Alan, is the baby of the group but don't let that angelic face fool you he's as deadly as they come. He is a very keen cyclist and was once an up and comer in the world of MMA where he fought under the name professor snuggles. Alan also has an interest in women's shoes and enjoys nothing more than talking for hours on the pros and cons of the stiletto heel. His safety word is "bonanza".
Alan spent 10 years selling propane and propane accessories before studying history and becoming a tour guide. He also spends his spare time playing music, and briefly enjoyed a reputation as Ireland's best known Elvis* impersonator. He could have been like Lou Barlow, but he's more like Ken Barlow. He is sometimes known as 'Fun-Al', which comes from the high amount of funerals he attends.
Dan’s family come from two very old parts of Dublin, ‘the Liberties’ and ‘the Tenters’. Spending his childhood weekends in the markets of the Liberties – which live in the shadow and aroma of the Guinness Brewery – shaped a love of all things absolute in their Dublin-ness. The chants of the stall keepers, the stories of characters who had long since passed, Bang Bang and hard as nails Lux Brannigan, how everybody in the entire liberties seems to know what Brenda Fricker gave up for Lent and, of course, a spiced pork known only in working class areas of Dublin!
Dublin born, bred and buttered on both sides, a student of both literature and theatre, this handsome young man can often be found languidly reading poetry by the Grand Canal, in soft soliloquy on one of Dublin’s many stages or gaily gulping galoptious Guinness by the gallon in any number of Dublin grog houses. Time spent with Ian is as authentic an Irish experience as missing the last bus home from town and walking home drunk in the rain. A cultural powerhouse of an individual combining carefully crafted attire with devilish charm and good looks, Ian has established himself as an Irish institution as dear to us as battered sausages, sexual repression and conversations about the weather.
Dr. Ian Bermingham is a mathematician who specializes in a branch of mathematics known as "Chaos Theory". He has a keen interest in leather, female palaeontologists, back seat driving, and being the ironic narrator in seminal 90's blockbusters. He also has a passion for travel, journeying to exotic locations as far afield as Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.
"Life finds a way" – Dr. Ian Bermingham
James is also known as "Horse" but he will never tell you why! A true Dublin native, James is a big fan of music, festivals and any kind of party. He has travelled extensively and done a multitude of impressive things including managing an Irish Bar in Singapore, receiving the freedom of Gouvy, a small municipality in Belgium, from Mayor André Hubert having made a citizen's arrest on a Jewelry-store thief and he once dislocated his jaw trying to lick his own elbow. James loves red lemonade, which you can only get in Ireland as it has been banned elsewhere and makes children super hyper and he also loves his relatively new puppy!
Keith is by far Next City Tours' coolest tour guide. He’s an actor, an entrepreneur, a champion mountain climber and the captain of his diving team in his home town of Muff, Co Donegal. In Keith’s early days before he realised he wanted to be an actor, he tried to find fame by joining an Irish boyband called OTT – Over The Top. Although OTT had a few cracking hits, they never broke the vital US market. If he brings you out for a walking tour or a pubcrawl, ask him can you have some OTT memorabilia. He has a whole garage worth of it.
This Argentinian was born in Buenos Aires, but has adopted Dublin as her city, although we’re still not sure if Dublin has adopted her… She’s unreasonably terrified of seagulls and swans, and it makes walking around the city quite difficult and distracting for her seeing as these winged demons have no boundaries. While every other Irish girl thinks about make-up, she prefers to spend her days and money eating Dulce de Leche. She also loves asados (as every Argentinian person should), so if you talk to her about food, you’re in!
Ollie hails from the Badlands of Tallaght, a suburb in the west of Dublin. With a huge interest in Irish history, folklore and mythology, his tours have been described as “enlightening” and “wildly educational”. When not delivering enlightenment to the good travellers of the world, he enjoys playing music, cooking, and cycling!
Standing at a 5ft 11 and a 1/2 inches (that’s 179cm for our continental friends), Coach told Peter that he’d never make it in the NBA, so he turned his attention to Film School. He didn’t make it there either. Thankfully, he’s a legendary tour guide, as well as a law student by day, and a smartass by night.
Rex Ryan is a Writer, Actor, and has a podcast called Lets Have Rex on iTunes. He has, since the dawn of his existence, found himself absolutely enthralled by the Mythic-mayhemic-madness of Dublin. He will share this love with you on the tour. And, if all else fails, he'll just do a monologue or something.
Ruairí is a Dublin native, born and raised from the sunny Southside. He has a great interest in Ireland’s extensive and wondrous history, as well as its beautiful language, which he believes is reflected in his tours. Whether this is true or not is anyone’s guess. As well as traipsing the city, his other interests lie in playing music, and learning languages – albeit somewhat badly.
Sarah was born in Cork but apart from having an affectation for Munster rugby and handsome Tipperary men, she is Dublin through and through. With a theatrical education behind her, she’s passionate about all things stage-related, and her favourite thing about Dublin City are the nicknames for all the public art. She loves talking about the nuns, too, but be careful about getting her started…