Donal Kelly - Blue Badge Level 4 Guide
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My name is Donal Kelly, I was born in Antrim Town about 18 miles outside Belfast but have lived in Belfast since 1990.
I hold the N.Ireland Blue Badge (Level 4) qualification, the highest accredited tour guiding qualification available in N.Ireland, and sit on the Executive of Tour Guides N. Ireland the local guiding association.
I also have a professional qualification in Community Relations, and I am a qualified Cycle Instructor.
My backround includes 17 years in Aerospace, and working as an Outdoors Instructor, I was also involved with the 'Peace People' in Belfast, a local peace organisation in the early 1990's.
In 2012 I started working as part of the Visitor Experience Team at Titanic Belfast, and started delivering my own guided experiences in 2016, (Belfast Mic Tours).
I have a love and passion for Ireland North and South and Irish History and culture.
My area's of expertise include Titanic, Belfast's Maritime and Industrial Heritage, and interpretation of the N. Ireland 'Troubles' (Political Mural's, Peace Walls, history and legacy of the Troubles).
I was also a 'Game of Thrones' extra in Seasons 1&2 playing mostly Lannisters, and fought for the Lannisters in the Battle of Blackwater Bay (Season 2).
Most of the fiming of this iconic TV show took place in various locations throughout N. Ireland, the most dramatic being the stunning Causeway Coast. (I am happy show you some of these locations and teach you the sword routine I was taught for the show).
So I am available for half or a full day, I can offer custom walking/cycle tours or I can join you in a hire car or I can arrange a luxury minibus for your group.
I am also happy to pre-book Tea/Coffee stops, Lunch stops, pre-book entrance slots for visitor experiences and organise any other activities.
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Antrim Town Historic Walking Tour
Over the 1.45 hours of gentle walking you will learn about the origins of the town and hear stories of the founding family the Clotworthy/Masereene’s and see the birthplace (Pogues Entry) of the town’s most famous son, author Alexander Irvine. You will also walk in the footprints of the 1798 United Irishmen and hear how the famous ‘Battle of Antrim’ unfolded.
Highlights of the Tour
Approx. 1.5 hours duration, numbers limited to 14, a ‘state of the art’ radio system is used, route is on paths and pavements, with gentle gradients and is fully accessible. Tours begin and end at Clotworthy House. Participants must arrive 15 mins before the tour start time. Tours will go ahead rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.
- Walk through the beautiful restored gardens
- Access to historic Pogues Entry
- Walk in the footsteps of the 1798 insurgents and crown forces and hear how the dramatic ‘Battle of Antrim’ played out on the streets of Antrim.
- Hear fascinating stories of the Clotworthy / Massereene family and the founding of the town.
- Learn some of the interesting social history of the town.
We can facilitate large (Currently Max 14) Group bookings, please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.
Currently due to the Covid 19 situation we can only accomodate a maximum of 14.
Photos taken by Belfast Mic Tours