Clean up

A big well done to the 18th Newtownabbey 2008s, a team Dalaradia sponsors, for their local cleanup.

A community cleanup brings volunteers together to clean, repair, and improve public spaces or other areas that have been neglected, vandalized, or misused. Well done guys!

https://www.newtownabbeytoday.co.uk/news/club-conducts-litter-pick-up-at-beach-1-8318267

Workshop on Ulster Scots

Dalaradia were delighted to host a discussion workshop on Ulster Scots, Ulster Gaelic and Ullans language, culture and traditions at the Reach UK office.

The event was chaired by Dalaradia Patron Dr Ian Adamson OBE with Helen Brooker of Pretani Associates.

Guest speaker was the Professor Emeritus Wesley Hutchinson, Honorary President of Europe’s largest Irish Affairs body, the Societe Francaise d’Etude Irlandaise.

Professor Hutchinson is the senior academic of Irish affairs at the world renowned Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris.

His global perspective on minority languages was most helpful in celebrating culture without allowing it to be used as a political weapon.

His work with Dalaradia and Reach UK will feature in his forth coming book examining the Ulster Scots people and space throughout history.

Happy new year

A GUID New Year tae yin and a’; and mony may ye see; And during a’ the year tae come, O Happy may ye be.

https://www.facebook.com/dalaradiagroup/videos/1557979844284573/

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas friends/comrades

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Proud Sponsors

Dalaradia are proud to announce we are now Sponsors of a local childrens football team, 18th Newtownabbey 2008s based in Monkstown.

 

 

 

 

Monkstown was originally called Ballynamanagh/Ballymanock/Baile na Manach, meaning ‘townland of the monks’.

Fergus Mor Mac Erc – king of the Gaelic kingdom of Dalriada and an ancestor of our British Royal Family– is reputed to be buried in the ancient Monkstown Cemetery. Unfortunately there is nothing there to mark the spot. He left his home in north Antrim and colonised Argyll and Kintyre. He became the first king of Scottish Dalriada, uniting Scotland and Ireland. It is often said he was the fabled founder of Scotland.

We wish the guys all the very best for the future.

Lest we forget

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.

Unveiling of a mural

Today members of Dalaradia attended the unveiling of a mural at Glenwood Street off the Shankill Road in memory of three key figures in the peace process. One figure being our friend and comrade William “Plum” Smith, alongside Augustus “Gusty” Spence and David “Davy” Irvine.

A fitting tribute to men who gave their all to their country, not for glory nor riches, but for their people.

We are duty bound to carry on their great work and legacy. It is not enough to just win a war; it is more important to organise and maintain the peace.

 

Honour Service Sacrifice

Time of reflection

This morning some members of Dalaradia visited graves of our former friends and comrades at a time of reflection in the run up to Remembrance Sunday. When we come together to reflect, let’s remember our duty to educate future generations of our forebears’ sacrifices.

Honour – Service – Sacrifice

N.Williamson
L.Orr
S.Wasson

and our dear friend R. Warnock

Those old £1 coins

Still have those old £1 coins and nowhere to spend them?

The Royal British Legion will be happy to accept the old £1 coin throughout the Poppy Appeal right up to Remembrance Sunday.

By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

African orphans benefit from LCC volunteers

http://www.carrickfergustimes.co.uk/news/african-orphans-benefit-from-lcc-volunteers-1-8235268

A Carrick man has spoken of his involvement in a project assisting staff at an orphanage in Africa and the personal development he experienced.

The LCC team of volunteers pictured with David Campbell (LCC Chairman) and Bob Thompson.

Robert (Bertie) McWilliams has returned from Tanzania after spending a month there as part of a Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) delegation.

Bertie was one of eight volunteers from across Northern Ireland who travelled to the east African country under the stewardship of project leader, Bob Thompson.

The group spent four weeks working with the Kidzcare orphanage and schools in Tanzania from September 17. The purpose of the project was to promote team building within different loyalist communities, offer international work experience and personal development and to expose the volunteers to different cultures, religions and challenges, while at the same time benefitting the children of the orphanage. The aim was to make a difference both at home and in Africa.

Ahead of their departure, Bertie was unsure how his special diabetic dietary requirements were going to be met in Africa. He also questioned his participation in the project as he knew he would miss his six-year-old daughter a lot.

Bertie, who works as a window fitter/joiner, was able to use his skills in Africa to carry out maintenance at the orphanage.

Commenting on the duties he performed in Tanzania and his interaction with the orphans, the east Antrim man said: “Straight away we got stuck into general maintenance work around the orphanage and whilst doing that we met the beautiful kids that stayed there.

“All our hearts were touched as these kids really have nothing and they are the most happy and friendly wee kids I have ever met. We soon learned that these kids are very much the lucky ones compared to others, as they have a safe life and love at the orphanage and without the staff they would be desolate and abandoned.

“Listening to their individual life stories would melt the hardest heart. My thoughts went back to my own daughter and I realised just how well-off she is compared to these kids.”

Although most of their time was spent carrying out work around the orphanage, the LCC volunteers were able to experience African culture on a rare day off.

Bertie explained: “We spent our day off by having a beach day with the kids.

“We had a fantastic time enjoying the beach, the warm Indian Ocean and most of all having fun with the kids. The trip home on the bus was amazing with the kids entertaining us with selection of Swahili songs.”

On his return, Bertie, who said he would be keen to volunteer in Africa again, said: “I learned to respect a lot of things back home, such as hot water, food and family. Everyone realised just how well off we are back home and none of us will take things for granted again.

“We went to Africa as strangers and returned as a family of the LCC and we will support each other from now on. I now see things very differently and I am so glad I got the opportunity to do it.”

Bertie would like to thank everyone for their support, the sponsors, the LCC and its chairman David Campbell for the idea and Bob Thompson the project leader for putting it all together.

For more information about the orphanage and the project, check out www.kidzcaretanzania.org