Online Experience2021-03-30T11:22:28+00:00

The History of the Troubles is a 2 hour live online experience led by Paul Donnelly, UK Tour Guide 2019 (Wanderlust World Guide Awards)

An army Ferret tank in the Belfast Troubles, which Paul Donzo Donnelly discusses in the online experience
A mural referring to the Belfast Troubles, which Paul Donzo Donnelly discusses in the online experience
The Belfast Troubles, which Paul Donzo Donnelly discusses in the online experience

The Experience

Paul Donnelly – Belfast native, Irish History & Politics lecturer and ‘Top UK Tour Guide 2019’ hosts this live Zoom event. It comprises a 60 minute virtual historical tour followed by a 60 minute Q&A and discussion.

Fully interactive and with a maximum of 10 online guests, we promise you a personal experience with a live guide.  This online experience will allow you to truly understand the history of our conflict and the path to peace.  You will discover the reasons and events which led to violence breaking out in the 1960s. Paul will explain the impact of the Troubles on our lives, how it ended, and the fragile peace we strive to maintain.

We promise an enriching, amazing, engaging, educational and powerful experience.

Paul Donzo Donnelly, your host on the Belfast Troubles online experience

Important information

What, where & when?

  • Duration: 2 hours, (including Q&A)

  • Price: £20 per ticket

  • Dates & Times: Every Saturday & Sunday at 5.00pm GMT


  • US East Coast: 12:00am Noon

  • US West Coast: 9:00am

  • London GMT: 5:00pm

  • Australia (Brisbane): 3:00am


  • After booking your Experience you will receive an email with a link for registration. Please follow the link and enter your registration details.

  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the joining instructions for the Experience on Zoom.

  • You will also receive a reminder email 24 hours and 1 hour before the start time.

  • We ask that you login at least a minute or two before the Experience start time.


The Experience takes place in Zoom Webinar. To participate, we recommend you join from a computer or tablet running Windows or macOS. A larger screen will allow you to really appreciate the slideshow (as opposed to a mobile phone). You will need a stable internet connection too.

Paul Donnelly will start with a virtual historical tour of the Troubles followed by an interactive Q&A session so you’ll be able to ask him anything about the Troubles and what it was like growing up in Belfast at the time.

Online Experience Reviews

Online Experience Reviews

Here’s what some of our online guests think of the new Experience:

For anyone looking for an informed, clear, and passionate tour through this turbulent period, DC Tours is absolutely on the money. Absolutely worth it!


If you want to understand the chain of history that has brought Northern Ireland to where it is today in an honest, frank, warm and friendly environment, I highly recommend this Experience. The online tour is a stimulating experience that you can access from your own kitchen. The historical presentation lasted about an hour and there followed a generous hour and more of open discussion and insight into both history and current affairs. It was a truly privileged insight from two guys who know their subject from the top to the bottom.


I really enjoyed it – The passion and knowledge that you and Paul have is quite something.  The conversation yesterday was extremely interesting and well managed.  It was a great way to spend a couple of hours on lockdown.


Awesome tour folks – loved it!


I highly recommend the Online Experience. Very interesting, informative and friendly.


Many thanks again for offering this opportunity to meet you and Paul, and to have this great overview of the history of the Troubles. Mom and I both enjoyed it immensely.


Thank you for the tour—it was brilliant as always. I am so pleased the tour adapted to the current circumstances.


Thanks again for an excellent “tour” yesterday.   We very much enjoyed it.   It was very comprehensive and balanced, which is no easy feat.   You have a great online model here that could be used extensively in lockdown and beyond for schools/colleges and tour groups, etc


Joined in with the online experience with Paul Donnelly. It was excellent: part history, part commentary on contemporary events, part virtual tour of Belfast. The online format works very well. Great use of visual material, very structured presentation of fascinating facts, and all combined with interaction with everyone who joins the tour. Particularly good in showing how the big historical context operated on daily life. Brilliantly done. Highly recommended.

Brendan, TripAdvisor

Many thanks for hosting the event – I really enjoyed it. One of the things I thought you got just right was the neutrality!


Frequently asked questions

Is the Experience live or pre-recorded?2020-12-28T14:08:13+00:00

The History of the Troubles Experience is entirely live! Feel free to submit questions during the presentation using the Chat function and we will endeavour to answer them all and chat directly with our guests in the Q&A and Discussion session after the presentation.

How long does the Experience last?2021-03-30T12:06:05+00:00

The live webinar will run for up to 2 hours, including the Q&A and discussion.  The first 60 minutes is the presentation. After this, guests can leave if they wish or stay around to ask questions, chat and learn about our lives and the Troubles in a more informal session.  The Q&A session normally lasts no more than 60 minutes.

Can my partner / family watch too?2021-03-30T12:05:30+00:00

Yes.  We know that you will find our Online Experience to be powerful and thought provoking.  So we are happy for you and your family to login from a single device, share a screen and discover our history together. We guarantee that the Experience will give you lots to talk about afterwards.

If you have a large group of people who wish to participate from separate locations please contact us and we will try to arrange a private Experience bespoke to the interests of your group and at a time that suits you.

Is the Experience available as a recording?2020-12-28T14:09:49+00:00

No, the Experience is not available as a recording, and we ask that our guests do not record to allow us to protect the content.

What is the refund policy?2021-03-30T12:04:33+00:00

Due to the limited numbers on each Experience, refunds are not available. But if you give us at least 24 hours notice we will offer you a credit for a future Experience date instead.

How does the Q&A session work?2021-03-30T12:03:57+00:00

Feel free to ask questions during the presentation through the Q&A and Chat functions. You can also upvote other guests’ questions if you find them interesting.  At the end of the presentation we will answer as many questions as we can to give you unique insights into everything and anything related to the Troubles and our lives, just like we do on our real-life walking tours!

What do I do if I can’t login?2020-12-28T14:11:24+00:00

If you have any problem joining the Experience please contact us at cu@deadcentretours.com or call us on +44(0)7716949460 and we will do our best to fix any issues quickly.


Get in touch

If you want to discuss a bespoke online experience with Paul Donnelly for a school, university or private group or if you have any questions at all, please get in touch.  If you want a bespoke experience, just let us know your preferred date, start time, group size and any ideas you’d like us to include – we will get back to you with a custom-designed proposal and a price.

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