Donal grew up in the town of Antrim about 17 miles NW of Belfast and has lived in Belfast since 1989, his Great Grandfather worked at Harland & Wolff and helped to build Titanic, his Grandfather was a Tram/Trolley bus driver, an Air Raid Warden during WWII and a senior union Rep in the Belfast Linen Mills.
Donal's backround was in Aerospace working for Belfast Company Shorts/Bombardier for 17 years until redundancy in 2002 as a result of the 9/11 attacks, after re-training he worked for several years as an Outdoors Instructor before getting a job as part of the Visitor Experience Team at the new Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience.
In the early 1990's Donal was involved with the 'Peace People' an organisation originally set up in 1976 in an effort to stop the cycle of violence engulfing NI at that time, he also holds a 'Community Relations' qualification.
In 2016 Donal started offering his own guided walking/cycling and step-on coach guiding under the name of 'Belfast Mic Tours' and bought 14 radio units to ensure participants hear every word and story.
Donal's specialist area's include Titanic and Belfast's Maritime and Industrial heritage, Game of Thrones, he was an extra in Season's 1&2 and has the pics to prove it, and also Belfast's unique links to the founding of the USA.
He also holds the highest level of Tour Guiding qualification available in N. Ireland the Level 4 (Blue Badge) and has 8 years experience guiding in Belfast, the Causeway Coast and other area's of N. Ireland.
So let Donal Kelly provide you with a unique and memorable experience during your visit to Belfast and N. Ireland, he can customise a tour to suit your needs/interests and is ready to start a conversation with you now.
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.
Click on the 'Ask a Question' link for further details and a customised quote.