The 1916 Rising, War of Independence and Civil War Tour


In close proximity to Leinster House (Irish Parliament) we invite you to hear the story of Ireland’s fight for Independence culminating in the Civil War, and the lead up to that momentous and divisive period and its aftermath. Ireland’s fight for independence goes back much further of course and we will attempt to bring you on that journey. The main parliamentary players as in political parties that inhabit Irish politics today evolved from this period. While the 20th century will predominate our story and will be our focus we will also entertain you with some anecdotal tales of interesting characters and their influence on Irish culture along with a taste of the classical architecture that Dublin is famous for.

And of course we can’t forget a line or three from one of our famous poets. Our journey will also take us back to visit briefly the haunts of Joyce and the Dublin that he would make world famous. Napoleon we mustn’t forget as we make our way past the former residence of an old adversary of his and of course gothic ghosts will also get a mention. When you throw in a visit to one of the city’s famous watering holes then we hope to provide you with a few hours of pleasure.

The Experience

Meet and finishing point at main entrance to St. Stephen’s Green.

Tour starting time

Finishing time approx.

We will introduce you to:

  • Stephen’s Green Park and Traitors Gate with lot’s more.
  • The Royal College of Surgeons
  • The Unitarian Church
  • Wolfe Tone statue/ Famine Memorial
  • The Shelbourne Hotel and the Constitution
  • Government Buildings and the Treaty
  • Dawson Street Mansion House
  • The Count.
  • Sweny’s and a tribute to Joyce.
  • Dubliners, O’Donoghues and a Pint.
  • McDaid’s and Phil
  • Windows of Wonder.
  • Molly Malone


"Thank you so much Antoin, we enjoyed our time with you very much. Your knowledge was shared in such an engaging way. Fascinating historical stories! Truly was what we needed after a difficult trip. Thank you!"
- Maureen

"I had the opportunity to do the Churches and Cathedrals tour. The journey had something special because the guide was passionate about Irish culture and language. It was fascinating to hear stories and facts about Dublin and see the beautiful churches that make the city a rich culture. I highly recommend this Tailteann Tours for the excellent customer service."
- Acauan Malta

"We enjoyed spending part of our day with Antoin. Due to some scheduling issues, he was gracious enough to rearrange his schedule for our tour, which we really appreciated. He is very knowledgeable about the city, was punctual and very accommodating. He even offered to extend our tour to cover extra areas."
- Private Client

"Our tour with Antoin was excellent! In addition to the information about the various buildings, parks, statues, etc. in Dublin, Antoin gave us an in-depth history lesson of Ireland - the Vikings, the famine, the 1916 rebellion, the many poets and writers, etc. I highly recommend taking a tour of Dublin with Antoin!"
- Private Client

"Outstanding guide and tour. Thank you Antoin for making this tour exceptional for us and for our grandchildren"
- Private Client

"We're sorry to be leaving the lovely Emerald Isle after our amazing week. Before we boarded we enjoyed a guided tour from Antoin at Tailteann Irish Tours around Dublin, we even found the pub where it all began for the Dubliners"
- Mannion Travel

"A fantastic city tour if you are looking for a personal and genuine experience with interesting facts and funny anecdotes about almost everything along the way! Not one of our many questions about Dublin history remains unaswered after this day with Antóin. Highly recommended!"
- Ellen Edvall

Meeting Point

Please note: Booking is essential; To avoid disappointment, please contact us in the first instance to secure your place on one of our tours or use the online booking facility.

Meet and finishing point at main entrance to St. Stephen’s Green. Prepare for a 3-hour walk approx., with a stop for a break in between. Bring good walking shoes, raingear of whatever variety and a sense of humour. As an appropriate footnote: ' Bíonn siúlach scéalach '- 'Travellers have tales to tell'. Source anonymous.

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