Farewell to Ireland Expert Pat Preston

March 18, 1944 to May 18, 2011

Pat Preston

Ireland and the Irish-American community lost a great friend yesterday when Pat Preston passed away in her home in Red Hook, NY. Pat was the author of several books about Ireland and hosted the popular travel website and Q&A forum at www.IrelandExpert.com.

Liam and I had the honor of meeting Pat several years ago in Adare, County Limerick. Since that time, Pat has been generous with her knowledge and her friendship. We will miss her terribly.

In honor of Pat, our blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page will be quiet for the rest of the day… Tomorrow, we’ll return with a full serving of all things Irish… because we feel Pat wouldn’t want us to keep quiet for too long.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Pat’s family.

Some links we recommend:

  1. Pat’s Obituary
  2. Our Podcast Interview with Pat
  3. Pat’s Ireland Expert Website
  4. Pat’s 10 Irish Words You Should Know When Traveling Around the Emerald Isle
  5. Our Review of Pat’s “Ireland Travel 101”
Liam Hughes, Pat Preston, John Preston and Corey Taratuta in Adare.

Liam Hughes, Pat Preston, John Preston and Corey Taratuta in Adare in 2007.

Author: Corey

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  1. With deepest sympathy to Pats family. Pat really was the #1 Ireland expert. We will miss her.

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  2. This is very sad news. Pat’s advice was instrumental in planning our trip to Ireland in 2009. As an added surprise, we randomly ran into Pat and her tour group at Kate Kearney’s Cottage one night during our trip and she snapped a picture with us for her blog. I was a fun night filled with music, dancing and Guinness! She was a fabulous lady and our condolences go out to her family and friends.

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  3. She, so kindly, helped me plan my honeymoon trip 10+ years ago – so giving of her knowledge and time. She will be missed very much. Thoughts and prayers with her family.

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  4. Prayers to Pat’s family and for her generous soul!

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  5. “May the choirs of angels come to greet you; may they sing you to paradise. May the Lord enfold you in all mercy. May you have eternal life.”

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  6. A true and wonderful friend who will be missed so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and numerous friends.

    All the staff at Dooley Car Rentals.

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  7. An old Irish blessing going out to Pat:

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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  8. My thoughts and heartfelt sympathy to all of Pat’s family and friends. Pat will be missed by all of us who loved Ireland almost as much as she did!

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  9. shocked indeed…I knew Johns passing last year knocked her back, but this is a very, very sad day. Ireland has lost a charming, effective, enthusiastic and knowlegeable ambassador and we have all lost a friend.

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  10. Pat was so helpful in my planning for our month in Ireland last summer. She had so many wonderful suggestions for my family. Our trip was perfect with many thanks to her. She will be missed dearly. Wishing her family peace at this time of loss.

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  11. A sad day indeed for Irish tourism and for all who had the blessing of knowing Pat in some way. She touched so many lives. I am not sure even she knew how many lives she touched.

    It is up to those of us whom she mentored to pick up the mantle and try to live up to those big walking shoes which will be impossible to fill. She is one of two women who have helped me as I have followed my dream.

    So hello to John for us, Pat, mo chara. We’ll see you on the other side…I know it will be a grand tour!

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