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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 Above and beyond

      We had an amazing time on this tour. Donal is an outstanding guide. He knows the history of the city and tailored some of the stops to our interests, …

      We had an amazing time on this tour. Donal is an outstanding guide. He knows the history of the city and tailored some of the stops to our interests, which was very thoughtful of him. The audio quality on the mic is excellent. We were able to have descriptions almost continuously during our bike ride. The city bikes were comfortable. This was the perfect way to spend the day in Belfast.

    • ★★★★★5 Bet you didn’t know this but Antrim had.......
      Review by Debby Cushenan in Jul 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

      I thought I knew everything but was I in for a surprise! Fantastic tour taken by Antrim man Donal Kelly.....adding in insights from his own years of g…

      I thought I knew everything but was I in for a surprise! Fantastic tour taken by Antrim man Donal Kelly.....adding in insights from his own years of growing up in Antrim. If you haven’t already taken the tour get booking now, you won’t be disappointed.

    • ★★★★★5 A gem of a tour with something for everyone.

      Lovely walking tour of Antrim town including the beautiful Castle gardens. Learnt about the 1798 Rebellion and Antrim's historic ladies including a '…

      Lovely walking tour of Antrim town including the beautiful Castle gardens. Learnt about the 1798 Rebellion and Antrim's historic ladies including a 'Lady Diana' and 'My lady of the chimney corner'. A gem of a tour with something for everyone.

    • ★★★★★5 I would absolutely highly recommend Donals Tour.
      Review by Stephen McCracken in Jun 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

      Absolutely brilliant historical/modern tour of Antrim. From Metalica to Alexander Irvings best selling book the tour caters for so many. He did and sh…

      Absolutely brilliant historical/modern tour of Antrim. From Metalica to Alexander Irvings best selling book the tour caters for so many. He did and showed us a great account of the Battle of Antrim which happened in 1798. I would absolutely highly recommend Donals Tour.

    • ★★★★★5 Our walking tour of Belfast was excellent .
      Review by Mary Cullen in Sep 2018 - Belfast Mic N Hike Walking Tour

      Donal Kelly was informed and very knowledgeable. He made allowances for one of our party who was unable to walk as quickly as the rest of us and the t…

      Donal Kelly was informed and very knowledgeable. He made allowances for one of our party who was unable to walk as quickly as the rest of us and the two hours seemed very short! As a native of Belfast I found his tour particularly interesting and I have no hesitation in recommending him whether you are a local or a tourist! The Mic system works very well and makes it very easy for the whole party to keep up with the commentary. Mary

    • ★★★★★5 Donal’s MicnHike tour is by far my favourite
      Review by Chloe in May 2018 - Belfast Mic N Hike Walking Tour

      Of all the tours I have been on, Donal’s MicnHike tour is by far my favourite. Donal offers a comprehensive and enlightening tour, that stretches ou…

      Of all the tours I have been on, Donal’s MicnHike tour is by far my favourite. Donal offers a comprehensive and enlightening tour, that stretches out over the quarters in the city. As someone who has worked in the tourism industry for a number of years, Donal’s tour surprised and delighted me as I learned more about my home city than I could have possibly imagined. Suitable not only for tourists but locals as well, MicnHike teaches you of the deep, rich cultural history that Belfast has to offer – seeing places that you’ve known your whole life through a different lens. I cannot recommend Donal’s tour enough to those wanting the full Belfast experience.