I was born in Derry and run a successful and award-winning tourist-hostel in the city centre called Derry International Hostel (aka Paddys Palace).
I am lucky enough to have 2 luxury river-front in the city-centre which I rent out to couples, familes and vacationing professionals on short-term stays. Sometimes (website hidden) guests who are Students, Professors or Professionals come and stay for longer at my properties, one even booked for 3 months!
These apartments are high-end and really have the 'wow-factor'. You pay more and you get more!
I work as a professional tour-guide with US travel TV star, Rick Steves.
Here is a clip of he and I on his travel programme on PBS.
This year I had the honour of being one of 4 judges in a very high-profile competition organised by our national newspaper, the Irish Times - my job was to use my expertise to decide "The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland!"
To stay true to my backpacking roots, I decided to open up my 6 bedroom Townhouse in the exclusive 'Lawrence Hill' area (city-centre, 1 minute from the University) to budget-conscious visitors, who basically want a cheap room and a wee bit of basic breakfast. These rooms are £20-£50 depending on whether it is 2 or 6 people in the room, some of the rooms are HUGE, and ensuite. The Lawrence Hill property is lovely in my honest opinion, but several of the guests there have proved a little harder to please. Most think it is a great place and excellent value for money, i just need you to know that it is a room and some breakfast for a cheap price, it is not Buckingham Palace, nor does it have the wow-factor of my riverfront apartments, But for the price, most guests think its great, check out the pics on my airbnb.com listing.
I will be happy welcome you to any of my lovely properties and to help introduce to you my beloved home region of Derry/Donegal.
Needless to say, free Travel tips/advice is my speciality
Le meas (with respect in Irish Gaelic)