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Ask the Irishman – Our Resident Travel Expert!

Many people ask us how a Kansas native met and married an Irishman. Here is our story, as taken from “Love Story”, a Kansas City Star feature.



Mary looked around the crowded Irish pub and saw only two empty chairs hugging a small round table. She led her parents and aunts to that table, hoping to find additional chairs. As she approached, a man sitting nearby got up and began collecting extra chairs for her. That September evening in 2000, Gerry Buckley was with his brother, visiting his Irish homeland for the first time in years. He had moved to South Africa when he was a teenager and currently lived in England. Soon Gerry and Mary and their families were sitting together, having wonderful conversations. When a group of local dancers performed, Gerry took pictures and promised Mary he would send them. They exchanged phone numbers and addresses. As she continued her Irish vacation, Mary often thought of Gerry. When she returned to Kansas, those photos were waiting for her. She immediately called Gerry. He was thrilled to get her call. Soon they were talking and mailing regularly. Gerry occasionally left Mary a love song on her answering machine. “Come to KC and look around,” she invited and he did, in January 2001. He returned in March. When he left for England, I told him, “If you come back, bring your stuff because I won’t want you to leave again.” Mary says. He returned, with his “stuff”, and they were married in June 2001. As part of their travels, they have returned to the pub where they met. The staff gave them a wonderful welcome and a free “pint”.  Travel was an important part of their lives, so they bought The Complete Traveler in downtown Overland Park which they took over in October, 2003. They since expanded the services to include travel arrangements. 

 

The Best at Customer Service

This place is great! Not only will you find everything (and more) that you need in the travel store, but Gerry and his wife are absolutely THE BEST at customer service (which we all know is lacking these days).

Maureen S.

The Complete Traveler
2017-03-10T11:17:07+00:00

Maureen S.

This place is great! Not only will you find everything (and more) that you need in the travel store, but Gerry and his wife are absolutely THE BEST at customer service (which we all know is lacking these days).

So Much More Than What We Expected

Ireland has been on our bucket list for a long time and we have just returned. When we first got serious about putting together a trip, some friends suggested we visit with Mary N Gerry Buckley at The Complete Traveler in Overland Park, and we are so glad we did. This trip was so much more than what we expected. Gerry shares his passion and knowledge of his homeland, and Mary gently keeps everyone on time and comfortable. And if a bus tour isn't your thing, they will help you put together your own trip of a lifetime and not just to Ireland. John and I strongly encourage you to check out this small travel agency. You will love them!!

Eileen W.

The Complete Traveler
2017-03-29T11:26:04+00:00

Eileen W.

Ireland has been on our bucket list for a long time and we have just returned. When we first got serious about putting together a trip, some friends suggested we visit with Mary N Gerry Buckley at The Complete Traveler in Overland Park, and we are so glad we did. This trip was so much more than what we expected. Gerry shares his passion and knowledge of his homeland, and Mary gently keeps everyone on time and comfortable. And if a bus tour isn't your thing, they will help you put together your own trip of a lifetime and not just to Ireland. John and I strongly encourage you to check out this small travel agency. You will love them!!

Very Knowledgeable & Personable Guide

Dana and I really enjoyed our trip with you Gerry.  I liked not changing lodging every day, and Gerry is a very knowledgeable and personable guide.  Our money was well spent with The Complete Traveler.  If I ever get rich I’ll go to South Africa with you.  In the meantime, I would like to go back to Ireland in 2 years.  When the time comes, I’ll be in looking for help.

Peter N.

The Complete Traveler
2017-03-10T11:18:25+00:00

Peter N.

Dana and I really enjoyed our trip with you Gerry.  I liked not changing lodging every day, and Gerry is a very knowledgeable and personable guide.  Our money was well spent with The Complete Traveler.  If I ever get rich I’ll go to South Africa with you.  In the meantime, I would like to go back to Ireland in 2 years.  When the time comes, I’ll be in looking for help.

Gerry's Journal

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