Two names on the Titanic Memorial at Belfast City Hall have asterisks against them - John Horgan and Thomas Hart. But what are the asterisks for? I did a bit of digging and here's what I found out.
We had a very special guest out on tour with us this week. Andrew Meador was our second guest ever when we started the tours back in 2013. This weekend he came back for a second trip with Donzo to see what's changed in the last ten years.
We are delighted to have been approved for membership of the Conflict and Legacy Interpretive Network, a group of museums and heritage organisations who are working together to look at how best to collect, interpret and share conflict history.
If you have any interest in Belfast architecture you will have heard of Sir Charles Brett (1928-2005), whether as the author C.E.B. Brett, or Charlie Brett. He was a fascinating figure, a solicitor who was variously a politician, historian, artist, journalist, writer and conservationist.
In July this year Donzo took a group of students from Purchase College, State University of New York on a private tour of the murals in West Belfast. And last week he got a chance to attend an afternoon of theatre, music, art, dance and conversation presented by the students in response to their time here.
We have a new statue in Belfast! It stands in Lombard Street and commemorates Frederick Douglass, the American author, anti-slavery campaigner and early champion of women’s rights.
The only public memorial to victims of the troubles in Belfast was defaced by graffiti last year. After six months nothing had been done to restore it, so we cleaned it up ourselves.
We have updated our free self guided tour of the Titanic Quarter just in time for the summer holidays.
You'll often hear Belfast’s Europa Hotel described as “Europe’s most bombed hotel”, but if anywhere deserves to hold that dubious honour it’s actually the Sarajevo Holiday Inn.
In April we participated in a week-long international arts and cultural programme hosted by the British Council Northern Ireland called Peace and Beyond 2023: The Role of Arts in Divided and Polarised Societies to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
How we ended up in a segment on MSNBC's Morning Joe, along with Bob Geldof, Malachi O'Doherty and a Belfast punk outfit called Gender Chores!
It's the start of the tourist season, Belfast is busier than ever and here at DC Tours we are girding up our loins, lacing up our walking shoes and preparing for another summer of fun and hard work. So what better time to get a new DC Tours mascot?