Meet The Team- at the leading DMC in Ireland

Derek Wallace

Managing Director

Our company was founded by my father in 1972 in Westmoreland Street and we moved here to our present location in 1982 from where we started to build a substantial business travel and holiday business company.

In 1989 my wife Colette and I bought the business and began the long process of achieving the goal of a small specialist travel company dedicated to providing excellence in holiday and travel management services.   There followed many years of exciting growth especially in corporate travel with a professional focus on travel management,  creative incentive travel and meetings & conference management.

Our goal is to become the best, most creative and committed DMC in Ireland to the MICE and specialist tour operator sector.    There followed many years of continued growth and development as we honed our skills and found successful solutions in Ireland for discerning clients and challenges from around the world.

Our dedicated specialist young team bring energy, dynamic creativity and great personal commitment to the design and delivery of exceptional Ireland Experiences.

Our success is based on understanding your challenges,  listening carefully to your needs, and then drawing on our wealth of  experiences to bring you imaginative & cost effective solutions throughout the isle of Ireland.

We are proud to have partnered with some great tour operators, event companies and incentive houses for many years – thank you for your business, I look forward to continued mutual success with you.                    

 

Mike O’Shaughnessy

Director

A business graduate from CIT Ireland Mike has spent his entire career working in the entertainment and hospitality industry in the UK, US and for over 20 years in Wallace Travel Group in Ireland.  His passion for the industry, creativity and strong customer focus has seen Mike deliver World Class large scale meetings & conference solutions and incentive travel both in Ireland and Worldwide.  He is a former board member of the Irish Tour Operators Association and has served on various Irish Tourism Bodies over his career.  When he’s not out on the roads training for his next marathon you’ll find him cheering on his other great passion in life, the famous Kilkenny Hurling Team “ C’mon the Cat “.  Oh and keep him away from the guitar or he’ll have you up all night singing!!!

 

Roisín Carolan

Programme Development Manager

Roisín joined Wallace Travel Group in 2013, with nine years’ experience in the corporate incentive and meetings market. For over three years Roisín worked at The Convention Centre Dublin and is now excited to be back in incentive travel “I love Ireland, and I love bringing the message of Ireland as a super destination for incentive travel, to clients.”

Following over 2 years in sales with Wallace Travel Group, Roisín has moved into a new role within the company- Programme Development Manager, where a major part of Roisín's role will be to develop new products to entice our clients to come to Ireland. Roisín is now, also responsible for site inspections, educational visits and for creating programmes to wow our clients to chose Ireland.

When Roisín’s not on weekends away in Ireland, she enjoys nothing more than partying with friends and family or reading a good book in front of the fire.

 

Lydia Toal

Head of Sales, UK and Northern Europe

Lydia joined the team in 2016 in the role of Head of Sales for the UK and Northern European markets.  Lydia has a background in both sales and marketing in a number of areas of Dublin tourism; having worked in tourist offices and marketing departments for key attractions in Dublin and in Connemara, including CitySightseeing bus tours, Gray Line Day Tours, the Jeanie Johnston Tallship, Killary Fjord Boat Tours and Dublin Discovered Boat Tours.  She brings a passion for travel in Ireland based on first hand visitor experiences of our beautiful country.

When she’s not extolling the virtues of the Emerald Isle in the UK or her European markets, Lydia loves to escape to the countryside for long walks with the dog and enjoys cooking up a storm and testing family and friends’ tolerance for spicy food!

 

Elina Pranevska

Project Leader Incentive & Events

Elina has been working in Travel and Hospitality industry since 2001, as an event management professional. Elina takes pride in representing Ireland as a destination. Originally from Latvia she discovered her passion for travel since her first trip aboard after University. 

Elina joined Wallace Travel Group in 2016 after working in top Dublin hotels in the sales & marketing and event management sector and now supports the team. Her role is to run and lead the project on the ground making sure no detail is overlooked.
 
Elina's spare time is dedicated to her family- she enjoys a walk on one of the stunning Dublin beaches, catching up with friends and exploring new places in Ireland as there is always something new to be discovered on our Emerald Island!  
 

Louise O' Connor

Project Leader Incentive & Events
 
Louise has been working in the Tourism and Hospitality industry since 2006, and graduated from DIT Cathal Brugha Street with a BSC in Hospitality Management. The world of travel & hospitality is a fascinating one and captured Louise since the beginning.

Louise joined Wallace Travel Group in March 2017 after working in top Dublin & Kildare hotels in the sales & event management sector and now supports the team. Her role is to run and lead the project on the ground making sure no detail is overlooked.
 
In her spare time Louise enjoys long walks with her dog, traveling the word and trying new recipes in the kitchen. 

 

 

We work with the very best guides and coach operators in Ireland.