John Galligan Travel

Celebrating 30 Years

In 2019, we celebrate our 30 years in business in Ireland. Over those years, we have served many, many satisfied clients and started lots of young Irish people on their careers in the travel business, a number of whom are still with us today. We are hugely proud to be a 100% Irish owned, independent business and are dogged in the provision of the high-end quality of our service. In short, we are nice people to do business with.

Throughout those 30 years, we have always strived to be the best in the business. We may not have always made it but, boy, did we try. We have enjoyed meeting and looking after many lovely people (and a few not so nice) but overall it has been a blast. The time flew and it is hard to believe we are ageing so well. The travel business has changed utterly over that period and we have evolved with it, always staying at the front of the curve in technology, consumer trends, product innovation but always retaining the core service ethos.

We have learned a lot, matured a bit but mostly, we have honed our skills and consider ourselves an oasis of client care and consideration, in an industry blighted by low-cost and low-client-esteem operators. We may be a “dinoasour” in an online world (we actually talk to our clients and help them when they need help – how mad is that?) but our clients don’t seem to agree and as long as courtesy, respect, value and efficiency are appreciated, we’ll be around.

We started in a very small office in Earlsfort Terrace in 1989, then moved a few times before settling down in Sandyford. The recession has seen the number of travel agents in Ireland decimated but we are proud to have prospered, despite the best efforts of bankers, builders, politicians and other “chancers”. We continue to provide levels of consumer protection (though licensing and bonding), that is not offered by our online and airline competitors. We comply with all the laws and regulations of the land and our bonding ensures that once you hand over your money to us, it is protected and safe. The exact opposite, in fact, of what happens online.  

If you are one of the many people who have worked with us or have been a client, in the past 30 years, we would like to say “Thanks”. We hope to hear from you again sometime soon.



If your package originates in another EU country, we have arranged yet another insurance policy to guarantee your money. This is called TOPP.

Total Payment Protection (topp) Policy cover: In compliance with the Tour Operators and Travel Agents (Bonding) Regulations 1983, an insurance policy has been arranged with Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (t&g), to protect customers’ prepayments in the unlikely event of our financial failure, and paid in respect of flight inclusive packages sold to customers, and whose flights depart from, outside of the Republic of Ireland but within the EEA. For flight packages departing from the Republic of Ireland, this protection is provided through the Commission of Aviation Regulation (CAR), for a refund of such prepayments if customers have not yet travelled, or making arrangements to enable the holiday to continue if customers have already travelled repatriation of customers as may be applicable, subject to the terms of the insurance policy. In the unlikely event of financial failure please contact the claims helpline on +44(0)1702 811397. A copy of the policy is available on request. This policy is provided by Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (t&g), registered number 02527363 and underwritten by Hiscox SA, (reference number RCS Luxembourg B217018). Hiscox SA is subject to the supervision of the Commissariat aux Assurances with its branch in Ireland being registered with the Companies Registration Office (company number 908764) and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (reference C184313). t&g are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (number 113849).  


To book a holiday call John Galligan Travel on (01) 207 6555 or e-mail