Meet The Team- at the leading DMC in Ireland

 

Derek Wallace

Founder

Our company was founded by my father in 1970 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

Managing 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 30  years at Wallace Travel Group. 

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 throughout his career.  Mike is a keen runner and sports and music fan.

 

Roisín Carolan

Programme Development Manager

Roisín joined Wallace Travel Group in 2013. Rioisín has over 15 years experience working in tourism in Ireland. Her experience ranges from a worldwide hotel chain, a global DMC and a multi-award convention centre. Roisín brings a world of varied industry experience which is invaluable to her role in Wallace Travel Group, in understanding all of our client and suppliers needs & challenges.

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

When Roisín’s not on weekends away in Ireland, exploring our wonderful island, Roisín loves nothing more than enjoying quality time with her family and is partial to netflix! 

 

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!  

 

Joanne Hegarty

Project Leader Incentive & Events 

Joanne from Dublin, always knew she belonged in the travel industry when she announced at a very young age her ideal job when she grew up was to be a bus conductor! With her sights set higher in 1996 she studied Travel and Tourism where she started on the road to success.

Joanne has over 24 years experience in the travel industry. She is dedicated to our corporate and groups departments along with our digital marketing team. Joanne works diligently, displaying her bubbly personality throughout.  She has a passion for travel  especially if she can fit in some time for shopping along the way.

 

Louise O'Toole

Program Manager            

Louise, our local girl joined Wallace Travel Group in 1999 on work experience from a local college and she hasn’t left since! One of the longest members of staff , Louise is a familiar face to our clients. Louise manages the operations of our tour series business to Ireland.

She loves to travel and tries to get away whenever she can. She enjoys spending her weekends with family and socialising with friends.  She’s no stranger to the odd 80’s night or karaoke bar either!

 

 

Tara Kearney 

Program Manager

Tara has always worked in the Travel Industry. From the beginning working with
 Airlines and then moving on to be a travel booker, she has always known what
 she was meant to do. 
 
Tara loves to travel and has been extremely lucky to travel to beautiful destinations throughout her career. She has been chosen for many educational trips, she has been sent to among others Australia, Spain, USA and even China!
 
Now a mother of 2 her holiday's have changed slightly then her previous trips. 

 

We work with the very best suppliers, guides and coach operators in Ireland and we look forward toy working with you on your next trip to Ireland.