The guide giving tours to tour guides

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LIKE everyone else in the tourism industry, tour guides are finding themselves out of work with the huge drop off in visitor numbers during Covid-19.

But one enterprising member of the Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland (ATGI) has organised to give guided tours to other guides.

“As a guide based in West Limerick I have offered to do a series of guided walks for ATGI-guides in Adare, Newcastle West and Rathkeale,” said Jorgan Hartogs.

“I will do a tour in West Limerick each Wednesday for six weeks. I’m also hoping to do the same for ITGA guides, many of whom are chauffeurs/SPSV driver/guides as well and the Western Chauffeur Drive Association ireland.”

Jordan says that each tour will take roughly 1.5 hours and “I’m hoping to have lunch afterwards or bring members to other sites in West Limerick, if they have the time and the interest.

“Each tour will be limited to 10 people only to stay compliant with social distancing guidelines and HSE regulations.”

Jordan is a guide based in Ballingarry and provides guided walking tours around the county and West Limerick in particular.

He is also a member of West Limerick Heritage and the current secretary for West Limerick Tourism (www.visitwestlimerick.com).

Jordan is planning guided tours of Adare, Newcastle West and Rathkeale, each area featuring two tours.

In February of this year the ATGI organised a large group of guides to come to Limerick city and enjoy a guided tour of the many historic places, including King John’s Castle, the Hunt Museum and the Angela’s Ashes walk.