What now for Ireland’s tour guides – our ‘storytellers, fixers and friendly faces’?

Eight years ago, Lorraine O’Dwyer sat in tears at her kitchen table in Co Wexford.

Eight years ago, Lorraine O’Dwyer sat in tears at her kitchen table in Co Wexford. The shower had broken upstairs and was spraying water around her, but that wasn’t the only reason she was crying.

I’d gone through a very difficult break-up with my now ex-husband. I also found out that I had cancer… I thought, how can life get any worse than this? My mother said to me, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. And I said, what the hell is coming that I need to be this strong for?”

But 2020 had an answer. O’Dwyer, who set up her tour and experience business Gallivanting (gallivanting.ie) after that low point, began the year with a busy diary.