Lest we forget

This morning some members of Dalaradia paid our respects to our fallen friends and comrades at a time of reflection on Remembrance Sunday.

The service was located at Dr Ian Adamsons lampost Dalaradia installed a few months ago. Ian spearheaded the Somme memorials to the 10th, 16th and 36th Divisions, being Vice Chair of the Somme Association and the lamppost’s position adjacent to the Somme Memorial Park on Shore Road is most appropriate.

The lamppost was lit by candle as we will each Remembrance Day as Dalaradia members lay wreaths to remember all those who perished in the World Wars.

Rathcoole Row on Row closing ceremony

Folks on behalf of RATH. Community Group/Dalaradia can we say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the closing of Rathcoole Row on Row today.

One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can achieve anything.

Many thanks to George Lunn of the Belfast City Mission for his beautiful religious service.

Many thanks to Danny Kinahan, the Northern Ireland’s first veterans commissioner for his reading.

Thanks to Francis Strain Bagpiping Services

Thanks to young Clarke for his poem reading.

Many thanks to Robert Foster and the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough council for their help.

A massive thank you to volunteers of RATH and Dalaradia for their tireless work. The harder work starts now!

More photos and a video of the event will be shared in the coming days. The garden is an open space and is available to members of the community to lay crosses until Thursday 12th November, please feel free to at any stage.

The main aim of the garden? You can read our initial announcement here – https://www.facebook.com/104568031425159/posts/109030924312203/?extid=0&d=n

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We remember

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
N.Anderson

and our dear friend R. Warnock

Rathcoole Primary School

Dalaradia/RATH. Community Group members had the pleasure of hosting some pupils of Rathcoole Primary School & Nursery Unit at Rathcoole Row on Row this morning.

Some children in attendance brought along some beautiful hand painted remembrance rocks they had created in school to lay alongside the poppy crosses. The children’s teacher Mrs Regan shared to them all about the importance of the memorial. A group of P5 children read a poem before having a a minutes silence.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the school for attending and we hope the children enjoyed it, they are a credit to the great work going on in the school.

Education is paramount to the future of our great country.

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World War fallen remembered in Rathcoole

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Rathcoole residents are being encouraged to pay their respects to those who perished during the World Wars at a new memorial project in the estate.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Jim Montgomery, attended the service in Rathcoole alongside party colleague, Cllr Robert Foster.

Rathcoole ‘Row on Row’ is a community project currently underway in the estate.

It has been organised by the RATH Community Group and members of Dalaradia to recognise the men and women who sacrificed their lives in World War One and World War Two.

Due to Government coronavirus restirstions, the Royal British Legion is calling on members of the public to assist their campaigns as the pandemic forces many veteran volunteers to stay at home.

A spokesperson for RATH said: “Many Remembrance services have been cancelled. It is our aim to offer a small space within the estate for people to lay crosses in someone’s memory.

“With the current regulations there won’t be any public service as of yet. When ready, we ask that people lay their cross while social distancing and not to congregate in numbers around the space in the interest of public safety.

“The garden is an open space and our aim is to have it available to members of the community to lay crosses for one week, closing on November 7 at 11am.

“Rathcoole is the second largest housing estate in Europe. It is a travesty our estate does not have a memorial garden in memory of the great men and women of the World Wars. We hope one can be built in the future.”

Rathcoole Row on Row opened on Sunday, November 1. It is located in Rathcoole Park on the field beside the play area.

Poppy boxes are available for members of the community who wish to lay a cross.

Rathcoole Row on Row opening

Folks on behalf of Dalaradia and the RATH. Community Group can we say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the opening of Rathcoole Row on Row today.

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

A special thank you to:
Whiteabbey Royal British Legion
Rathcoole Red Hand Comrades Association
Rathcoole Friends of the Somme
Jim Montgomery (Mayor)
Robert Foster (UUP)
Billy Hutchinson, (PUP)
Paul Hamill (DUP)
Gillian Simpson-Kelly (TUV)
Sons of Kai flute band
Rathcoole Protestant Boys
Cloughfern Young Conquerors
Cloughfern Young Conquerors old boys
Billy Boys Flute Band

Many thanks to The Rev Campbell Dixon MBE, a member of St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast for his beautiful religious service.

