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Tourist Guide

John Britton

A little bit about me. I was born and raised here in Kilkenny, where I live with my wife, our daughter and our dog. I love everything about my home city, particularly reading about our great history. Tourist guiding allows me to combine this passion with my love of languages, and I give separate tours in French, and German.

My family has lived in Kilkenny for many years, in fact my family worked in Smithwick’s brewery for over one hundred years. My great-great-grandfather was an engine driver, my great-grandfather worked as a stoker, my grandfather was the yard foreman, and my father was a racking plant supervisor.

A professional tourist guide

I graduated with a diploma in International Hotel Management and Business Studies from Shannon College of Hotel Management. I worked in the hospitality industry for many years. My work brought me to Switzerland, France and England.

I took up a summer role at Jerpoint Park, which is where I first started to guide. The following season I worked in Kilkenny castle. In 2019, I established Ormonde Language Tours while studying for a degree in language studies. There are very few experiences in Ireland that offer their services to independent travellers in other languages, and I am making this possible.

Education

Diploma in International Hotel Management and Business Studies from Shannon College of Hotel Management

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies from the Open University

Professional Certificate in National Tourist Guiding from Kilkenny ETB

Memberships

Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland

Kilkenny Tourism

Languages

English : Native

French : C1

German : B2

Irish : A2