COVID 19       During this difficult time for us all, we have decided to continue providing Tour Services.    Our vehicles are always regularly serviced and cleaned but we are taking extra precautions during The Corona Virus outbreak.  All the vehicle door handles, seat belts, and other points of contact are being sanitized before, during, and after each tour.  Sanitized wipes will be provided for you in our vehicles.    We understand, and appreciate, that many people will have justifiable reservations about booking a tour and yet want to be able to tour with us on arrival in Ireland so we are making temporary changes to our booking arrangements.  We are only taking a deposit of €75 regardless of the size of the vehicle or the duration of the tour. For bookings made now that subsequently need to cancel because of Corona Virus, we will refund 95% of the deposit provided we receive a minimum of 72 hours notice of cancellation. We will make the refund of 95% to you, or at your discretion hold the full deposit against a future booking.

Your guided tour can bring you to this lovely village where "The Clover Fox" has proven to be a huge favorite for lunch with our many customers. Letterfrack (Leitir Fraic in Irish from"Leitir" meaning rough hillside and perhaps from the Old Irish word "Fraig" meaning woman or "Fraoch" (meaning heather) is a small village founded by the Quakers in the mid-19th century. It is situated 15 km northeast of Clifden on Barnaderg Bay and lies at the head of Ballinakill harbor. The visitors center for Connemara National Park is nearby.

Marconi

Letterfrack was selected by Marconi as the location for the transatlantic wireless receiver station for his new duplex transatlantic wireless service. At about the same time, he built a nearly identical receiver station on the other side of the Atlantic at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Beginning in 1913, eastbound messages were sent from his Marconi Towers, Nova Scotia high power wireless station to Letterfrack; while westbound messages were sent simultaneously from the Clifden high power wireless station to Louisbourg. The Letterfrack station was closed and the service was transferred to a modern receiver station in Tywyn, Wales after his Clifden station was destroyed in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. The duplex operation, initially developed by Marconi at Letterfrack, quickly became standard practice for commercial and military radiotelegraph communication

 

Furniture Centre

Letterfrack had a reformatory industrial school that closed in 1974 and is now the location of a fine furniture design center run by The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). The GMIT courses in Letterfrack are run in partnership with Connemara West (a community and rural development organization based in North-West Connemara). Since 1987, the partnership has managed and run furniture courses. In 1987 The Regional Technical College Galway and Connemara West, (a community development company in North West Connemara jointly initiated a two-year National Certificate in Furniture Design and Manufacture. This educational partnership between GMIT Galway and Connemara West is jointly managed and run as The Furniture College, Letterfrack. The aim of the Furniture College is to enable its graduates to contribute to and influence the field of design processes and manufacture of modern furniture in ways that are innovative, creative, and responsive to the need and development of a quality Irish furniture industry. It also aims to promote the use and value of native timber in the furniture manufacturing industry. Within its first ten years of operation, this two-year national certificate course has developed a reputation for quality and high standards in the education of people for the wood and furniture industry through the successful merging of design education and technological skills. Currently, 90% of former graduates of this course are employed.

Overall 68% are directly employed in furniture or wood-related industries and 15% have established their own furniture workshops in Ireland. In 1995 a new two-year add-on B.Sc.  The  Degree in Furniture Technology commenced at the Furniture College. The overall aim of this course is to equip students with the theoretical and practical techniques which will enable them to function as professionals within the furniture manufacturing industry. This degree is characterized by theoretical and applied studies in resource management, materials, plant design, product development, and market influences necessary for the modern Irish furniture industry. The program incorporates the views and needs of the furniture industry gathered through consultation and review. The first students of this course graduated in June 1997. There is a high demand by employers for graduates of the programs, and demand always exceeds supply. The College has established linkages with both industry and colleges abroad in recent years. Through these linkages, the college places a significant number of students on work experience each year under the EU Leonardo program.

In May 1997 substantial grant aid was announced by Government to assist with the development of facilities at Letterfrack. This grant aid will go towards transforming The Furniture College into a modern college campus, thus enabling it to meet the current and future education and training needs of the Irish furniture industry.

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"Paul Hehir, our driver was the most pleasurable person to drive throughout Ireland with. If you asked me for just one word to describe Paul, it is Excellent, but my husband and I know he went beyond excellent."

Chiquita Coyne, Mexico

 

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Satisfying the customer 

Over the years we have had several compliments on our drivers from many of our satisfied customers. Click on the link to "Tripadvisor" below to read, in full, the reviews of some of our many happy customers.

"Once you experience a private guided tour, you will never consider a coach tour again! Jim is personable, knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. After 7 days in Ireland, I can say my favorite memories are those spent on our private tour. Best money spent was with Ireland West Tours."

Miss Wanderlust, South Carolina, USA

 

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