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About Us 2021-01-19T16:09:53+00:00

Meet our guides

Paul Donnelly

Paul Donnelly is DC Tours lead tour guide. A qualified teacher, mediator and international tour guide, he has delivered DC Tours programme for 8 years. In his time with DC Tours Paul has won a number of prestigious awards including ‘Top UK Guide’ at Wanderlust’s ‘World Guide Awards’ in October 2019.

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Mark Wylie

Mark Wylie conceived and created the company in 2013, an Anthropology and Celtic Archaeology graduate, he has also studied the history of the Irish Conflict and Celtic civilisation extensively.  A native of Belfast, and born in the year the Troubles began, today Mark has a more operational role in the company, but still loves to get out to meet and guide tour groups a few days each week.

Gabe Nelson

Gabe joined us in the summer of 2017, and has been getting ‘Excellent’ review ratings since his very first tour. In his previous life, Gabe worked for over 35 years in central government as an environmental scientist. During that time he worked closely with his counterparts in the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the UK. He also worked on a number of environmental projects related to the North South Ministerial Council, which was set up under the Good Friday Agreement (GFA).

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James Ellson

James joined us in July 2020 as our newest guide after retiring from a 30 year career in public service. He has worked around Northern Ireland, including central Belfast since 2015. James was born in Belfast and grew up in the Holylands area of the city during the worst of the ‘Troubles’. Living so close to a sectarian interface and a city centre blighted by violence, enables him to bring personal experience as to what it was like to live in the city during the conflict.

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Collaborations

Blindboy Podcast

Back in early 2018 we were invited to take part in a live audience event with the ridiculously talented and smart Blindboy Boatclub of the RubberBandits, Blindboy has the most popular podcast in Ireland with over 1 million listeners.  The resulting 90 minute discussion between our Donzo and Blindboy was recorded and became Blindboy’s first live podcast. We have lost count of the number of guests we have had on the tour who heard of us through the podcast (we owe Blindboy a lot of beers!).  Here’s the podcast, we hope you enjoy it, and please be aware there’s a tiny bit of swearing…

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Belfast Romances

In early 2019 we got to create our very own mural in collaboration with the Bullitt Hotel, Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and the very excellent artist Leo Boyd. Leo’s idea was to show “Belfast as a city in a pop-art, day-glo disaster zone.” Visitors on our city walking tours regularly say our tour helps them fall in love with the city of Belfast, as we explore not only what we have gone through, but also our resilience and how far we have come in recent years. ‘Belfast Romances’ is on the route of our city centre tour and is a love story of sorts; where the guest can actually become immersed in our story, and so become part of the city, and create a fun way to remember their visit.

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