About Your Tour Guides
Your tour guide is Chris Thackaberry, a native of Dublin City. His protestant working class roots has given him an unique insight and knowledge of the social history of the protestant community of Dublin.
His passion and love of Irish history, specially the History of the orange order in Dublin from the earliest Willianite society (Alder men of Skinners Ally) to the Orange Order in the City in 2012.
He held the office of Hon. Secretary Manager to the Dublin Conservative Club, 2006-2008 were he worked on reorganising the historical records of the club, he's currently studying in Belfast. Author of " Dublin Loyal In Behind Enemy Lines" which documents the lives of the Unionist minority living in Dublin after the Anglo Irish Treaty of 1921 which will be released to coincide with the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant, 28 th Sep 2012.
His motto for DUBLIN LOYAL GUIDED WORKING TOURS is the words of (Burke)
Read more about your tour guide Chris in this online interview from 2011 in the Irish Examiner
Derek Martin Reid
Derek was born in the Dublin working class suburb of Finglas. Growing up he attended St. Canice's Church of Ireland and the Parochial School. He joined the Irish Guards aged 16 and served in the Gulf, Germany, Bosnia and UK. During a spell in Kenya, he undertook a trip across South Africa to visit all the major sites of the Irish regiments who had fought in the Boer War.
He now works as a History Teacher and is working on a project to highlight the roles of Protestants in Irish revolutions. He is a member of the Dublin/Wicklow 1303 Loyal Orange Lodge and the Dublin Branch of the Royal British Legion.
A married man with four children, his particular areas of interest in Irish History relate to the protestant history of the Irish working class, Wolfe Tone and the 1798 rebellion, the Williamite Wars, the development of Dublin after 1690 and the its Georgian landscapes. He is also very interested in developing awareness of the history of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and its protestant roots.
He is also a lifelong Linfield and Rangers supporter.
Historical Topics Covered
- * The first Royal Charter under Henry II, "birth of a City"
- * Gaelic order & plantation of Ulster
- * Williamite Trail through Dublin
- * Protestant Restoration and Georgian Dublin
- * 1798 Rebellion and the Scots Irish in America
- * Post Famine Emigration
- * 1912 Ulster Covenant / 1916 Rebellion "City & Citizen"
- * The Irish State in Europe
- * Good Friday Agreement 1998
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DUBLIN LOYAL TOUR IS UNSURPASSED
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