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  • 64 References 60 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning English
  • 73, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Retired December 2017
  • No education listed
  • From Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland
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About Me

I've since retired in Chicago and returned home to Co. Donegal in Ireland but I'd still welcome local and foreign visitors to the area and be pleased to be your guide to the local sights etc.
I don't drive myself but if you do let's go checkout Co. Donegal and beyond.

Removing myself after a very successful experience in CouchSurfing in Chicago which spanned for close to twenty years starting with a young individual from Palmerston North in New Zealand as he walked across the Columbus street bridge in Chicago that warm August day with a backpack and ski's when I asked him "where the hell are you going with Ski's in August and he asked me for directions to a Youth Hostel in Uptown on North Kenmore street and I knowing that it wasn't a good area to send anyone.
I said to him that if you'd meet me right here in two hours that I'd take him to see something worth seeing. As I continued on to meet a friend for dinner.
Grayson did indeed show up two hours later and we placed his backpack in my apartment and off we took for the evening fireworks at Navy Pier, strolling along Lake Michigan to Oak street beach, we rode the elevator to the 94th floor in the Hancock building's Observation Deck and after wards finally making it back to my place at 1.15am next day.
For the Joy of hosting other's free of charge took me by storm as it was Love at First sight!
Soon after I joined CouchSurfing .org
I'll have moved back home as of December 10, 2017 where I plan to be more involved in hosting individuals and showing anyone who's interested the greatness of County Donegal.

Currently I'm not hosting as I prepare to return to my homeland of Ireland where I once again will resume to accept visitors wishing to stay a few days. My Planned arrival date is December 10, 2017 but allow me time to unpack and get organized.

I've met some of the most wonderful people here on CouchSurfing from all corners of the world but leaning more on Europe since that's where I was born not necessarly Ireland!
But I'll only accept those who's address, phone and payment are verified and have more than five photographs on their profile page. If your part of a group please specify who is traveling with you and include their profile with photographs.
I will retire in December this year and move back to Co.Donegal-Ireland where I'd still enjoy hosting you.

I look for are members with references, have at least five photographs in your profile with great exposure! as so many are dull and out of focus!
I don't take those with visible tattoo's and piercings.

So many do not reply when I offer to host. There's others who would love to stay here so please try to reply to host's and let them know if you accept or deny!!

I've always tried to do my best but sometimes you cannot please everyone.

I'm an Irishman who came to USA at 19
same year/month as The Beatles
I'm a workaholic, enjoy what I do.

You'd be welcome to visit me
You'd find a Cead Mile Failte awaiting you
it means you'd receive
A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

Prefer to host male surfers ages 20-40 but open to all

Thank You

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

To help others especially students to find reasonable accommodation but I ask that you place your request weeks in advance before your arrival and that you meet my standards.
You must have at least five up close photographs of yourself that are easily visibleI ask that you have your address, phone etc verified.
I won't host local individuals.
If there's more than one person in your group then I want to see a few pic's of him/her too.
Tell how your mode of travel to Chicago and the times of arrival and departure and if it's by Air, Train or Bus.
Check-in time after 10am and before sunset.

So, Get Verified!
I prefer someone that will be visiting this area for the first time.
Ask that you have at least five/six photographs in your profile
they have to be clear and bright and not dark and fuzzy
stay a minimum of three days
Bring me some dark chocolate from your home country
Thank You

If there's more than one person in the group I need to see both photograph's otherwise PLEASE Don't ask!
Need you to have at least five/six photographs of yourself in your profile.
Minimum stay is three days


Have always loved to show Chicago to first time visitors
I'll feel the very same for people visiting me in Donegal
To treat them with kindness and ask the same from them.
You'll receive a Dead Mile Failte

No pet's or children unless! No loud music, you may visit local pubs but the front door here locks up at 11 pm and if sightseeing next day you'll want a good nights sleep (always advisable.)
No Exceptions!!!

No Pet's and No Smoking allowed inside but you can step outside to have your smoke.

  • photography
  • travel

Music, Movies, and Books

Classical and Irish

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've done many things to raise money-
Hiking the Pilgrims Train to Santiago de Compstella in Spain
200 miles. Done it in 1998 and again in 1999 and raised $38,000.
Hiked The Grand Canyon in 2010 raising $23,000-

Done 7.5 marathons for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago R.I.C. between the years 2011 and 2015 while raising $105,000:00 for kids and adults with physical disability and doing it was The Best Thing You Could Ever Do because your helping those less fortunate.

Done 16 marathons between 2001 and 2015 with 3 years off in between due to a bicycle injury in 2002 in Ireland.
I've raised $250,000:00 all for Charitable groups in doing them

What I Can Share with Hosts

More information about the city or town that I'm familiar with

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, U.S., Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ireland, United States

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