In 2014 Celtic Rider was chosen to lead a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route with the president, Shannon Stowell and vice president, Chris Doyle of the ATTA, (Adventure Travel Trade Association). The purpose of this 10 day tour was to showcase the growing number of options for the outdoor adventure seeker wishing to experience the breath-taking beauty of the Irish west coastal seascape. Celtic Rider was chosen by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, to lead this tour because of Paul’s profound fondness for Ireland and his knowledge of the country gained over a lifetime..
‘Over the years, we have continued to gain recognition and accreditation from commercial and government bodies here in Ireland for what it is that we do. We also have the many plaudits heaped upon us by our customers – just check out our testimonial page for some of these’, Paul Rawlins
Back in early 1976, after just turning 16 years old, Paul’s first fulltime job was as a motorcycle dispatch rider for the P&T (Post & Telegraphs Government Department), delivering urgent government telegrams around Ireland. His bike was a Bultaco 150cc. There were only 20 despatch riders in the squad, and over 10,000 applicants for the job. All were trained by the Irish Army Motorcycle School. Little did Paul realise at the time, due to the influence of many factors, the pure rugged spiritual beauty of our country’s landscape, and the genuine friendliness and hospitality he encountered day after day, that his path in life would eventually be to open Ireland’s first motorcycle rental & touring company.
After only a short few years in business, to be recognised by captains of industry, business leaders, and state bodies such as Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and National and Regional Enterprise boards, Celtic Rider has been flagged as a truly outstanding small business with outstanding contribution to national tourism.