Big E is the Belfast tour guide for Shamrocker Adventures, Ireland, one of Ireland's foremost bus tour specialists and perfect for those on a budget and wanting cheap bus tours of Ireland.
Here's an insight into the character of Big E, where he comes from and what to expect...
I was born in West Belfast in 1967 and lived there until 1994. I now live 15 miles outside Belfast in a village that would be regarded as a mixed region, where both Protestants / Unionists and Catholics / Nationalists live peacefully as neighbours and mix together very well socially.
This experience was entirely new to me, and I know that it was entirely new to almost all those who moved from Belfast, since we all were raised in either 100% protestant/unionist areas or 100% catholic/nationalist areas, and the only interaction between the divide was in the mixed city centre or at flashpoint regions, which was not very often in most peoples' lives.
Though we all have our own opinions, the time from 1994 has given me the opportunity to understand the opinion of those from the other side of the divide, and to discuss and debate with them and others the important issues of politics and history of our communities.
During this time I formed friendships and working relationships with people from the opposite divide, and today I work equally with members of both communities, which is something that we all thought would never happen.
This has been a truly worthwhile experience, and I believe that you will fully appreciate this fact during the tour, when I will impartially explain the complicated details of the local politics and history of our communities.
If you come to Belfast as a group and need more than one taxi, all cabs will travel together and the tour will be done for you as one group, and I guarantee you that the guides/drivers will be from both sides of the divide, each taking turns to explain the local politics and history of their own communities.
All drivers are experienced tour guides and have worked with me on the Belfast tours for the past 23 years.
Finally, although we have progressed far over these years, people in Belfast still do not reveal their religion or political viewpoints easily, and at this stage neither will I, but at the end of your tour I will answer truthfully any guess you wish to make! The fact is that most of my customers usually guess wrong!!