Date of Unveiling. – 23rd April 2022
Unveiled by – Councillor Graham Warke, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, with Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin, Pat MacCafferty and Oonagh MacCafferty.
Location – 25 Francis Street, Derry City.
Plaque funded by – Derry City & Strabane District Council.
Date of unveiling – 26th March 2022.
Unveiled by – TD Heather Humphreys, Minister for Social Protection and Rural and Community Development.
Location – Killeshandra Church of Ireland, Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. HI2 K6F6.
Plaque funded by – Ulster-Scots Agency.
Name – Redmond Friel (1907-1979)
Composer, Arranger, Church Musician
Date of unveiling – 19th February 2022.
Unveiled by – Alderman Graham Warke, Mayor of Derry City& Strabane District Council, Phil Coulter and Mary Nicell, daughter of Redmond Friel.
Location – Chapel Road Primary School, Knockdara Park, Waterside, Londonderry/Derry, BT47 2BD.
Plaque funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council.
Photographs from the Martha Craig plaque unveiling
Photos – left to right
- Gordon McDowell, great, great nephew of Martha Craig unveils the blue plaque.
- Gordon McDowell with the extended families of the explorer.
- l.r. Dr. Peter Collins, UHC, Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle, Dr. David Hume, MBE who nominated Martha Craig for the blue plaque and Gordon McDowell, Martha’s great, great nephew.
- l.r. David Hume, Nevin Taggart, Gordon McDowell, Sandra McDowell, proprietor of the Dairy, Gleno, and Chris Spurr.
- l.r. Cynthia Paulding from New York, Leslie McKeague, Co. Cavan, UHC, Peter Collins, Chris Spurr, David Hume, Gordon McDowell, and Tim Clifford of Abbeydene House.
- Matthew Warwick, Ulster-Scots Community Network, reads in Ulster-Scots dialect, the poem which he penned for the occasion.
- Dr. David Hume MBE – committee member of the Ulster History Circle, speaks to the small gathering of guests.
- Gordon McDowell, great, great nephew of Martha Craig recalls his memories (as a small boy) of Martha Craig living in Gleno.
Martha Craig (1866-1950)
Date of Unveiling – 21st October 2021.
Location – The Dairy, 5 Waterfall Road, Gleno, Co.Antrim BT40 3LE
Funded by – Ulster-Scots Agency.
Unveiled by – Gordon McDowell, great, great nephew.
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Professor Frank Pantridge 1916-2004, Cardiologist. – ‘The Father of Emergency Medicine’.
Date of unveiling – 29th September 2021.
Location – Adjacent to main entrance doors at Royal Victoria Hospital, Grosvenor Road, Belfast.
Plaque unveiling by – Lady Mary Peters. LG.
Plaque supported by – Belfast City Council.
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Click here to see Professor Frank Pantridge’s entry in the Dictionary of Ulster Biography
1878 – 1971
Lilian Bland was born in Kent, and at the age of twenty-eight came to live at Tobercorran House, the family home in Carnmoney, near Belfast. By this stage she had earned a reputation as a press photographer and sports writer. Her aspirations were fired by the achievements of the Wright brothers in the USA and she began to construct a bi-plane glider, and was the first woman in the British Isles, possibly in the world, to design, build and fly her own plane.
She named the plane ‘Mayfly’ with deliberate irony. The ‘Mayfly’ did fly, and she fitted an engine by A. V. Roe & Co. This modified craft flew successfully in 1910. It is said that her father’s offer of a car diverted her attention to running a motor agency. In 1912 she emigrated to Canada, married a cousin and carved out a farm on virgin land. At the age of ninety-three the Belfast Telegraph quoted her as saying that the only excitement left to her was gambling.
Mayfly was presented to the Dublin Flying club.
Location of plaque: Tobercorran House, Glebe Road West, Carnmoney
Date of Unveiling: 20 May 1997
Date of Unveiling – 6th March 2020
Location – St. Paul’s Parish Church, Main Street. Garvagh. Co. Londonderry-Derry, BT51.
Funded by – Garvagh Women’s Institute.
Unveiled by – Miss Joanna Clark, great niece.
Sir Samuel Davidson (I846-I921)
Date of unveiling – 27th February 2020.
Location – First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast BTI IQB (Adjacent Church Hall Wall)
Funded by – Ulster-Scots Agency.
Unveiled by – David Bleakley, great grandson.