Paul is originally from the shores of Strangford Lough, Co Down, Northern Ireland. He has been steeped in the study of history from an early age, sparked off for example, when he discovered that the Vikings who sailed into Lough Cuan in the 9th century (original Irish -means lough of the bays) named it Strang fyiord after it’s fierce currents.
His activities have been varied :-He has been an outdoor pursuits instructor, advanced swimming teacher, long distance swimmer, Canoe Instructor, holds the Distinction award of the R.L.S.S. and a bird ringer for the R.S.P.B.
After qualifying as a school teacher from Stranmillis college, Queen’s University, Belfast, he taught in the city for several years. However his love of Irish music caused him to become a professional musician and he arrived in London in 1977. During these years he has performed in most major concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall (designed by a Belfast man!) and has played on numerous film scores.
Playing music all over London for many decades he was fascinated by it’s history and describes a pivotal moment when playing at a venue in East London. During the interval, he ambled outside with the promoter who informed him that the alleyway they were standing in was where one of Jack the Ripper’s victims was found!
He trained as a Westminster guide and created his unique walk which explores the footfall of notable Irish men and women in this great city, as well as various others throughout Westminster.
Paul being admitted into the membership of the Westminster Guide Lecturers Association by Lady Christabel Flight , Lord Mayor of Westminster and Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL, Honorary President.