Photographs from the Dorothy Parke Plaque unveiling


St. Columb’s Hall, Derry City – plaque location.


Dorothy Parke


Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle, Councillor Sandra Duffy, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, and Dr. Nuala McAlister Hart, Ulster History Circle.


Willow McIntyre with her mother (left) and Ray McGinley


David Byers, Dorothy Byers, Nuala McAlister Hart, Alan Boyd and Philip Hammond.


Former pupil of Dorothy Parke, Joan Smyth from Ballyclare, Co. Antrim.



Guests gather outside St. Columb’s Hall.


Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle welcomes guests to the unveiling.


The Mayor addresses assembled guests.


l.r. Willow McIntyre, Nuala McAlister Hart, Chris Spurr, Councillor Sandra Duffy and Joan Smyth.


Willow McIntyre and Dr. Nuala McAlister Hart


Willow sings a Dorothy Parke composition, ‘Over the Hills and Far Away.


The Mayor with the Dorothy Parke plaque, sponsored by the Council.


The Mayor, Councillor Sandra Duffy and Joan Smyth unveil the blue plaque.


l.r. Jeanette Warke, Alderman Graham Warke, Mary Harley, Michael Harley, Dr. Eibhlin Mhic Aoidh-Ulster History Circle, and Kenneth Irvine, Ulster History Circle.


At the Tower Museum, Dr. Nuala McAlister Hart gave a power-point presentation on the blue plaque recipient, Dorothy Parke.


Former Mayor, Alderman Graham Warke with the present Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Councillor Sandra Duffy.


Philip Hammond with Nuala McAlister Hart.


Guests at the Tower Museum, Derry City.


Dorothy Parke (1904-1990)

Name – Dorothy Parke. (1904-1990)

Musician and Composer.

Date of unveiling – 15th February 2023.

Location – St. Columb’s Hall, Newmarket Street, Derry City. BT48 6EG.

Sponsor – Derry City & Strabane District Council

Unveiled by – Councillor Sandra Duffy, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, and Joan Smyth, former pupil of Dorothy Parke.

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Photographs from the William Starrat Plaque unveiling



Victorian Abercorn Square, Strabane, Co. Tyrone.


The William Starrat plaque on the Alley Theatre, Strabane.


Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle welcomes the Lord Lieutenant for County Tyrone, Robert L. Scott.


Trevor Wilson-Board Director-Ulster Scots with Chris Spurr.


Alderman Keith Kerrigan- Derry City and Strabane District Council, Robert L. Scott, Lord Lieutenant and Pol O’Frighill, Policy Officer/Irish and Ulster Scots-DC&SDC.


. Robert L. Scott and Dr. Wm. Roulston, Research Director-Ulster Historical Foundation.


The Lord Lieutenant with James Kee, Sollus Centre,Bready, Strabane, and Wendy Burnett-Alley Theatre.


Mervyn and Jean McKean, Longvale House, nr. Lifford, Co. Donegal with Dr.William Roulston-Ulster Historical Foundation.


Robert L. Scott, Lord Lieutenant for Co. Tyrone, Chris Spurr, Trevor Wilson and Alderman Keith Kerrigan.


Chris Spurr-Chairman Ulster History Circle welcomes guests.


Robert Lowry Scott- Lord Lieutenant.


Alderman Keith Kerrigan- S&DCDC.


Guests listen to Dr. William Roulston speaking on Wm. Starrat, the surveyor.


. Front-Derek Reaney-Ulster Scots, back-John Kerr-Alley Theatre and James Kee-Sollus Centre.


Alan Miller speaking on Wm. Starrat, the Ulster Scots poet. Guests heard poetry written some 300 years ago delivered in the Ulster-Scots tongue. Alan also read some of his poetry written in the dialect.


The Lord Lieutenant for Co. Tyrone, Robert L. Scott, unveils the Blue Plaque.


Robert L. Scott, Lord Lieutenant and Trevor Wilson-Ulster Scots Board member after the unveiling.


Staff and members of Derry City & Strabane District Council with the Lord Lieutenant and Trevor Wilson.


Dr. William Roulston, James Kee, Derek Reaney, Robert L. Scott, Trevor Wilson and Alan Miller.


The Lord Lieutenant with Jonny Dooher-Strabane, Chris Spurr,Chairman – Ulster History Circle, Leslie McKeague and Kenneth Irvine-Ulster History Circle.


Tim Clifford, treasurer-Ulster History Circle.


Wendy Burnett and Sylvia Kavanagh, Alley Theatre.


