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Walks & Talks

Sadly, due to the untimely passing of  Mary Mulvihill, the founder of Ingenious Ireland, we can no longer offer walks and talks.

You can read about the life and achievements of Mary in Wikipedia and in the Irish Times.


A wonderful, novel way to showcase Dublin, and I would highly recommend this tour.
Barbara Gallagher, RCSI

Tailor-made talks, tours and trails!

Ingenious Ireland guided tour of Dublin

Conference tours a speciality. Photo: Ros Kavanagh/Courtesy TBCT

Looking for a unique and unusual tour for your conference or private group?  Our tours will transform how your guests think of Ireland!  We can also provide illustrated talks  packed with ingenious stories, and tailor a tour for your group or location.  Our guides can cater for up to 72 guests, and our premium inventions tour can include goody bags and even a whisky tasting (by arrangement).

We have provided bespoke tours for Dun & Bradstreet’s global technology leaders, the European Hypertension Summer School, the 2013 ISIRV Virus Symposium, the Irish Science Teachers Assocation, visiting European researchers, the Women in Science & Technology network and many others.

…the very interesting tour you curated for our guests was really informative… wonderful to learn about many of the amazing Irish scientists, creators and innovators.
Patrick Condren, Technology Leader, Dun & Bradstreet

Family trails


At our “ingenious” St Patrick’s treasure hunt 2012

We also devise bespoke trails for schools and families, that incorporate some of Dublin’s ingenious heritage, for an enjoyable and educational outing.  Clients have included the Treasure Hunt  for St Patrick’s Festival 2012, and Engineers Week 2013

Our talks  to museums, libraries and local organisations have included the many inventions of the ingenious Irish, and even the tall tale of the priest, the turkey and the giant battery.

Contact us, to discuss a talk or guided walk for your group or event.

Our illustrated talks include:

Here’s the fascinating story of the night in 1681 when Dublin doctor Allen Mullen dissected an elephant. It’s Mary’s talk for Ignite Dublin 8 on YouTube

The Ingenious Irish: great Irish innovators whose ideas have substituted the modern world.  For the Institute of Engineering & Technology, May 2013.  View the slideshare here.

The Ingenious Irish: great Irish scientists and engineers whose ideas changed the world, at EC’s JRC Institute in Belgium for the Irish EU presidency 2013.

Blood and Guts — Dublin’s medical history, Heritage Week & Dublin City of Science 2012

One of the ingenious Irish: John Philip Holland invented the modern submarine.

One of the ingenious Irish: John Philip Holland invented the modern submarine.

That’s Ingenious! Some Irish inventions that changed the worldHeritage Week & Dublin City of Science 2012

Streets, Stones & Stories: the very fabric of Dublin city, Heritage Week & Dublin City of Science 2012

Ingenious Irishwomen — their lives and legacies, International Women’s Day, Dublin Libraries, 2012

Telescopes and taffeta — four Irishwomen astronomers from the 1800s. Blackrock Castle Observatory, 2011

Lab Coats and Lace: some ingenious Irish women scientists. RDS April 2010

Drive like a Woman, Shop like a Man: science-based tips for saving time and money. Science Week, Dublin libraries

The Many Inventions of the Ingenious Irish: Science Week, Museum of Country Life, National Museum of Ireland

The priest, the turkey and the giant battery: the ingenious Rev Nicholas Callan. Dublin Probus

Ingenious Dublin in Georgian Times: Heritage Week, No 29, Dublin’s Georgian museum