I have 42 years of experience in the travel sector, beginning with Aer Lingus before going on to own, run and operate my own travel agencies and tour operators.
After living in London, New York and Boston, and starting at Crystal Travel in 2006, I can still say there is no place like home.
Home is Dungarvan in County Waterford and I return there as often as I can to see Lismore Castle, Mount Melleray Abbey and Waterford City itself.
I have been lucky enough to travel a lot,enjoying Hawaii, New Orleans and Montserrat in particular - nicknamed The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean due to the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants. I love to travel and after getting a job with Aer Lingus in 1961, it was a natural progression to become a travel agent - a job which gives me great enjoyment
Paddy, I know it has been a couple of weeks since we have been back but I wanted to write to let you know what a great trip we had and how much we enjoyed it. From the flights to the hotel to the coach bus and to the meal, everything was terrific. I was even able to connect with relatives on both sides of my family in Cork and in Galway. Everything was well planned and all went well. Hopefully, I can join you for another trip or possibly put my own trip together. Thanks again,
- Mark O'Toole, State Police Group, March 2016
I have worked with Crystal Travel since 1999 to manage my groups of police officers and their families in the planning and organizing of our trips to march in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in various towns in Ireland. Starting with a group of 26 troopers and their families in1999, the trips have been such a success that our trip in 2014 is going to have to be capped at 100! Jim, Paddy and the staff at Crystal Travel have done a fantastic job in handling all the arrangements, including flights, transfers, hotels and sightseeing. Our group now consists of state and local police officers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine, along with their families. The work and care that the staff at Crystal Travel put in to my trips is exceptional, they are a big part of the reason that my group wants to return every year.
- Michael O’Connor, Massachusetts State Police