“Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place."

Born in Melbourne with both parents hailing from Co. Tipperary. So from a very early age we would travel back to Ireland for holidays to catch up with all the family. Hence the travel bug that I suffer from – seriously always planning the next trip / the next holiday. So the “bug” has definitely become a “disease” – as at this stage I have travelled back to Ireland over 40 times.

My Travel Career

Whilst at Monash University, I would help out at my Dads travel agency and got a taste for the travel industry. Once I finished studying I joined the Concorde International Group in consolidation from there I joined World Aviation (another division of Concorde) where I worked representing different airlines – such as Gulf Air, Air Malta & Aer Lingus. I then moved to Sydney to where I worked as National Sales Manager for Brendan Tours and then with Tourism Ireland. On return to Melbourne I worked with New South Wales Tourism. Back to Concorde where I worked with Ninemsn and Expedia developing an online portal for travel. Having spent most of my time in wholesale, I then moved to work for my Dads travel agency and this is where my love of retail started. In 2002, together with my Mum we opened Emerald Travel and 6 months later my Dad Seamus joined us. It has been a wonderful opportunity to work with and help so many.

Travelled to

Ireland, UK, Italy, Greece, Turkey, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Vietnam, Fiji, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong, USA, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, China, Oman and United Arab Emirates, New Zealand & Australia.

Dream Holiday

Any holiday is a dream but would love to travel to Canada, Cuba & Peru!!


Singing, theatre, food and wine, reading and my friends !!

Community Involvement

Irish Chamber of Commerce (previous board member), Chair of Melbourne Rose of Tralee Radio Present for Glor Na Gael (Irish Program) – 3ZZZ

Travel Tip

To have an open mind when travelling and never compare cities / places – each place has something unique to offer.

and have the time of your life

"As everyone will have no doubt heard or read, travelling overseas in 2020 has been difficult to say the least. Unfortunately we went through every ex-pat's worst nightmare, news came through of a critically ill relative in Ireland, and I was forced to make the difficult decision to leave my wife and kids in Australia during the peak of Melbourne's second wave in August. The level of customer service and attention to detail shown by Chris at Emerald Travel in booking the trip was not only excellent, her work has had a profound positive impact on all our family, both here and in Ireland, and will stay with us forever. We will forever be indebted to Chris, and we look forward to booking all our future trips home with Emerald Travel. Go raibh míle, míle maith agat!"

Ray Boland
Ray Boland

“Having been recommended Chris and the team at Emerald Travel by a friend, I used them recently to arrange an emergency trip back to the UK. Rules were changing on a daily basis but even during this very stressful time, Chris managed to ensure that I got to the UK and and back again, even when it looked impossible.  I highly recommend Emerald Travel and will definitely use again! Thanks Chris!”

Anna Poore
Anna Poore

"The beauty of the Emerald Isle and it's people will stay with me forever. Just a note to thank all the team at Emerald Travel and Tourism Ireland for helping to make our journey to Ireland so magical. It really was a trip of a lifetime. The beauty of the Emerald Isle and it's people will stay with me forever. From the history and charm that Dublin had to share and the quaint magic of Kildare, to the breathtaking scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way, there was so much beauty at every turn, I am already looking forward to my return."

R. McCormack
R. McCormack
Competition Winner

"Outstanding service for group travel. We have used Emerald Travel on numerous occasions for our work conferences.  Whether it be international or domestic the service from Emerald Travel and Debbie in particular has been flawless.  Their knowledge and recommendations of the places we have travelled to has been excellent.  Organising 30 + people is not an easy task and Debbie and Chris have always been so patient and happy to make changes and accommodate us whenever needed. Our staff love receiving their personalised travel wallets from Emerald Travel, organising us right down to the little suitcase address tags."

M. Hurley
M. Hurley
Grimsey PTY Ltd

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