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Battle of Antrim Anniversary Tour

Mallusk

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★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 84 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 84 Ratings
    • ★★★★★5 Great tour!
      Review by G Foxsmith in Oct 2019 - Belfast Mic N Hike Walking Tour

      Very good way to get around!

    • ★★★★4 Great tour!

      We loved the tour and the guide. Donal was fantastic and had so much great stuff to say. The only thing I didn’t love was having to bring our own bi…

      We loved the tour and the guide. Donal was fantastic and had so much great stuff to say. The only thing I didn’t love was having to bring our own bikes. We used the Belfast bikes bike share thing but had trouble getting bikes so we were quite late for the tour and had to track down the group at the Titanic museum. Then on our way back (luckily at the very end of the tour) my bike got a flat. The tour itself was great though!

    • ★★★★★5 Antrim Town Historical tour.
      Review by Stephen McCracken in Oct 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

      Brilliant tour, I actually had to take it twice. From the battle of antrim too two the American Civil war burials, this tour really holds the inqusiit…

      Brilliant tour, I actually had to take it twice. From the battle of antrim too two the American Civil war burials, this tour really holds the inqusiitive persons attention. A great guide is always half the battle won.

    • ★★★★4 Girls day out with a difference
      Review by Fiona Skilling in Oct 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

      Absolutely loved it. Very interesting got to know a lot of things I didn't know about. Our wee town. Very informative. Couldn't get a better guide as …

      Absolutely loved it. Very interesting got to know a lot of things I didn't know about. Our wee town. Very informative. Couldn't get a better guide as our Donal. Fun, witty. Very professional. Loved the last story at the end.

    • ★★★★★5 Singing in the rain
      Review by Heidi Blackwood in Oct 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

      ......well not exactly singing, but when the rain and thunder came on, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. A great afternoon learning lots we didn’t …

      ......well not exactly singing, but when the rain and thunder came on, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. A great afternoon learning lots we didn’t know about our own home town! Thank you so much for the insightful commentary and photos of Olde Antrim.

    • ★★★★★5 I would highly recommend this tour to everyone.
      Review by Eileen McVey in Jul 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

      This tour is well organised and the programme is well scheduled. The tour guide, born and reared in Antrim, has a complete understanding of the histor…

      This tour is well organised and the programme is well scheduled. The tour guide, born and reared in Antrim, has a complete understanding of the history of Antrim. Interim questions were all handled promptly and thoroughly. The history was very interesting to hear. The walk itself is neither arduous or tiring.