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Karen - Owner

I'm Karen, owner of Vintage Tea Tours. It's my job to make sure the wheels keep rolling, the kettle is always on and there is always time for a cuppa & a catch up. 

Three Facts:

  1. I was on the Late Late Toy Show twice 

  2. I make a mean carrot cake 

  3. I renewed my wedding vows with Elvis in Las Vegas - funniest, most expensive seven minutes of my life 

Guilty Pleasure

Escaping to the West with my husband David, children Matthew & Julia.. and Gin!

Best Moment on Vintage Tea Tours

Having Nationwide join my extended family on a trip in honour of my Granny (Pauline - we named our first bus after her).  We had such a lovely day for the trip and the film crew were trying to get some nice footage of the bus going through the Phoenix Park - but my family just wouldn't behave! Flaying arms out windows and singing...  it was hilarious, but I could have killed them!  You know the saying "you can choose your friends.... but you can’t choose your family!"

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ROBERT - BUS DRIVER

I’m the bus driver of Vintage Tea Tours. I have a keen interest in old, vintage buses. I love keeping the bus in clean condition and make sure she’s always looking her best. I keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Always happy when things go perfectly to plan. I love when I get to customise routes. We had a group from EY on and they wanted greenery rather than the concrete of Dublin so I planned the route we did for them and they loved it.

Three Facts:

  1. I have an interest in numismatics. This is collecting old coins and coin stamps.

  2. I love collecting old bus memorabilia such as timetables, schedules, number plates and everything and anything like that.

  3. I was in Dublin Bus for 35 years as a conductor, driver and supervisor. I retired in 2013.

Guilty Pleasure:

I’m a bit of a lotto buff and always buy a few lines of the lotto but have yet to win anything.


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JACK - CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGER

My name is Jack and I deal with customer satisfaction and general bus duties. Im the longest serving member of staff at VTT.

Three Facts:

1. I was born in the US, grew up in Kerry and have travelled back to the US over 10 times.

2. I hate Coca Cola - can’t stand it

3. I love chatting and could talk to the wall.

Guilty Pleasure:

Supermacs chips, cheese and curry.

Favourite Moment on Bus:

This lady was on the bus on her own and I sat beside her and kept her company throughout the tour. She was so lovely and left me the nicest review and even invited me to dinner at her house next time I’m in the US.


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SHANE - HOST

My name is Shane and I’m one of the hosts on the bus. I look after the customers, get them their teas or coffees and I set the bus up so we are all ready for them when they arrive. I also say a few little things about Dublin city as we ride along.

Three Facts:

  1. I love charades.

  2. I definitely like my karaoke

  3. I'm a pretty fast runner which comes in handy when your chasing down a bus to get you into work on time!

Guilty Pleasure:

Pigging out on junk food, watching films and doing nothing all day only on my days off though.

Favourite Moment on Bus:

When I did the tour in a french accent (the language of love) to a couple on their honeymoon, we had lots of crack that day. It was very funny.


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Ciara - Sales & Marketing Executive

My name is Ciara and I’m the Sales & Marketing Executive at Vintage Tea Tours. I manage the social media accounts, create the content we share and work on events and advertising opportunities for the company.

Three Facts:

  1. I’ve travelled to 30 different countries in the last 7 years.

  2. I aim to drink 6-8 litres of water a day.

  3. The only food I don’t like is sushi, I literally eat everything else!

Guilty Pleasure:

False tan. I love it and wear it every single day!

Favourite Moment on Bus:

Hearing and listening to people’s stories. We had the ladies on from Kenilworth Bowling Club and I loved hearing them relive and tell their own memories and funny stories of Dublin while we travelled through the streets.

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Emma - Host

I’m a host on the bus. I make the tea and coffees and give the tours. I’m really personable and love chatting to people on the bus.

Three Facts:

1. I love to dye my hair crazy colours. So far I’ve dyed it green, purple and orange. I think blue will be next.

2. I love to volunteer mainly with Childline and through societies in DIT. It has brought me to events like Electric Picnic and Slane.

3. I have a gold medal for gymnastics in the local community games. Disclaimer, I was the only one that actually showed up!

Guilty Pleasure:

Glitter. My primary school banned glitter after I went over the top.

Favourite Moment on Bus:

One time a couple from Dublin were on. It was a surprise for her. I chit-chatted to them as they knew all about the sights already. They were really lovely.

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Mark - Transport Manager

My name is Mark and I’m the Transport Manager. My job is to manage the transport operations of Vintage Tea Tours & ensure that the buses are fit for service. I worked in Bus Eireann for almost 10 years & I’ve driven buses of all shapes & sizes through every county in Ireland.

Three Facts:

  1. I love preserving old vehicles. I own two vintage ex-CIE buses & a vintage ex-Dublin Fire Brigade fire engine.

  2. I’m a registered EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). I’ve been a volunteer in EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for over 20 years.

  3. Even though I drive an Afternoon Tea bus I can’t stand hot drinks.

Guilty Pleasure:

I own three guitars but can barely play one. I like to think I’m Jimmy Page but in reality I wouldn’t even make it past round one of Ireland’s Got Talent even on a very good day.


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Aislinn - Operations Executive

I'm the operations executive at VTT and take care of all things operational, I've been working with Vintage Tea Tours over the last year and it never feels like work.

Three Facts:

1. I'm in my final year at DIT studying Tourism Management

2. I have a slight obsession with dogs

3. I love tourism and exploring new places in Dublin 

Guilty Pleasure:

Coffee and cake is my guilty pleasure so myself and Vintage Tea Tours go hand in hand.

Favourite Moment on Bus:

I love when guests come onboard to share special occasions with us, getting to watch everyone enjoying themselves with their nearest and dearest and knowing we played a part in their happiness brings me great joy.