Joe Walsh Tours was established in 1961 and remains one of Ireland’s leading travel companies providing a wide range of travel services at unbeatable prices.

We are the largest fully Irish owned tour operator providing group travel to pilgrimage destinations and are proud to continue the traditional high standards of service set by our founder 56 years ago. We are family owned and operated and are uniquely placed to know our customer and respond to their individual needs.

Travelling with Joe Walsh Tours, you will benefit from our personal attention and professional service throughout and we look forward to welcoming you on one of our tours.

Joe Walsh was born and raised in Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland, and on leaving school, he worked with the Ulster Transport Authority. On moving to London, he worked with Thomas Cook – and swiftly saw the potential in the growing travel industry. A Dublin move followed, and in 1961, set up his own business – Joe Walsh Tours, in a small office in Nassau Street, with three hard working employees.

From the start his style was evident – a family man, this showed in his management approach, and also in his philosophy and aim for his company. The personal touch was important – and sons Cormac, Barry and David Walsh now run the business. It also showed in his determination to provide affordable holidays out of Ireland at a modest price whilst maintaining close ties with Northern Ireland.

Joe Walsh Tours' success is undoubtedly due to its ability to read and match market demand. As a travel history of the nation – it shows how far we have come from those “affordable packages” in the 1960s. From the start, Joe Walsh Tours catered for the masses and offered a variety of diverse holidays. It innovated the move of Irish tour companies chartering their own aircraft, spotted a great opportunity in the religious market and specialised in travel from dioceses whilst continuing to offer a great selection of escorted tours – plus those sun holidays.

Joe Walsh Tours moved with the times – from the first computerized booking system in Ireland or the UK to worldwide packages. Sports travel – from Heineken Cup and Champions League finals, to rugby play offs and soccer finals became an important part of the business along with cruising holidays and Military and Heritage tours. You didn’t just go on honeymoon with Joe Walsh Tours - you could go away and get married with them as well. Having supplied the family and business market, Joe Walsh Tours focused on the young traveller’s interests, with School and College travel to traditional European cities and tours off the beaten track. Of course, there was also plenty of choice with music and fun tours including Paul Claffey tours and Disneyland Paris packages.

Over the years, Joe Walsh Tours has certainly proved itself to be the best option on group and specialised holidays.
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Joe Walsh Tours are fully licensed and bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland and the Civil Aviation Authority in the United Kingdom. T.O. 052 | T.A. 689 | ATOL 5163