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March 26th, 2014

Hello Jim,

Just a quick note to thank you for your generosity while we were in Kinsale a few weeks back! We enjoyed meeting you and appreciate your kindness in showing us around your wonderful town. We know we saw things we would not have otherwise, and that includes Patrick! At your recommendation, we dined at Man Friday that night as you know, and have that in the book as the best dinner we had the entire time we were in Ireland. The Spaniard was up there as one of the best pubs, and of course the Trident was great as well…..but most of all, we enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again sometime in Kinsale. Many thanks!.

Donna DeRoche
John McGovern (Julie McGovern’s cousin)
Karen & Doug

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Oct 9th, 2013

We had the best trip ever!!!! it couldn't have been better. We had a few questions about "the equipment" in the flat. We Americans had trouble trying to figure out how to turn on the hot water for the shower, use the fancy coffee pot, and even turn on the dish washer and the mircowave.lol. so our guide helped us and so did Nikki. We left "suggestions" so they could perhaps share with other guest who don't use the same wonderful systems. Other than those kinks, the trip was Fabulous!!!! Many thanks to your organization for making it possible. It was indeed a WOW experience. Blessings to you Dawn and to all those that provide this experience. With much appreciation,

Mary Pat

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Aug 26th, 2013

Hi Arlene,

We just made it home and heading for bed before I am right back at work but...

Once More, thank you very much for a lovely vacation. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Please see below for my review and please use this as my permission to use it online or in other marketing materials you will use.

Roma del Mar in Costa Rica was a fabulous place to stay. The villas are gorgeous and well kept. The villa we stayed in had the most beautiful view, as well. I highly recommend you experience Costa Rica in general and even better if you stay at Roma del Mar.

Beyond the villa itself, the people that you work with to get settled are the most friendly people you will ever meet. They make sure you are comfortable and ensure you are not missing anything to make your stay complete. During our stay we decided to do a few excursions off site. Each was booked on our behalf, all directions supplied and it was the smoothest process we could have asked for. Arlene was perfect in her suggestions on what to see and for all the arrangements that she made on our behalf.

Don’t hesitate to enjoy a personal chef for a night or two. The food was out of this world and our evening was so enjoyable. If a little relaxation if also needed, massages at your villa can be arranged. Again, great value and well worth the few extra dollars for this.

I took my family of 4 plus my parents on this vacation. It worked well for the young and old alike J. I highly recommend a villa at Roma del Mar. Pura Vida!

Kay Stanish.

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Aug 26th, 2013

Brendan and Jim (via Wendy):

The press of business upon return has passed so it is time to thank each of you for making the WOW! experience in Kinsale pretty much a wow from our perspective. We enjoyed ourselves very much. Jim was a gracious and concerned host who was able to answer even our most obtuse questions regarding Kinsale and Ireland.

The car in lieu of golf also worked well. We came up a little short but not an issue at all. By car is a great way to see and touch Ireland.

Thank you very much for the experience.
Best regards,
Van and Jayne

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Aug, 2013

Brendan

We had a fantastic trip to Ireland! We are now thinking about our return trip since we could not visit many destination! Kinsale was lovely and Jim Good was a treat – he did a nice job orienting us to Kinsale. The golf at Old Head was unbelievable!!! I wish we could have stayed longer but as you know – work and kids called us home…..

Thank you so much for working with us. We will look for more Wowfactor at our charity events! Cheers, The Shelby

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July 22, 2013

Brendan

I just wanted to let you know we had a great time in Kinsale. Jim Good was a blessing!! If it were not for him, our trip would have been average but his sincere effort to make sure we hit all the right spots spots was a blessing. Also, Eugene's driving service was awesome. He was very professional and made our trips around Kinsale very enjoyable! His driving service was definitely the right decision! Thanks again.

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June 12, 2013

Dear Brendan,

The Petersen’s (and party) had a wonderful time in Kinsale and southwestern Ireland. On top of that (according to several people we talked to) it was the best weather that Ireland experienced in a very long time. I think what made the trip very special for all of us was… Jim Good. I am sure that this comes as no surprise, but we all felt that he personally took care of us from the very beginning to the last few moments of our visit to Kinsale. He is such a wonderful person and wish we could have “bottled him up” to take home with us. Jim would fit right in with our Texan hospitality.

All six of us want to thank you, Jim and The People of Ireland for a wonderful visit. You have made all of us lifelong fans of your beautiful country and can’t wait for a return trip.

All the best,

Mark and Margaret Petersen

Mark Petersen
President

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May 27th, 2013

The villa was beautiful and just as advertised as far as facilities. The hosts were wonderful as well. So helpful. The only recommendation I have is to inform people that if they fly from the US and catch the ferry they will get to Roma Del Mar after dark and the place to check in will be closed, so it's a very good idea to have a usable cell phone to call the hosts when you arrive. We were lucky that we rented a local cell phone from our car rental agency. Our AT&T phones did not work well down there and we probably would have been in a lot of trouble without it. Also, it should be noted that Roma Del Mar is Not in a tourist heavy area which we liked but could also cause problems for some people. It was an adventure. We took a 4 year old 2 year fold 1 year old and 4 month old and had a great time. Thinks about repeating the trip sometime in the future Also, the massage and the chef that are available were awesome.

Jaime

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May 6, 2013

Just a note to tell you how much Maureen and I enjoyed the Kinsale trip.

Could not have asked for a better time. The accomodations were first rate, and Jim Good, Mr. Lillis' contact in Kinsale was superb.

Jim took the time to find out our interests, and arranged for us a spectacular time.

