Ambrose Ricardo. (1866-1923)
Date:- 22nd August 2019.
Location – Sion Stables, 120a Melmount Road, Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, BT82 9ET
Plaque unveiled by – Celia Ferguson (formerly Herdman), great-niece.
Funded By – Derry City and Strabane District Council.
- A young Ambrose Ricardo watching the cricket in Sion Mills.
- Chris Spurr, Chairman Ulster History Circle with Celia Ferguson (formerly Herdman) the great niece of Ambrose Ricardo.
- Oliver Breen, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Association with Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle.
- Chris Spurr, welcomes guests to the ceremony from the pulpit of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Sion Mills. The church which Ambrose Ricardo instigated to be built in 1909.
- Dr. Peter Collins, Senior History lecturer, St. Mary’s College, Belfast speaks of the Londonderry Feis and the Ricardo/Herdman families.
- Tony Herdman, great nephew of Ambrose Richardo sings Percy French – ‘The Emigrant’s Letter’, accompanied by guitarist Patrick Bonar from Burtonport, Co. Donegal.
- Celia Ferguson unveiling the blue plaque, with Councillor Michaela Boyle, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, sponsor of the plaque.
- Celia Ferguson with colleagues from the Sion Mills Buildings Preservation Trust.
- Celia Ferguson with Col. David Twigg, Major Jack Dunlop and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Association.
- Celia Ferguson with friends and family including her brother Tony, friends from Australia, the Fraynes, cousins, the Shackletons and McFerrans