This week sees the 50th anniversary of Bloody Friday. The most violent day of the most violent month of the most violent year of the Troubles.
Very simply being a civilian bus driver or conductor here was an incredibly dangerous job. And just being a passenger on a bus could be a very dangerous ‘activity’.
The DC Tours phone rang on Monday, and I answered professionally and courteously as usual. Nadia, a pleasant woman with a posh London accent, quickly explained that BBC Breakfast wanted to interview me as a Belfast tour guide and historian about the Kenneth Branagh film ‘Belfast’.
The sprouts have wreaked (reeked?) their havoc, the remaining turkey has been curried and the tree shoved back up its hole, it is time to reflect on the Christmases past. Every year should be a learning year and whilst it has been an ‘annus horriblis’ to borrow a phrase, this year I have learned several things
Donzo's blog about the lost cinemas of Belfast
Donzo interviews his Ma about Belfast's nightlife before the Troubles really got started...
Belfast is famous for its murals, many of which commemorate or memorialise the victims of the Troubles. But why are there so few memorials in the city centre, where so many of the attacks happened?
DC Tours lead guide Paul 'Donzo' Donnelly remembers the halcyon days of his youth as a young punk in Belfast in the eighties.
Donzo regularly gets asked what is his favourite book about the Troubles from our list of recommendations. Here it is. It may surprise you...
Donzo explores the hidden meaning behind the name DC Tours, how the Troubles in Northern Ireland influenced it and what it stands for.
The trials and tribulations of attending local football matches in Belfast in the eighties. Paul reminiscences about the good old days...
Tour guide James Ellson remembers how the Ulster Museum saved him from boring Sundays growing up in South Belfast during the Troubles.