Photographs from the Redmond Friel Plaque unveiling.

Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle with Alderman Graham Warke, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council.


Redmond Friel’s daughters, Mary Nicell and Isolde Watts.


Internationally renowned Derry musician, Phil Coulter, a former pupil of Redmond Friel, addresses the guests.


Mayor Graham Warke, Mary Nicell and Phil Coulter unveil the Blue Plaque at Chapel Road Primary School, where Redmond was a pupil and later became Principal.


Back row- Chris Spurr, Chairman-Ulster History Circle, Mayor Graham Warke,

Front row – Isolde Watts (nee Friel) Dr. Nuala McAllister Hart-Ulster History Circle, Mary Nicell (nee Friel), Phil Coulter, former pupil of Redmond Friel, andHead of Composition at Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), Dr. Kevin O’Connell.


Mayor Graham Warke and Phil Coulter.


Redmond Friel’s two daughters, Isolde and Mary with the Mayor.


Family, guests and friends  outside Chapel Road Primary School, Waterside, Derry City.


Dr.. Nuala McAllister Hart- Ulster History Circle, gave a talk on Redmond Friel at a small reception for invited guests at the Guildhall.


Members of the Friel family with Mayor Graham Warke on the staircase of the Guildhall.


Pat MacCafferty giving a rendition of one of Redmond Friel’s musical compositions.

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.


Click here to see photographs of the Plaque Unveiling

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



Lilian Bland

Pioneer aviator
1878 – 1971

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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