I would highly recommend Brendan Lillis and his trips to anyone. Feel free to use me as a recommendation.

Steve Nunan

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July 31, 2012

Hello Jim - A note to say 'Thank you so much for your amazing Irish hospitality. This has been such a memorable vacation here in Kinsale, & I know it wouldn't have been possible without all the tours and conversations of how to make thisan experience we absolutely will not forget. Thank you for booking the guys golf at Old Head and our Spa day.

The entire trip has been a trip of a lifetime, and you have been a great part of our experience here

Love, Chris & Julie

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Sir Jim!

Wishing you all the best with many thanks for your gifts of hospitality. You are a man of many talents and we were blessed to be the recipients of these and your time.

Thank you for making our stay the very best it could be.

May you continue to go far with many friends!

Sincere Regards, Joe and Lori

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Jim, Thanks so much for your gracious help. We have had a wonderful trip & hope to be back soon!

Steve & Wendy

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Jim, Thank you for making our visit so enjoyable. I loved every minute of our Ireland experience.

Nancy

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Jim, You have such a wonderful country!. Thank you for all your help. We sure had a great time here and would love to come back!.

Cathy

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October 28, 2011

A Thank You Letter from Community Grief Support Service

Carol A. MacMillian

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October 20, 2011

Dear Brendan

"Thank you again, Brendan, for allowing us to use these packages. They continue to be a huge hit."

NAA Auctioneer

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June 28 ,2011

Dear Brendan

Hope all is well where ever you are in the world. Marianne and I finally arrived back home yesterday evening after having an amazing vacation. We truly believe that are time in South Africa will be difficult to top. Everything at Zulu Nyala couldn't have been more perfect than it was. Everything from the staff, accommodations, AMAZING GAME DRIVES, meals, scenery, etc was just breathtaking and we already miss it. We did however take over 2000 photographs that will take me the better part of a few dedicated days of editing and deleting, but will remind of us of our time in South Africa. 

Furthermore, we just wanted to say a final thank you as this vacation was made possible with your assistance. From the endless emails we sent back and forth to you taking care of the bookings, Marianne and I were truly satisfied by this wonderful experience that we hope one day we can venture off and do it again.

Thank you and Safe Travels,

Zack and Marianne

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May 4,2011

Dear Mr. Lillis,

On behalf ofthe Southeast Cancer Foundation, I want to thank you for making the trip to Ireland possible for our recent James Bond Gala Live Auction. Thanks to your generosity, Jack Granger and Associates were able to raise a total of$14,500 for the trip by selling it twice, to the two top bidders!

Needless to say, we are just overjoyed to have made this much money for cancer research, where doctors in the Southeast are working hard towards better treatment options for patients and finding a cure. We are happy to be a part ofthis very important environment and feel that we are making a difference for mankind.

Because of friends like you, we will be able to net close to $250,000 from our Gala and help these researchers in their advancement towards finding a cure -in our lifetime. We appreciated your kindness to us and wish you success in your endeavors as well.

Sincerely, Yvonne Pope

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Oct 22, 2010

We would like to thank you for arranging a fantastic trip for us to Zulu Nyala, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. Each place was special with wonderful accommodations. We would particularly like to commend Sandile at Zulu Nyala and Patrick at the Country Manor for making our experience memorable and educational.

Both are knowledgeable, delightful to be with, and true ambassadors for your beautiful country. Seeing Victoria Falls is an awesome experience.

We’re already missing our daily game drives

Sincerely Naomi and Ivan

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Nov 6th, 2010

We are still flying high from our trip to Zulu Nyala! Everything went so beautifully and all your arrangements worked perfectly. Our guides were wonderful and the accommodations were spectacular. Thank you for all your hard work and diligence. This was the trip of a lifetime for us and one we will never forget.

Thank you for making it so memorable and seamless

Leslie and Bill

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Nov 15th, 2010

As I reflect upon my 3 weeks in Kinsale I am so very grateful to you. Upon my first moments until my final departure you were with me every step of the way and I feel it is important to acknowledge this sort of hospitality. Never in my life have I met someone so committed to hospitality.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did for me; stocking the apartment with essential groceries that I might have needed my first 24 hours, to giving me outstanding recommendations to the restaurant and sightseeing amenities, guiding me through the many apartment heating and appliance instructions, to checking in with me to ensure my comfort, to driving me to the train and actually getting me and my many bags on the train upon my departure.

I have never travelled alone and I never for one second felt alone. I will never forget all that you did for me and my family and I want you to know how much it meant. You made me feel so very welcome and a part of an extraordinary community which I have come to treasure in a very special way. I don’t know if you will understand how important that was to me.

So, to conclude we may never know what another person’s needs are in life. Maybe they need a comfortable place to be: a place to work for a while, maybe they need a safe haven from life’s hardships, or maybe they need a place to celebrate the best of life which for me was in Kinsale! You are a person that covered it all and so very graciously! I thank you Jim Good for all you did to make my time in a foreign country as one of the most pleasurable experiences of my life. I do hope to return and extend up my most blessings to you and all that I think I know you to be – a very honorable man of distinction! May God Bless you and if it ever were that I could extend hospitality to you or your family please let me know.

Anne Sharkey

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This was a great experience. The staff couldn’t have been nicer. Our guide Philemon was just terrific. We met some wonderful people to share our experiences as well.

Thank you again for helping with choices and decisions during the many months preceding our trip. You were a wonderful resource and I greatly appreciated your patience with my various inquiries! Look forward to hearing from you.

With warmest regards,

Judith



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