if you’ll remember from the tale of the Viking king, the people of the Sidhe can be a vengeful spiteful lot! Wait, Can you hear that scream behind you! Get ready here for some drama!
4) Fionn MacCumahail
And don't forget about Fionn MacCumahail - the leader of the Fianna, a band of warriors who served the High King of Ireland. They were famed for their prowess in battle which was only matched by their good deeds. They lived by their motto, “Gláine ár croi, Neart ár ngéag, Beart de réir ár mbriathar” or in English “Purity of our hearts, Strength of our limbs, Action to match our speech”. Learn about the infamous trick played on Benandonner and the mystical memory of a giant running away in fear of an oversized baby forever!
5) Finish at The Church Bar On Mary Street
The bus tour finishes at The Church Bar On Mary Street - the site where Arthur Guinness was married, and where the composer Handel practised his famous ‘Messiah’ before it’s first performance in Fishamble street, which is just across the river! But Before we lead you inside, we have one more very special, traditional song we would like to sing for you though!