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Battle of Antrim Anniversary Tour

Mallusk

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★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 71 Ratings

Donal Kelly - Blue Badge Level 4 Guide
Walking/Cycle/Coach Guide

Hello there,

                  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.

Cheers

Donal  

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We assemble at the Mallusk Cemetery, Burial place of rebel Jemmy Hope) for 12.00 noon and proceed to the Craigarogan Fort where Henry Joy Mc Cracken assembled the Belfast insurgents, its then on to Templepatrick to visit the grave of United Irishmen Martyr William Orr.

From Templepatrick we visit another assembly point for the Co Antrim insurgents, Donegore Hill, and the final port of call is Antrim Town, where we visit the All Saints Church of Ireland (1596) the site of the first engagement of the battle, and then walk down into Market Square, location of Antrim Court House, and the Castle wall the defensive position for the crown forces and Yomanry.

We plan to have speakers at eah of the sites to give some historical interpretation.

We hope to re-group after the event for 'Refreshments' , further information will be provided. .   

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    Terms & Conditions

    The organisers, The Society of United Irishmen/Ulster Events & Tours and Reclaim the Enlightenment will not be held liable for any personal injuries sustained during the event or damage or loss to vechicles or personal items.

    Participants must comply with the Covid-19 regulations in place at the time of the event regarding social distancing, hand sanitation and the wearing of face coverings inside.

    No political flags, emblems, placards etc are to be displayed, apart from those of the 1798 era.

    Participants are responsible for their own vechicles with regards to parking safely and also ensuring their vechicle is not causing a traffic hazzard or blocking access to fields, driveways etc. 

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    Customer Ratings

    ★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 71 Ratings
    • ★★★★★5 Great Experience
      Review by Gerry Mc Clory in Jun 2021 - Battle of Antrim Anniversary Tour

      Excellent drive and walk hearing and visualisation of the leaders, and the actual battle sites of the battle of Antrim. Great to hear the history and …

      Excellent drive and walk hearing and visualisation of the leaders, and the actual battle sites of the battle of Antrim. Great to hear the history and background to the events and insight into the thinking of the leaders. Thank you

    • ★★★★★5 Everyone in Ireland needs to see this History
      Review by Terry M. in Jun 2021 - Battle of Antrim Anniversary Tour

      “The purpose of History is not to eulogize but to Inspire the Living” The history I learned today is more relevant than ever and should be compuls…

      “The purpose of History is not to eulogize but to Inspire the Living” The history I learned today is more relevant than ever and should be compulsory learning for every secondary school pupil in N Ireland. As one of the speakers said it this history and culture which unites us in an era of continuing political polarization. Antrim the epicenter of Irish Republicanism!

    • ★★★★★5 Fabulous tour
      Review by Ann M. in Jun 2021 - Battle of Antrim Anniversary Tour

      Very well planned and delivered- excellent

    • ★★★★★5 Really enjoyable, even in the rain
      Review by Jane M. in May 2021 - 'Out on the Road' Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

      Did the tour on a rainy May day and it was great. I've lived in the area for over ten years and it's always interesting to learn about the familiar. D…

      Did the tour on a rainy May day and it was great. I've lived in the area for over ten years and it's always interesting to learn about the familiar. Donal really knew what he was talking about, he provided earphones so we could spread out and be a safe distance

    • ★★★★★5 The Best money my wife ever spent on me!
      Review by Eunan C. in May 2021 - Lagan Legends Cycle Tour

      The Maritime Mile tour just blew my mind! I thought I had nothing to learn but wow I know so much more now. Donal was a mind of information and his de…

      The Maritime Mile tour just blew my mind! I thought I had nothing to learn but wow I know so much more now. Donal was a mind of information and his delivery was knowledgeable and genuine. Can’t wait until the next one....thanks Donal

    • ★★★★★5 Highly recommended!
      Review by Garth M. in May 2021 - 'Out on the Road' Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

      Fascinating tour of the Ormeau / Ballynafeigh area. Donal was a great and interesting tour guide and it was wonderful to learn more about the history …

      Fascinating tour of the Ormeau / Ballynafeigh area. Donal was a great and interesting tour guide and it was wonderful to learn more about the history of this part of Belfast.