Meet the Captain


Viking Mike

Known locally as “Viking Mike”, Michael McDonnell established Viking Tours in 1999 as a themed passenger vessel. As captain and proprietor, he has become an ambassador to all those visiting Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and today the business is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Midlands.

Viking Mike is a well-versed seafarer also. He began his sailing journey at the age of fifteen, sailing off the West coast of Kerry on a fireball dingy, this being his sailing vessel of choice. Today, Michael is still an avid sailor and has crewed on many well-known Tall Ships which include the Asgard II, Jeanie Johnston and STS Lord Nelson.

Viking Mike athlone viking tours
viking mike and brendan grace
viking mike and Jenny Green