John SpaffordUnited States
Gerard was unbelievably knowledgeable on his topic, so much so that there was no way he could get in all of the information he wanted to impart in the time allotted. I would suggest that Gerard either schedule a longer time for his tour or cut down on the amount of the information he shares, although that would be too bad. We would have liked to have seen more of Belfast since much of the "tour" was Gerard sitting in the backseat educating us and we would have liked to have been able to ask more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John Thank you for your brilliant 5 star review and yes l was thinking of offering a longer tour to accommodate people like yourself. Thanks Gerard
Scott McGilberryUnited States
Gerard was an excellent tour guide! He went to great effort to present the political and cultural environment from multiple perspectives. If you want to hear the truth about what life has been like during the conflict in Belfast, Gerard is your guide! He brought places to life and had pictures and video to provide historical context to things that have changed in recent decades. He arrived promptly to pick us up and dropped us at his favorite fish and chip shop when asked for a lunch recommendation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Scott I love showing tourist our changing city
Patricia T.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you 5 stars delighted
Rodger B.Lafayette, CA, United States
Beverly SantilliUnited States
This was not a warm, fuzzy tour. We knew this beforehand. I wanted my 17 yo grandson to get a first hand insight into the Irish "troubles". And this tour lived up to my expectation. Gerard worked hard to give a balanced account of what he has lived through. We were left with a strong sense of hope for the future of North Ireland. I recommend this tour for anyone who wants to get a good sense of some of Northern Ireland's history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Beverly, Thank you for your kind words; it was a pleasure meeting you, guys, and yes, the day was lovely, showing you our wonderful city. Enjoy the rest of your exciting trip and hope to see when you are back to Belfast!
Ian BernsteinUnited States
What a learning experience! Touring through Belfast, witnessing the murals and hearing about their history was truly different than anything we had ever done before. Gerard was very knowledgeable and willing to spend as much time with us as necessary. His own personal family experiences having grown up in the turmoil made the experience even more touching.
Rhonda SaundersUnited States
Educational and emotional presentation regarding the political history of Belfast. Gerard is an amazing guide who has a wealth of knowledge about this subject. Would recommend Gerard and this tour to anyone who wants real insight into the decades long conflict from both sides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Brilliant review thank you
Linda ButtsUnited States
Very well documented; very interesting; very balanced. Excellent tour.
Phillip HowardUnited States
Gerard gave us a wonderful history lesson about Northern Ireland not only his knowledge, but with many photos and historical articles. Took us to see many of the murals and brought them to "life" with his commentary. Highly recommend a tour with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Brilliant view thanks Cindy & Philp
Stefanie N.United States
Anyone going to Belfast should take this excellent tour. Having experienced The Troubles firsthand, Gerard understands the historical context well and did a great job helping us understand it with his personal photographs. Our family highly recommends this tour. We only had a day and had trouble deciding between this tour and the Giant's Causeway visit. We are so glad we chose to see the murals with Gerard and feel we now have a good understanding of the past, present, and future of Northern Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you folks I hope you enjoy the books. Thanks Gerard
Cathy SnyderUnited States
SO knowledgable, friendly and provided us with a first-rate tour. Gerard made sure he discussed the background and history of everything he showed us. We came away with a fantastic understanding and appreciation of what the people of Belfast had undergone. Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Gerard and the mural tour. PLEASE make sure you get a reputable guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cathy Thank you for this 5 star rating.
Lisa HargissUnited States
This tour was amazing. Gerard has such a deep knowledge of the troubles and presents the information giving both sides respect. He is passionate and positive about the peace process and the future of Belfast. He lived through The Troubles as a small boy; his knowledge is personal and full of color. His photographs of that time period were so helpful in showing the time period. He was very accommodating and took us to places that were not on the regular tourist track - we had an amazing time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your CD was brilliant girls :-) Thank you for the excellent review
Kathleen McDonnellUnited States
Great tour. Gerald's knowledge of Belfast is amazing. He went out of his way to provide great customer service while giving a very inspirational, thought provoking tour. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I would highly recommend Gerald and this tour to anyone visting Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathleen A day to remember for me as well.
Steve PenningtonUnited States
Gerard's tour was teriffic. He gave us a great deal of history on the "troubles" in Ireland. It was set in the proper historical context. The details with his own picture album, mural tour, and on site comentary was very good. Would highly recommend Gerard for those "really" interested in this period of Irish history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steve,Michael from The Hudson bar says thanks also. You and the gang are always welcome in our changing Belfast,
Lynne KolpUnited States
Gerard was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and gained a much better understanding of The Troubles. He helped us underrstand the history and the depth of the conflict as well as the progress, peace process, and hope for the future. I would strongly recommend his tour to anyone visiting Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lynne I also enjoyed promoting our changing city. Gerard