Kerry Coaches Ltd is regarded as Ireland’s leading luxury coach company. The Killarney based company, is owned and run by Mike Buckley and his son Johnny. The original business was started by Mike’s father; Johnny Buckley who started providing transportation in the Killarney area in 1957. From its humble beginnings of a horse and cart, Kerry Coaches now has one of the largest and most modern fleet of vehicles in Ireland. These vehicles range in size from Mercedes Saloon cars to 53 seated luxurious coaches.
Kerry Coaches is proud to have an experienced and knowledgeable team behind us, some of whom have been working with Kerry Coaches for over 25 years. This level of quality ensures that we will provide a 5 star Irish vacation to all our clients.
Kerry Coaches is delighted to take part once again in the Cycle Against Suicide Campaign. It’s continued success is a credit to all involved and we are happy to spread the vital message “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”
Kerry Coaches began in 1957 when Johnny Buckley and his wife Mary B first provided transportation to the visitors in the Killarney area with the traditional horse and cart (locally known as a Jaunting Car). This quickly increased and in 1960 incorporated their first vehicle, a Ford Zephyr. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s “JJ Buckley & Sons”, as it was then known continued to expand and added 3 new VW Microbuses.
In 1979, Mike Buckley took over the business from his father and it was renamed “Buckley’s Tours”. The office was based in the front room of Mike’s home and the fleet was now a grand total of 6 vehicles, with seating capacity of 20 people. However, Mike had inherited great entrepreneurial skills from his father and teamed up with local businessman, Billy Daly and formed “Kerry Coaches”. Kerry Coaches focused on the booming American market and large group travel and continued to thrive with repeat clients throughout the 1990’s.
By the end of the Millennium, Mike and his team began to outgrow the old office and built the custom designed facilities which we still call home today. Located just on the edge of Killarney town it now boasts state of the art garage facilities, a modern office and an expanding team of 100 plus staff.
In 2008 Mike took full control of Kerry Coaches and merged it with Buckley’s Coaches. Today it is an awarding winning company with over 75 luxury vehicles. It is also joined by 3rd generation, Johnny Buckley (named after his Grandfather) who became transport manager in 2009. Since then the company has continued to be at the forefront of innovation and service both Nationally and Internationally.