Frankie Farrell overcame his learning difficulties to become a tour guide at Guinness Storehouse

Tour Guide Graduate

Travel & Tourism

Frankie Farrell overcame his learning difficulties to become a tour guide at Guinness Storehouse.  He is rightly proud of his achievements and is keen to tell his story to inspire others who may face similar challenges.

He recalls “This year, I took a group of students from my old college Portobello Institute on a guided tour at the Guinness storehouse – something I never thought would happen!”

He thought this would never happen because he has dyslexia.  Dyslexia is a very common learning difficulty relating to reading and spelling which can affect people of all intellectual levels.  Frankie explains;

“I am dyslexic – I love learning new things.  To some, gaining a qualification in tourism and becoming a tour guide was not an option for me given the volume of learning and exams required.  This was not the case for my tutors at Portobello Institute – they believed in me, supported me and helped me every step of the way – in so many ways!  They got me through and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

Frankie’s personality and interests make him an ideal tour guide. Once he had learned the facts and stories about Guinness, he was able to deliver an interesting and informative tour. This is his dream job and he constantly encourages others to follow their dreams too, he says “I would say to anyone, considering any course of study regardless of the challenges they face – go on, take the plunge, work hard, seek support and you can have your dream job too!”

Frankie Farrell overcame his learning difficulties to become a tour guide at Guinness Storehouse Frankie Farrell overcame his learning difficulties to become a tour guide at Guinness Storehouse