Lest we forget

Hear the measured beat of Ulstermen marching,
Through the green fields and streets of the towns,
Called up to arms by bold Edward Carson,
To stand for the Red Hand and Crown.

These were the seed of mighty CuChulainn,
These were the sons of Congal Claen,
Determined that Gaels and Rome should not rule them,
And England if need be withstand.

Those were the days of Ulsters defiance,
Those were the days of passion and strife,
Those were the days when England denied us,
And Ulster stood for her life.

The call came for war and the volunteers answered,
The 36th was formed in 1914,
To fight the German Kaiser instead of faithless England,
And maintain their birth right and King.

They marched into hell nearly two years onward,
The first day of July on a bright summer morn,
Aloft against blue skies they bore the Ulster Standard,
Down the Bloody Road to the Somme.

These were the men of Tyrone, Londonderry,
Monaghan and Cavan, Down and Donegal,
The men of Armagh, of Antrim and Fermanagh,
Who walked the Bloody Road to the Somme.

They faced the deadly hail from canons and machine guns,
Through the bursting shells and hell of no-mans-land,
Triumphantly they yelled the cry of No Surrender,
And fought the Kaisers troops hand to hand.

Three miles they struck through enemy defences,
In the greatest charge of that European war,
Like a mighty wave they swarmed the German trenches,
Over fallen dead and barbed wire.

Then they were cut off with no one to support them,
They were mowed down by fire from three sides,
Bravely they fell like leaves in the autumn,
Death reaped the bitter harvest of their lives.

When the battle ceased a young man was heard crying,
Bleeding from a wound were the bullet creased his head,
There amid the maimed the pleading and the dying,
He held the broken body of his friend.

As the red sun sets, smoke drifted o’er the trenches,
These bewildered men trudged back along the way,
The carnage it was great, the slaughter it was senseless,
Five thousand Ulster Sons feel that day.

Here was a time of mourning and of sorrow,
All along the line they gathered up their dead,
Here was a time of yearning for the morrow,
Here was a time when Ulster bled.

The land was filled with grief when news broke of the slaughter,
Thick like black heavy clouds, it hung o’er croughnays brow,
The telegrams they came to mothers, wives, and daughters,
And like warm falling rain the tears poured down.

We count the bloody cost they paid for Ulsters freedom,
We cherish memories of those who died so young,
With passing of the years we will not forget them,
Who walked the Bloody Road to the Somme.

As long as earth revolves upon its axis turning,
And day sleeps in the dark and wakens with the dawn,
As long as sun goes down and rises in the morning,
We will remember the Somme.

We will remember the Somme.

Yes, we will remember the Somme.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Lest we forget.

A united community.

There is nothing stronger than a united community.

It was our pleasure to do our small bit to help and hopefully the school can secure much needed funding going forward.

Last year we brought you the story of a school in Newtownabbey which was in such a state of disrepair that its principal warned it wasn't fit for purpose. Now parts of Rathcoole primary school have been transformed and it's all down to work by parents, donations and offers of help from the local community/.

Posted by BBC Newsline on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Happy birthday

Happy heavenly birthday to our greatly missed patron Dr Ian Adamson.

Always on our mind, forever in our hearts.

Lest we forget.

Well done

A big well done to the RATH. Community Group (a sub group of Dalaradia) on securing their own office in the Rathcoole estate.

Still in their infancy and already hitting the ground running.

In loving memory

A big thank you to the East Belfast Protestant Boys for their annual wreath laying at a memorial garden we hold dear in the Rathcoole estate.

They are a credit to the band scene. Lest we forget.

Open day

RATH Community Group, public meeting

Yesterday evening members of Dalaradia attended a public meeting in the Dunanney Centre facilitated by a new community group in Rathcoole, the RATH. Community Group.

RATH is a sub group of Dalaradia and is in its infancy and merely a few months old. Various members of the local community attended with a lot of issues discussed including the groups aims and ambitions along with concerns from the wider community.

A big thank you must go to Robert Foster of the UUP and Dean McCullough of the DUP who attended as guest speakers. Also thank you to Adree Wallace for speaking on the night explaining the aims of the Fuse project, a facilitator of the RATH group.

Other groups in attendance was Rathcoole Regeneration, Newtownabbey PSNI policing team, Listening Ear and Funkykidsworkshop.

Thank you to everyone who attended and we will continue to try make a positive impact in our community. A big well done to the RATH committee, they are a credit to their community and hopefully this will be the start of great things to come for Rathcoole.

Ulster Workers Strike (UWC)

On Saturday 11th May 2019 members of Dalaradia attended a talk on the Ulster Workers Strike (UWC) at the Somme Heritage Centre, Bangor in the run up to the strikes 45th Anniversary.

A great paper by Aaron Edwards, delivered on behalf of the Messines group with some really insightful stories and a great discussion from the panel including Jim Wilson of REACH.

‘D’ Company Annual Memorial parade

Yesterday 11th May, Dalaradia attended the Red Hand Comrades Association ‘D’ Company Annual Memorial parade.

The parade formed up at Drumhirk Drive and proceeded to the unique memorial garden at Owenroe Drive for a short service.

Afterwards there was entertainment in the Kilcooley Community Centre.

The patriots blood is the seed of freedoms tree.

Honor, Service, Sacrifice – Lest We Forget

William Savage Memorial

This Friday 10th May evening our friends in the William Savage Memorial (Toye Flute Band) are hosting thier annual parade through the Co Down Village of Killyleagh.

The parade will begin at 7:30pm from Killyleagh Orange Hall and will take the following route through the Village:

Killyleagh Orange Hall
Frederick Street
Cross Street
Shore Street
Irish Street
Catherine Street
High Street
Frederick Street
Killyleagh Orange Hall

All welcome.