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 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

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