Hugh Carthy developed an interest in everything to do with the Burren after moving to Co. Clare in 1992. He had studied Archaeology for two years at NUIG during his degree programme in 1976-1979. In 2008 he obtained an Hons. Diploma in Archaeology from NUIG, dealing specifically with the Burren and the Aran Islands. He now provides guided tours from his base in Ennis, Co. Clare.