John Kerr, Alley Theatre being interviewed by Stephen from Northern






Photographs from the Thomas Mayne Reid Plaque unveiling

Thomas Mayne Reid


Dr. Alister Chestnut with the Minister of Drumgooland Presbyterian Church, Rev. Philip Cleland

Sean Barden, Curator of Armagh County Museum with Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle

Alister McReynolds, author and educationalist speaking on the life and times of Thomas Mayne Reid

James MacAuley, a descendant of the plaque recipient, giving some extended family reflections

Chris Spurr-Chairman Ulster History Circle

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Paul Greenfield

The Lord Mayor unveils the blue plaque watched by the MacAuley, Anson and Herron families

l.r. Rene and Tom Herron, the Lord Mayor, James MacAuley, Louise Anson James MacAuley with his father Mayne and sister Amy

Councillors from the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council together with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Paul Greenfield and the Council Heritage officers, Sean Barden and Jason Diamond


The Lord Mayor with pupils from the local Primary School who attended the event


Committee members of the Ulster History Circle, Brian McKeown, Dr Eibhlin Mhic Aoidh, Chris Spurr-Chairman and Tim Clifford together with the Lord Mayor

l.r. James MacAuley, Councillor Paul Greenfield LM, Chris Spurr, Alister McReynolds, Dr. Alister Chestnut and Mayne MacAuley

Beryl Cowan of ‘Good Companions’ and Jason Diamond, Council Heritage Officer at Banbridge

James MacAuley showing Chris Spurr-Chairman  Ulster History Circle the Mayne Reid family tree


Netta Jane Johnston Plaque unveiling event photographs

Netta Jane Nicholl Johnston – ‘The Lady Piper of Carnlough’
Members of the Carnlough Community Association and friends gather for the unveiling
Tim Clifford, treasurer-Ulster History Circle and Louise Mulcahy
Patricia McCormick-Carnlough and Brendan Killough owner of the property at Marine Road, Carnlough
Chris Spurr-Chairman Ulster History Circle greets the Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Council, Councillor Beth Adger MBE
The Deputy Mayor addresses guests.
Uilleann piper, Marie Kinney
Mary Watson, The Hub at Carnlough Town Hall nominated Netta Jane Nicholl Johnston for the blue plaque
Rev. Violet Johnston, niece of Netta Jane Nicholl Johnston
Rev. Johnston unveils the blue plaque
l.r. Marie Kinney, Dr. David Hume-Ulster History Circle, Deputy Mayor, Louise Mulcahy, Rev. Violet Johnston, and Chris Spurr-Chairman-Ulster History Circle
Rev. Violet Johnston, Chris Spurr-Chairman Ulster History Circle, Louise Mulcahy, Tim Clifford and Mike Catto-Ulster History Circle
Marie Kinney and Louise Mulcahy join Rev. Violet Johnston
After the unveiling, guests were entertained in the Hub at Carnlough Town Hall with further tributes and music, to the ‘Lady Piper of Carnlough
Before leaving Carnlough, Rev. Violet Johnston and Louise Mulcahy visited the grave of Netta Jane Nicholl Johnston in Ardclinis Church of Ireland graveyard.

Colin Blakely Plaque unveiling event photographs


Colin Blakely

l.r. Kenneth Irvine and Tim Clifford, Ulster History Circle with Colin Maltman, long standing member of Bangor Drama Club.


l.r. Peter Radcliffe, Bangor Amateur Operatic Society, Patricia Irvine and Chris Spurr-Chairman Ulster History Circle.

l.r. Chris Spurr welcomes Caroline Blakely, niece of Colin Blakely, Mayor of Ards and North Down Council, Councillor Karen Douglas and Stephen Blakely, nephew of Colin Blakely.

Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle addressing guests outside Studio 1a, Hamilton Road, Bangor.


Caroline and Stephen Blakely from England


Mayor, Councillor Karen Douglas paying tribute to Colin Blakely, star of stage and screen who was born in Bangor

Caroline and Stephen Blakely preparing to unveil the plaque to their ‘Uncle Colin’.

Plaque unveiled.

The Ulster History Circle Blue Plaque to Colin Blakely.

l.r. Robin Elliott from NVTV who conducted interviews for the ‘News Roundup Programme’, Caroline and Stephen Blakely, Pauline Carville, actor.

Patricia Irvine with Elaine Stephens, former drama student of Mrs. Irvine.

Philomena and J.J. Tohill, film maker.

l.r. Mayor Councillor Karen Douglas, Patricia Irvine, Brenda McKee, Seamus McKee, broadcaster and Ulster History Circle.

Clive Scoular, author and Thomas Johnston.


Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle opens further tributes to Colin Blakely from the stage of the Studio 1a.

Linda Wray, actor, and Tim Campbell, Chairman-Bangor Drama Club.

Kenneth Irvine wrote and narrated an excellent tribute – ‘Colin Blakely – a proud Ulsterman’

l.r. Geoffrey Miller, Linda Wray and Kenneth Irvine reading the tribute


l.r. Geoffrey Miller and Linda Wray


Stephen from NVTV – Belfast who recorded the event.

Herivel, John (1918 – 2011)

Name – John Herivel (1918-2011)

Mathematician, Codebreaker – Bletchley Park 1940

Date of Unveiling – 11th November 2022

Location – Methodist College, 1 Malone Road. Belfast  BT9 6BY

Unveiled by – Professor Alastair Adair, CBE, DL. representing H.M. Lord Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast, and Susan Herivel, daughter of John Herivel

Plaque funded by – Ulster-Scots Agency.

Thomas Mayne Reid (1818-1883)

Name – Thomas Mayne Reid (1818-1883)

Novelist and Adventurer

Date of unveiling – 25th October 2022

Location – Drumgooland Presbyterian Church.
                  64 Drumgooland Road
                  Ballyward. BT31 9QG

Plaque unveiled by – Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Paul Greenfield.

Plaque funded by – Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.


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