James MacCafferty (I915 – I995)


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.

Redmond Friel (1907-1979)

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.

Photos from Pantridge plaque unveiling

Photos left to right

  1. Frank Pantridge
  2. Paul Brady (right) proprietor of Infinite Signs and Design, Warrenpoint, with his son, Steven, before the installation of the plaque at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
  3. Lady Mary Peters with Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle.
  4. Chris Spurr, Lady Mary Peters, Bernie Owens, deputy CEO-Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, and Chris Hagan, Medical Director, Belfast H&SC Trust.
  5. Lady Mary Peters unveiling the blue plaque watched by Professor Frank Pantridge’s nephew, Frank Pantridge named after his uncle.
  6. Bernie Owens, deputy CEO-Belfast H&SC Trust with the plaque,after the unveiling.
  7. Jonny Ravey, Estates Officer-Belfast Trust, Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle, Lady Mary Peters and Frank Pantridge.
  8. Chris Spurr, Lady Mary Peters, Bernie Owens, Frank Pantridge.
  9. Lady Mary Peters addressing the audience.

Photographs from Martha Craig plaque unveiling

 Photographs from the Martha Craig plaque unveiling



Photos – left to right

  1. Gordon McDowell, great, great nephew of Martha Craig unveils the blue plaque.
  2. Gordon McDowell with the extended families of the explorer.
  3. 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.
  4. l.r. David Hume, Nevin Taggart, Gordon McDowell, Sandra McDowell, proprietor of the Dairy, Gleno, and Chris Spurr.
  5. 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.
  6. Matthew Warwick, Ulster-Scots Community Network, reads in Ulster-Scots dialect, the poem which he penned for the occasion.
  7. Dr. David Hume MBE – committee member of the Ulster History Circle, speaks to the small gathering of guests.
  8. Gordon McDowell, great, great  nephew of Martha Craig recalls his memories (as a small boy) of Martha Craig  living in Gleno.

Professor Frank Pantridge

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.

Click here to see some photographs from the unveiling ceremony

Click here to see Professor Frank Pantridge’s entry in the Dictionary of Ulster Biography



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.