Tours & Research Services

I conduct historical tours across Ireland. I also provide research services at Irish archives to help you uncover your families history.

Genealogical, Archival, & Research Services

Are you seeking to learn more about your family history, a certain locality or parish in Ireland, or maybe a particular period or event form the past? You can hire a professional historian to conduct research in your family tree, archives and other research services. Please inquire regarding rates and research services.

Historical Tours of Ireland

Hidden History of Cork

Born and raised in County Cork, Alan offers a tour for one to four guests that takes you from earliest Cork history to its recent fight for freedom. This tour of the “Rebel County” of Cork city and county travels through the early history of Cork city as a Viking settlement, through the medieval period of monasteries and castles, the trauma of the Great Irish Famine “an Gorta Mór,” the battlegrounds of the Irish War of Independence, and the landscapes of the acrimonious Irish Civil War.

During this driving tour through the gorgeous green hills of the Cork countryside you will hear the songs and stories the many different lives that form the tapestry of Cork history. We visit hidden gems that others never see and walk through the footsteps of monks, lords, soldiers, poets, and the poor to understanding the history of Cork and its people.


    Tour locations include Elizabeth Fort in Cork City, the ruins of Kilcrea Abbey, Macroom Castle, the site of the Battle of Kilmichael, a Famine Gravesite, and the ambush site at Beal na mBlath where Michael Collins was killed. Full-day tour (approx. 6 hours) of Cork historical sites. Picnic lunch, with tea/coffee and traditional homemade Irish brown bread in a scenic countryside location.

Please enquire if you wish to make inquiries or changes to the tour. For example the tour can focus on a particular area, the Cork countryside or time period, e.g. Early Christian & Monastic Ireland, the chieftains and battles of Medieval Ireland, or Ireland’s struggle for Independence.

Personalized Heritage & Geneology Tour of Ireland

As a PhD historian focused on the Irish diaspora, Alan is uniquely qualified to provide you and your family with the most thorough and professional genealogical research. After uncovering your family's past, he will translate it into a meaningful and personal tour of Ireland, focused on your ancestors' stories and situated in the larger context of Irish history.


    Archival research at repositories in Ireland and a write-up of findings Design of a custom tour, working around your travel plans and preferences Full-day (approx. 8 hours) personalized genealogy and history tour Gourmet picnic lunch in a scenic location

Alan can expand this into a multi-day tour of Ireland covering other areas and aspects of Irish history. A cost-estimate for multi-day tours can be provided on request, and will be based on your preferred tour length and locations.

Contact Me

If you'd like to contact me, please message ajmnoonan [at]

Alan J. M. Noonan