Sir John Lavery plaque unveiling

Sir John Lavery plaque unveiling

Date 4th December 2019.

Location – St. Patrick’s Presbytery, 199 Donegall Street. Belfast. BT1 2FL.
Unveiled by – Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Peter McReynolds.

Funded by – Belfast City Council.

Photographs from the Plaque unveiling ceremony

Photographs left to right:-

  1. Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter McReynolds with American Consul General, Belfast, Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau.
  2. Guests gather in Donegall Street, Belfast
  3. Deputy Lord Mayor unveils the blue plaque.
  4. Chris Spurr, Chairman Ulster History Circle.
  5. The extended families of Sir John Lavery with Chris Spurr, Chairman, Ulster History Circle, Father Eugene O’Neill, administrator of St. Patrick’s Church and the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter McReynolds.
  6. Father Eugene O’Neill.
  7. The Senior Strings from St. Malachy’s College playing at the event.
  8. Denise Ferran, President of Royal Ulster Academy of Arts speaks about the life and paintings of Sir John Lavery, after the unveiling.

Sir Thomas Maclear plaque unveiling

Photographs from the Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Date of Plaque unveiling – Saturday November 9th, 2019
Location of plaque – Newtownstewart Centre 2000

Photographs – left to right

  1. Guests listening to the speeches at the Newtownstewart Centre 2000
  2. Paul Clements, Vice-chairman of the Ulster History Circle welcoming the guests 
  3. Joe McCormick, Chairman of the Centre
  4. Irene Spratt, Community Officer with the Ulster-Scots Agency, which funded the plaque to Sir Thomas Maclear
  5. Paul Maclear from Johannesburg and Amsterdam, great-great-great grandson of Thomas Maclear
  6. Paul Maclear unveiling the blue plaque
  7. After the unveiling, L>R, Joe McCormick, Chairman Newtownstewart Centre 2000; Mark Bailey, Emeritus Director, Armagh Observatory; Cassidy Maclear, great-great-great-great granddaughter; Paul Maclear, great-great-great grandson; Chris Spurr, Chairman, Ulster History Circle; Paul Clements, Vice-chairman, Ulster History Circle; Keelan Maclear, great-great-great-great grandson; Irene Spratt, Ulster-Scots Agency
  8. Mark Bailey giving a presentation on Sir Thomas Maclear
  9. Paul Maclear speaking about his distinguished ancestor
  10. Newtownstewart Centre 2000 and the plaque to Sir Thomas Maclear

 


Moira O’Neill plaque unveiling

Photographs from the Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Date of Plaque unveiling – 19th October 2019
Location of plaque – Old Church Heritage Centre, Cushendun, Co Antrim

 

 

Photographs – left to right

  1. Guests in the Old Church before the speeches
  2. Guests in the Old Church
  3. William Colvin, Chairman of the Cushendun Building Preservation Trust 
  4. Dr James Morrow speaking about Moira O’Neill 
  5. Jude McNeill and Tara McHugh Logan singing Moira O’Neill’s poem Sea Wrack
  6. Sally Phipps, Moira O’Neill’s granddaughter, and Chris Spurr, Chairman, Ulster History Circle
  7. Guests waiting outside the church for the unveiling
  8. Sally Phipps unveiling the plaque 
  9. Members of the Skrine and Keane families, relatives of Moira O’Neill 
  10. Guests at the unveiling
  11. Members of the Cushendun Building Trust Committee 
  12. Members of the Ulster History Circle at the unveiling 

 


R J Patterson plaque unveiling

Photographs from the Blue Plaque unveiling ceremony

Location of plaque:- The Mall Presbyterian Church, Armagh
Date of Plaque unveiling: 20th September 2019

Photographs Left to right

  1. Guests gathering for the unveiling of the Ulster History Circle plaque to R.J. Patterson at the Mall Presbyterian Church, Armagh
  2. The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Rt. Rev Dr William Henry and Lord Kilclooney
  3. Dr Myrtle Hill, Ulster History Circle; the Moderator, and Rev Peter Gamble, minister of the Mall Presbyterian Church
  4. Guests listening to the speeches
  5. Rev Gamble speaking
  6. The Moderator addressing the crowd
  7. The Moderator unveils the plaque
  8. The plaque to R.J. Patterson
  9. The Moderator, Rev Gamble, Myrtle Hill, the Lord Mayor and Billy Scott
  10. The Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Cllr. Mealla Campbell
  11. Historian Billy Scott speaking about R.J. Patterson in the church hall

 


Thomas Sinclair plaque unveiling

Photographs from the plaque unveiling

Photographs- Left to right

  1. The daughters of Col. Robin Charley and Derek Kinghan, descendants of Thomas Sinclair with Arlene Foster, MLA, First Minister.
  2. The First Minister unveils the Blue Plaque.
  3. A large audience of guests watch the unveiling.
  4. Chris Spurr, Chairman Ulster History Circle, Ian Crozier, CEO Ulster-Scots Agency, sponsors of the plaque, with the First Minister, Arlene Foster MLA.
  5. William Chambers from Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church talks with Ian Crozier and Arlene Foster.
  6. The Ulster History Circle with Ian Crozier and Arlene Foster MLA.

Ambrose Ricardo plaque unveiling

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.

  1. A young Ambrose Ricardo watching the cricket in Sion Mills.
  2. Chris Spurr, Chairman Ulster History Circle with Celia Ferguson (formerly Herdman) the great niece of Ambrose Ricardo.
  3. Oliver Breen, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Association with Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle.
  4. 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.
  5. Dr. Peter Collins, Senior History lecturer, St. Mary’s College, Belfast speaks of the Londonderry Feis and the Ricardo/Herdman families.
  6. Tony Herdman, great nephew of Ambrose Richardo sings Percy French – ‘The Emigrant’s Letter’, accompanied by guitarist Patrick Bonar from Burtonport, Co. Donegal.
  7. Celia Ferguson unveiling the blue plaque, with Councillor Michaela Boyle, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, sponsor of the plaque.
  8. Celia Ferguson with colleagues from the Sion Mills Buildings Preservation Trust.
  9. Celia Ferguson with Col. David Twigg, Major Jack Dunlop and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Association.
  10. Celia Ferguson with friends and family including her brother Tony, friends from Australia, the Fraynes, cousins, the Shackletons and McFerrans