Where it all began...
Killarney Jaunting Cars Ltd. is a family run business which has been in operation for over 220 years. Today the business is managed by Michael Tangney Senior and his children Paul, Laura & Michael.
Michael Senior has a strong background in the industry having worked with horses all his life, and his first Jaunting Car Tour famously took place in 1959 when he took Gloria De Haven (American Actress) on a tour of the Killarney National Park.
Throughout his jarvey life he has enjoyed the opportunity to meet many people from all walks of life and build long-lasting friendships, something which is at the core of the Jaunting Car experience. In 2011, he was delighted to welcome back one of his dearest friends’ Maureen O’Hara to Killarney, and she shared some fond memories of her time on a Jaunting Car with John Wayne in the film “The Quiet Man”.
Michael’s children, Paul, Laura & Michael Junior were with their Dad on a Jaunting Car from a very young age, helping him greet people from all over the world and welcome them to Killarney. As the years went on and his children grew up, he showed them the reins and they joined the family business, each one armed with the ambition to continue and grow the legacy of what had been achieved by generations before.Today Michael Senior and his two sons Paul and Michael, along with a team of drivers, continue to welcome people from all over the world onto their Jaunting Cars. His daughter Laura works on the corporate side of the business partnering with the many Tour Operators Worldwide.
And that’s not the only change… since Micheal Senior took his first Jaunt in 1959, the business has grown considerably, now catering for both the individual traveller as well as large groups with a portfolio of Tours to choose from.
Please contact us to see the variety of tour options we now offer!
The Tangney Family
Laura is 5th generation of the Tangney Family Dynasty. Growing up in Killarney Town, a hotspot for tourism and witnessing her parents run their own local enterprises including the Watercoach, Jaunting Car Tours and a large Guesthouse, shaped much of Laura’s early life. With tourism in her blood, it was no surprise to anyone when it became her chosen vocation later on in her college tenure.
Having graduated with flying colours, Laura embarked on a career as a Sales & Marketing Manager within the hospitality sector before returning to take the reins of the family business alongside her two brothers Michael & Paul. Nowadays, her focus remains on the marketing side of the business where she looks after the booking and commercialism of the tours.
In her spare time, Laura loves to take advantage of all the beauty that Killarney has to offer by walking or spending time with her family in the Killarney National Park.
Being 5th generation in a long line of great tourism and business minds has always given Michael a natural affinity for the trade. Like Laura, growing up watching and witnessing first-hand the entrepreneurial spirit of both his parents, gave young Michael a solid grounding for the tourism industry as well as an opportunity to learn the tools of his trade.
Michael has always approached his work with a hands-on attitude and still to this day loves to get involved in all aspects of the day to day running of the business, from organising bespoke tours in the office to getting his hands dirty with the upkeep and training of the horses, however, he especially loves the opportunity the business affords him to meet different people from all over the world.
The eldest of the Tangney Family and the first face of the 5th generation, Paul began working with his father Michael Senior on the Jaunting Cars from a very young age. Through the years, Paul has seen the business flourish from a singular carriage operation to one of Ireland’s best loved Guided Tour Experiences.
Today Paul is still part of the hands-on team, driving his own Jaunting Car, where he has built up many strong business relationships and made lifelong friends within the industry. Paul loves being at the forefront of the business and the opportunity it gives him to welcome guests back to Killarney, some of which he would have taken out as a youngster.
As well as his driving duties, Paul is passionate about horses and enjoys taking responsibility for the welfare of the animals as well as looking after the sourcing and breeding of the stock for the business.
In his spare time, Paul is still involved with horses, from hacking out with his children on the farm, to attending show jumping events with his youngest son. Paul also likes to travel in his downtime.
Danny grew up experiencing all the unique beauty that Killarney has to offer within the surroundings of his family home, close by the spectacular Torc Waterfall, nestled deep in the Killarney National Park.
Growing up in such close proximity to the Lakes of Killarney and at a time when many of the Killarney Hotels offered boat trips to their guests, boats and water became second nature to Danny and would turn out to shape both his future interests as well as his career.
Today Danny works as a Carpenter specialising in boat building and repairs as well as a Tour Guide on the Lily of Killarney Watercoach. His personal hobbies and interests are also closely linked with his beloved lakes and he has enjoyed a competitive rowing career which has seen him travel all over Europe.
His passion for the great outdoors and locality of Killarney can also be seen in his art which he sells locally. Danny is a favourite among tour visitors for his in-depth knowledge of the area and his unique ability to impart his passion and love of the lakes onto his guests.