William “Plum” Smith – Untold Story

Today members of Dalaradia visited the exhibition the “Untold Story” which celebrated the life of our friend and comrade William “plum” Smith.

The exhibition opened with very moving speeches by family, friends and comrades of William.

On show was some of Williams personal memorabilia which chronicled his life as an ordinary working class Protestant family man who went on to become a Red Hand Commando Loyalist prisoner of war, peace maker and to author.

William chaired, opened and who along with others, played a pivotal role in the Loyalist ceasefires in 1994.

The exhibition is on display until 15:00 today at 178-180 Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 2BH.

We highly recommend it. If we don’t tell our our stories? Who will?

Lest we forget

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Cancelled

Unfortunately the event this evening at the McDonald Centre with Tony Novosel has been cancelled and will be re rescheduled. A new date will be confirmed ASAP.

We can only apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to see you at the next one.

Congratulations

Congratulations to the returning workers.
 
Members of Dalaradia and REACH  attended a protest amid administration fears for Harland and Wolff and it’s many staff, most of whom working class people from all over Belfast and some who have worked for the company for 30 years.
 
The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.
 
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Event 3/10/2019

Ulster Day

Happy Ulster day folks.

Ulster’s Solemn League and Covenant, commonly known as the Ulster Covenant, was signed on and before 28 September 1912. The signatories, 471,414 in all were in protest against the Third Home Rule Bill introduced by the British Government in the same year. Sir Edward Carson was the first person to sign the Covenant during a carefully choreographed ceremony at Belfast’s City Hall. Carson marched in military procession toward the hall, behind a flag said to have been carried by King William III’s troops at the Battle of the Boyne.

In the grand entrance he leaned over a circular table, tightly draped in the Union Flag and signed with a silver pen, followed by Lord Londonderry (the former viceroy of Ireland), representatives of the Protestant churches, then by Sir James Craig before the throngs waiting outside were ushered in, 500 at a time, until the doors were closed near midnight.

Women added their names to a separate declaration pledging to associate themselves with the men of Ulster.

We, their descendants, just as they were, are duty bound to defend our country and its people from any perceived threat to our way of life.

We know the war prepared
On ever peaceful home
We know the hells prepared
For such as serve not Rome
The terror, threats, and bread
In market, hearth, and field –
We know, when all is said,
We perish if we yield.

William Smith – Untold Story event

“Untold Story” will be returning on Saturday 5th October at 10-3pm. It celebrates the life of our friend and comrade William “Plum” Smith.

On show will be some of Williams personal memorabilia which chronicled his life as an ordinary working class Protestant family man who went on to become a Red Hand Commando Loyalist prisoner of war, peace maker and to author.

The exhibition is in celebration of 25 years of Peace. They will have never seen before historical documents on display including behind the scenes negotiations. Full itinerary will be updated next week.

We highly recommend it and everyone is welcome! Lest we forget

Ballygowan Historical Society

This Saturday evening our friends in the Ballygowan Historical Society are hosting a night of Loyalist culture in Co Down Village of Ballygowan.

All are most welcome.

Ballygowan True Blues Flute Band parade

This Friday night our friends in the Ballygowan True Blues Flute Band are hosting their annual parade through the Co Down Village of Ballygowan.

The host band will start the night off by parading the route. The main parade will begin around 7:30pm from the Village Hall taking the following route:

Village Hall
Belfast Road
Prospect Road
Oakdale
Meadow Way
Saintfield Road
Roundabout
Victoria Square
Belfast Road

All are most welcome.

Ian Adamson Inaugural Annual Event

Yesterday evening our group hosted the “Ian Adamson Inaugural Annual Event” at Stormont Hotel, Belfast.

Dr Ian Adamson OBE was formerly our Patron before his untimley death.

The event, themed “Better Together”, aimed to discuss why we are better remaining in the Union with an insight into Ireland re-joining the Commonwealth and how that may transform relationships within the British Isles. We sought to stimulate a mature and meaningful discussion on the way forward for Northern Ireland post Brexit and on the lead up to the centenary of Northern Irelands foundation.

The event had speakers from a Trade Union, Dail Eireann and University background, the chair was a key facilitator of dialogue at the time of the Good Friday Agreement. The invited audience was drawn from civic society, ex Loyalist and Republican combatants, Academia and Community Activists amongst others.

During the evening we sought to remind people in attendance the importance of Dr Adamson’s message of promoting a cultural narrative for the British Isles to which all can belong. That we have a common identity which begins by knowing the first known name of these islands – The Isles of Pretani-and the first known name of the people – the Pretani. As language changed within the islands the Pretani would become known as the Cruthin in the island of Ireland, and in Britain the Pretani would be referred to as PRYDAIN.

Within the audience it was recognised that there was a need to ensure cultural knowledge which would remove ‘cultural confusion’. This would provide much needed stability for Northern Ireland as it navigates its way forward through Brexit and the decade of centenaries including the foundation of Northern Ireland.

Many thanks to all for attending, Dalaradia Group.

H&W Protest

Members of Dalaradia and REACH will be attending a protest tomorrow at 12 noon amid administration fears for Harland and Wolff and it’s many staff, most of whom working class people from all over Belfast and some who have worked for the company for 30 years.

A mini bus will be available from the REACH office, Newtownards Road at 11:45 for anyone who requires transport.

Harland and Wolff, founded in 11th April 1861 (158 years ago), has constructed over 1,700 vessels, having once had yards in Scotland and London as well as Belfast. One of the most famous being the Titanic.

Their famous cranes viewable all over Belfast are also known throughout the world. Although not officially classed as wonders of the world, the two massive gantry cranes serve one of the world’s largest serviced Building Docks, are certainly masterpieces of engineering.

The new Prime Minister Boris Johnson will this week make his first visit to Northern Ireland. We call on him and his government to nationalise Harland and Wolff and cooperate with the workers on securing a future for the yard, it’s staff and future generations. It not only effects them, but local suppliers and the general local economy.

Everyone welcome – help us to help ourselves!

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/business/harland-and-wolff-workers-in-protest-at-under-threat-shipyard-1-9015011