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
John Alexander Sinton 1884-1956 VC FRS
Date of unveiling – 28th March 2017
Location – Lissan Church of Ireland, Churchtown Road, Churchtown, Cooktown, CO. Tyrone BT80 9XT.
Robert Dennis (Danny) Blanchflower – Footballer and Journalist
Date of unveiling – 27th March 2015
Location – 49 Grace Avenue
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St John Ervine 1883-1971 – Writer and Playwriter
Date of unveiling – 21st March 2015.
Location – Westbourne Old School, Susan Street, Newtownards Road, Belfast BGT5 4FE.
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Click here to see entry for St John Ervine of the Dictionary of Ulster Biography
Name – Harry Willoughby Weaving (‘Willow’)
Date of unveiling – 14th November 2014.
Location – Rockport School
15 Rockport Road. Craigavad
Date of unveiling – 21st May 2018.
Location – Oysters Restaurant, 37 Patrick Street, Strabane, Co. Tyrone.
Plaque unveiled by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor, Maoliosa McHugh.
Plaque sponsored by Derry City and Strabane District Council.
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Click here to see Annie Maunder’s entry in the Dictionary of Ulster Biography
Edgar Henry Harper Mathematician Aeronautical Theorist
Location – 3 Northland Place. Dungannon. Co. Tyrone BT 71 6AN.
Unveiled by Deputy Chair, Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow
Date of unveiling : 2nd May 2018
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Mother Angeline. Founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.
Location – St. Brigid’s Church. Brocagh. Co. Tyrone.
Unveiled by Dr. Eamon Martin. Archbishop of Armagh.
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