Thanks to Francis Strain Bagpiping Services

Thanks to young Louisa for her poem reading.

Many thanks to Robert Foster and the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough council for their help.

A special mention to our very own Nathan who couldn’t attend today due to illness. He was a forerunner in the event and deserves a lot of credit for which he won’t want publicly.

More photos and a video of the event will be shared in the coming days. The garden is an open space and is available to members of the community to lay crosses for one week, please feel free to at any stage.

Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much! Not for glory nor riches, but for our people. We hope to see you at the closing of the garden on November 7th at 11:00am.

The main aim of the garden? You can read our initial announcement here – https://www.facebook.com/104568031425159/posts/109030924312203/?extid=0&d=n

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Row on Row

Dalaradia in conjunction with the RATH. Community Group have organised a community project entitled Rathcoole Row on Row to recognise those men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

During these testing times the Royal British Legion is calling on members of the public to assist their campaigns as the pandemic forces many veteran volunteers to stay at home. Many remembrance services will unfortunately be cancelled and with this in mind our aim is to offer a small space within the estate for people to lay crosses in someone’s memory.

Rathcoole is the largest PUL estate in the United Kingdom and the second largest housing estate in Europe. It is a travesty our estate does not have a memorial garden in memory of the great men and women of the world wars and with this small step we hope to build on it in the near future in the hopes it lays the foundation for one to be built.

Just a reminder Rathcoole Row on Row will open on Sunday November 1st at 1pm (located in Rathcoole Park on the field beside the play area). The Rev Campbell Dixon MBE, a member of the clergy at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, will be delivering the religious service during our opening.

Pastor George Lunn of the Belfast City Mission will deliver a religious service during the closing of Row on Row on Saturday 7th at 11:00.

 

Rathcoole Friends of the Somme

Jim Montgomery (Lord Mayor)

Robert Foster (UUP)

Billy Hutchinson (PUP)

Paul Hamill (DUP)

Gillian Simpson-Kelly (TUV)

Sons of Kai flute band

Rathcoole Protestant Boys

Cloughfern Young Conquerors

Cloughfern Young Conquerors old boys

Billy Boys Flute Band

Community representatives

 

We have tried our utmost to involve as many as we possibly can being limited to 15 people within the designated area at one time. If however your group is interested please contact us direct, we would be more than happy to accommodate and can clear the area for a second wreath laying if required.

Poppy boxes will be available for members of the community who wish to lay a cross. During proceedings there will be a short religious service along with a piper. Current guidelines for a religious event limits us to 15 people within the immediate area, although this number is subject to change in the coming days and weeks and we will update the community accordingly.

That said the community can of course watch outside the area within the park and adjourning road as this is a public area open to anyone. We would ask however that you stick to the current social distancing guidelines. The garden is an open space and our aim is to have it available to members of the community to lay crosses for one week.

The main aim of the garden? You can read our initial announcement here – https://www.facebook.com/104568031425159/posts/109030924312203/?extid=0&d=n

We very much hope to see you all on November 1st and 7th.

Lest we forget

Broadcasters have a duty to reflect that our history is complicated… Unquiet Graves didn’t do that

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Trevor Ringland

Broadcasters have a duty to reflect that our history is complicated… Unquiet Graves didn’t do that

Trevor Ringland


RTE documentary Unquiet Graves gave a one-sided account of the past

RTE documentary Unquiet Graves gave a one-sided account of the past

“President Michael D Higgins suggests the British need to apologise for their past behaviour in Ireland. A better proposal would be for both governments to apologise for the atrocities committed supposedly in the interests of their national causes.

Perhaps naively, I thought we’d advanced beyond a caricature of history that portrayed one side as the wrongdoer. When the Queen visited Dublin, she set out a context through which to understand the past and build future relationships.

She said that, for all of us, “there were things we wish we had done differently, or not at all”. With these words, she opened up the opportunity to consign our hatreds to history, which is the best place for them, and avoid perpetuating them through our children.”

