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My staycation with a chauffeur: Could Covid-19 see driver-guided tours take off in Ireland?

Could Covid-19 see us take home holidays with chauffeurs? Having lost its overseas business, one company is betting on it, writes Pól Ó Conghaile

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Pól Ó Conghaile pictured with Martin Wilde of Ireland Chauffeur Travel at Ardmore in Co. Waterford. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

Pól Ó Conghaile pictured with Martin Wilde of Ireland Chauffeur Travel at Ardmore in Co. Waterford. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

Dylan Vaughan

Pól has his temperature checked outside the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore.

Pól has his temperature checked outside the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore.

A Mercedes Sprinter - one of Ireland Chauffeur Travel's luxury vehicles

A Mercedes Sprinter - one of Ireland Chauffeur Travel's luxury vehicles

Ireland Chauffeur Travel: One of the new screens between driver-guide and passengers.

Ireland Chauffeur Travel: One of the new screens between driver-guide and passengers.

Sea foraging

Sea foraging

Sea-kayaking with Ardmore Adventures. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Sea-kayaking with Ardmore Adventures. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Dylan Vaughan

Dario and Adriano Cavaliere  of Azzurro in Dunmore East. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Dario and Adriano Cavaliere of Azzurro in Dunmore East. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Marie Power, the 'Sea Gardener', foraging on the Copper Coast

Marie Power, the 'Sea Gardener', foraging on the Copper Coast

Rod and Julie Potts of Highbank Orchards in Co Kilkenny. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Rod and Julie Potts of Highbank Orchards in Co Kilkenny. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile pictured kayaking at Ardmore. Picture: Dylan Vaughan.

Pól Ó Conghaile pictured kayaking at Ardmore. Picture: Dylan Vaughan.

Dylan Vaughan

Packages are on offer from Waterford's Camino Tours

Packages are on offer from Waterford's Camino Tours

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Pól Ó Conghaile pictured with Martin Wilde of Ireland Chauffeur Travel at Ardmore in Co. Waterford. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

"Will I call your chauffeur to come get you?”

I’m standing in Castlecomer Discovery Park (discoverypark.ie), about to fire an arrow at a woodland target, when the question comes. Who are they talking to? Wealthy Americans? Surely not.

Then I remember. It’s us.