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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
    • ★★★★4 Enjoyable well paced educational walking tour of a

      My sister and I really enjoyed this walking tour .A delightful way to spend a couple of hours being taught and seeing the beautiful history of antrim …

      My sister and I really enjoyed this walking tour .A delightful way to spend a couple of hours being taught and seeing the beautiful history of antrim town .

    • ★★★★★5 Cycle Tour Belfast

      Had a fantastic evening on a cycle tour with Donal. It was a great way to see Belfast and learn about all it's history. Donal was really informative …

      Had a fantastic evening on a cycle tour with Donal. It was a great way to see Belfast and learn about all it's history. Donal was really informative and a super guide. All equipment provided. Would recommend this tour to anyone!

    • ★★★★★5 Great Way to Spend a Sunny Sunday Afternoon

      We moved to Antrim just over a year ago and were keen to learn a bit more about the history of the town. Donal was an excellent guide, he has a wealth…

      We moved to Antrim just over a year ago and were keen to learn a bit more about the history of the town. Donal was an excellent guide, he has a wealth of knowledge on the area and gave us a much better understanding of the important events that had happened in and around Antrim. If you have the opportunity and an interest in the history of Antrim, I would strongly recommend that you join Donal on one of his future tours of the town.

    • ★★★★★5 Interesting

      Donal was an excellent guide. Very informative and enjoyable. Antrim has a fascinating history and I think more could be done to tell people. The tour…

      Donal was an excellent guide. Very informative and enjoyable. Antrim has a fascinating history and I think more could be done to tell people. The tour was very enjoyable and the earphones were great, sound clear and helped social distancing. Highly recommended.

    • ★★★★★5 Great tour

      Really interesting tour which was clear and easy to follow

    • ★★★★★5 Things I didn’t know

      Having lived in this area of South Belfast for 30 years ( I’m not a native) I was interested to find out more. Donal our guide explained things I ha…

      Having lived in this area of South Belfast for 30 years ( I’m not a native) I was interested to find out more. Donal our guide explained things I had often wondered about and told me things I didn’t know. Fascinating walk. Thank you Donal