Loyalists call for ‘hard political decisions’ to remove paramilitarism from society

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/loyalists-call-for-hard-political-decisions-to-remove-paramilitarism-from-society-1.4368736?mode=amp

Any approach must ‘have the imprimatur of the governments in London, Dublin and Stormont’

Parliament Buildings in Stormont. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire
Parliament Buildings in Stormont. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

An organisation representing loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland has called on the Irish and British governments and the North’s Assembly to take the “hard political decisions” to remove paramilitarism from society.

The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC), which represents the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Red Hand Commando, met the Independent Reporting Commission (IRC) on Wednesday.

The IRC – which was set up by the Irish and UK governments and aims to bring an end to paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland – is due to release its next report in November.

“Hopefully out of the meeting today they [THE IRC]are seeing there is an urge and an interest within loyalism to move beyond paramilitarism, to move to a place where it can be helped and supported by governments,” said Jim Wilson of the Loyalist Communities Council.

Citing the example of the Red Hand Commando, which had a request to be de-proscribed – or legalised – rejected, Mr Wilson said that “at the minute there’s nothing for any group that wants to go down the road of removing it from the paramilitary scene … there’s no system that we would have where we could even see it starting and try and get to an endgame. Government needs to do that.”

Speaking to The Irish Times after the meeting, Winston Irvine of the Loyalist Communities Council said any approach needed to be “comprehensive” and must “have the imprimatur of the governments in London, Dublin and Stormont.

“If they want to fully civilianise Northern Ireland and remove the paramilitarism dynamic from society then there needs to be some big political decisions taken and there needs to be careful policy discussions within these [Loyalist] groupings,” he said.

But he warned that the organisations must be involved if the plans were to be successful. “Any top-down approach doesn’t work and won’t work,” he said.

Within the loyalist leadership, Mr Irvine said, there had been “ample evidence to suggest that those groupings are on a transformation and transitioning process.

“They want to see their communities free of paramilitary activity, they want to see a process that deals with the past, they want to see the socio-economic factors addressed,” he said.

“The loyalist intent I think is very clear and evident. They want to see a process under which all of the armed groups, the Provisional IRA included, can bring about a Northern Ireland without paramilitarism.”

However, he warned of a number of factors which he said must be recognised, including the uncertainty of Brexit and the marginalisation of loyalists, who he said had been “criminalised and demonised” whereas the narrative around the Provisional IRA had been “sanitised”.

This, he said, put the loyalist leadership under pressure from the grass roots when trying to achieve progress towards ending paramilitarism.

“If progress towards ending paramilitarism is going to be assessed, there needs to be an equitable approach,” he said.

This was particularly acute when addressing the challenge of bringing all of their membership with them, but said the Loyalist Communities Council’s assessment was that it had the capability to “take the critical mass forward.”

Dr Ian Adamson remembered by Rathcoole group on Ulster Day

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The gas light lamppost was donated by Ian Adamson and his business partner in Pretani Associates, Helen Brooker. Held under Covid restrictions, a small number of people attended the event in the People’s Peace Park on Belfast’s Shore Road.

A plaque and Victorian lamppost were unveiled in memory of the group’s Patron, the late Dr Ian Adamson OBE.

 

The gas light lamppost was donated by Ian Adamson and his business partner in Pretani Associates, Helen Brooker as a memento of the community work carried out between the Dalaradia group and Dr Adamson before his passing.

This Victorian gas light lamppost was refurbished at Patterson’s Spade Mill and by volunteers at The Hubb Community Centre which is Northern Ireland’s last remaining Civil Défense Hall from the Great War.

 

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “Dr Adamson spearheaded the Somme memorials to the 10th, 16th and 36th Divisions, being Vice Chair of the Somme Association and the lamppost’s position adjacent to the Somme Memorial Park on Shore Road is most appropriate.

 

“Dalaradia also remembered Dr Adamson’s life-long career as a children’s doctor in Belfast working tirelessly for the health and wellbeing of all and hope that the lamppost will serve as a beacon of light towards a brighter future as we struggle to come out of the global Covid pandemic and provide a quiet space for reflection for the local community as they take rest on the benches in the Peace Park.

 

“The lamppost will be lit by candle each Remembrance Day as Dalaradia members lay wreaths to remember all those who perished in the World Wars.”