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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 Donal Kelly's Mike 'n' Hike tour
      Review by Christian Pierce in Apr 2018 - Belfast Mic N Hike Walking Tour

      I took Donal's Mike 'n' Hike tour with my parents last summer. We had a wonderful time walking through downtown Belfast with his guidance. Not only…

      I took Donal's Mike 'n' Hike tour with my parents last summer. We had a wonderful time walking through downtown Belfast with his guidance. Not only is Donal knowledgeable about the history of Belfast to a ludicrous degree, he's able to bring it all across in an interesting way. It's clear that not only has he done quite a bit of research, but he actually enjoys what he does. I can say that you will be getting a pretty good view into the history of Belfast, why it is the way it is today and of course the history of the native industries and the remnants thereof. The whole time, you will be with someone who is very friendly and encourages questions and engagement. Do not waste the opportunity.

    • ★★★★★5 Highly recommended!
      Review by Zebi in Apr 2018 - Belfast Mic N Hike Walking Tour

      At first we thought that this would be a regular walking tour - don't be mistaken. Donal is a very good story teller and goes into the history of Belf…

      At first we thought that this would be a regular walking tour - don't be mistaken. Donal is a very good story teller and goes into the history of Belfast and takes you on a journey of the making of the city. A major plus of this tour is the Mic headsets that Donal supplies, which makes the experience much easier to follow without interruptions. This is suitable for everyone ( including groups ) and for a 2 hour tour is worth every penny!