“Go First Class, Your heirs will!!”

Born in the capital of Ireland – “Tipperary”, I moved to Australia with my wife Mary in 1969. We settled in Melbourne and had 2 children, Christina & Patrick. Right from our arrival in Melbourne, Mary & I were very involved with the Irish community through the GAA playing hurling with Young Irelands. It was through this involvement that established our social network and today many of our best friends are from those early days – they become your Australian family.

It was important that our children understood and knew about their Irish heritage. This was of course done through sport, Irish Dancing and later through music. It is with pride that to this day each of the children are proud to be Irish Australians and involved in the Irish community. I now have 2 grandchildren – Darcy & Ava and still we love to tell them about their family in Ireland and ensure they know about the music and the people.

My Travel Career

For 20 years Mary and I had our own taxi business and then I moved into Sales for an Irish travel agency in Melbourne. In 1989 I opened Shamrock Travel with a business partner and in 2003 joined Mary & my daughter Christina at Emerald Travel. Working with the Irish community in Australia has been positive – getting to know so many and being able to give back through sponsorship. My philosophy has always been to help – especially when it comes to receiving the news that one must travel home in that emergency – we have all been there and understand the pain and anxiety at these dreaded times.

Travelled to

Ireland, UK, France, Italy, New York, Hawaii, South Africa, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Brazil, Argentina, Hong Kong, Fiji, New Zealand & Australia

Dream Holiday

Ireland – July, August, and September – love this time of the year. I get to play golf and more golf plus attend the All Ireland hurling (Up Tipp) and football – what more does one want or need !!


Golf, hurling, football, rugby, AFL, golf, catching up with friends, meeting new people, golf and family.

Community Involvement

Gaelic Park Committee, Celtic Club – committee and past president, Irish Chamber of Commerce, Clayton (former past president) & East Malvern Rotary, GIN – representative for Australia – Global Irish Network

Travel Tip

Don’t leave home without it – travel insurance.

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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