Mar 31

Congratulations Tony

We would like to congratulate our friend, Pittsburgh University professor Tony Novosel on winning the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

 

 

The Chancellor’s letter pulled from all the endorsements Tony got from Northern Ireland including one from a Dalaradia member.

Tony is being honored for “the important impact that you have had on communities and students in Northern Ireland and on the ongoing peace process,” the chancellor’s letter states. “Through oral histories, presentations, writing, panel discussion, friendships and mentorships you have had a powerful positive impact on political factions, communities and students.”

 

He first visited Northern Ireland at the height of the conflict in 1973 and admits he knew very little about the causes of the war, but set about to study it. Since then, he has visited Northern Ireland more than 50 times and began researching his book, Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity: The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism, in 2006. Before carrying out his research, Novosel admits going into the project with a negative view of loyalism. “I thought of loyalism as nothing more than fascism,” he said. “To outsiders like me, they were Neanderthals. We thought of them as being similar to the Afrikaners in South Africa. This is very much a common opinion. For instance, I remember at the beginning of the project, a friend of mine asked me what I was researching. I replied ‘loyalist political thinking’. His immediate response back was, ‘do they think?’. That’s the general attitude that’s out there. However, when I started speaking to the people involved, I saw a very different picture. It’s something that’s difficult to take in at first.”

Well done Tony and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

http://www.history.pitt.edu/news/tony-novosel-wins-chancellors-distinguished-public-service-award

You can purchase his book here – http://booksplea.se/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=704034&google=GBP&gclid=CjwKEAjw_PfGBRDW_sutqMbQsmMSJAAMpUapVJtw14W2Ky909LvKpZVX4Whsa1DDTxCA-qvI4eqxUBoCfqnw_wcB

Feb 23

REACH Project Website Launch

The REACH Project, of which Dalaradia is associated with, has launched their new website.

http://www.reachproject.co.uk/

 

 

Please be advised more will be added to the site in the coming weeks/months.

The REACH (Renewing – Engaging – Advancing – Community – Hopes) Project Mission Statement

To deliver the hopes of the PUL Community. To help to understand their history and culture. To educate the young and the Elderly. To help our people to move on to a peaceful & brighter future for all the people of Northern Ireland
to work with others with confidence of our future

Feb 06

27/1/17 – Burns Supper

January 27th marked the groups annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns.

 

For more info please click the following – http://www.dalaradia.co.uk/?page_id=640

Jan 09

5/1/17 Drug awareness

On 5th January the Dalaradia community group attended a drug awareness night.   For more details please click the following – http://www.dalaradia.co.uk/?page_id=629

Oct 28

Dalaradia hosts President Michael D. Higgins

Yesterday the Dalaradia community group were delighted to host the visit of President Michael D. Higgins to Donegore.

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For more details please click the following – http://www.dalaradia.co.uk/?page_id=582

Oct 26

Ulster’s great poet, Sir Samuel Fergusons grave refurbishment

During the month of October our members worked to refurbish the grave of Ulster’s great poet, Sir Samuel Ferguson.

 

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Sir Samuel Ferguson was best known for his poems on the Red Ranch Knights and Congal Claen and came from Ulster Scots grandparents.

We twice cleaned the sandstone surround and metal railings around the grave as well as refurbishing the marble plaque. The pathway and steps to the grave has been power washed and treated to remove moss and staining.

We also removed the churches protective plate glass before cleaning the centuries old stain glass windows and replacing the glass as new. All windows in the church were professionally cleaned

A fitting tribute to a great Ulster scholar in this ancient St Johns Church in the middle of Dalaradia.

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Oct 26

Belfast Blitz exhibition and mural

The group attended the launch of the YRCD hall Belfast Blitz exhibition and mural.

For more information please click the following  – http://www.dalaradia.co.uk/?page_id=557

Sep 28

28th September 2016 – Flags Protocol

On 12th May 2016 the Loyalist Communities Council launched a Flags Protocol in recognition of important centenary events taking place this year in relation to the Battle of the Somme.

Its aim, to prevent our national emblems being left on display in a dilapidated state and asking that steps were taken to prevent this occurring.

 

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Dalaradia, as part of the LCC, would like to take this time thank everyone for the widespread support and for making this a successful initiative and showing respect and tolerance for others. We also ask that, as agreed, all remaining flags be taken down today, Ulster Day – 28th September 2016.

 

Flags and emblems are highly potent symbols of community allegiances and are important demonstrators of our Loyalist and Unionist heritage and culture.

Please treat them as such – many thanks.

Sep 16

The passing of Jim McCullough

The group would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the McCullough family on the sudden passing of our friend and comrade Jim McCullough.

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We owe our freedom to those men and women who have served their country and its interests in time of need. Not for glory, nor riches, but for their people.

Lest we forget – Lamh Dearg Abu

Aug 09

4/8/16 – Policing and Community

On the 4th August the group met with Superintendent Emma Bond, the Commander in charge of Antrim and Newtownabbey District Command Unit of the PSNI. For more details click the following link – http://www.dalaradia.co.uk/?page_id=537

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