Well Done Young Conway Volunteers Flute Band.
Young Conway Volunteers Flute Band recognised the idiocy of the Parades Commission’s ruling regarding them and the Black Preceptory Parade today, 25th August 2012 in Belfast, and ignored it.
About time the Loyalist community stopped being dictated to by this group set up by the nanny state to prevent freedom of expression and any display of Loyalism.
There are many legacies to the troubles some of which are unsolvable and some of which are regrettable. Some people in the country do not want to remember what went on and some cant forget. For anybody deeply affected by the troubles it is a nightmare that never leaves. I have mixed views on the legacy.
Continuing the latest in the series “He was a friend of mine”. This story comes from an old compound stalwart and certainly illustrates many of the difficulties faced by the long term prisoner upon release. Although it is testament to all those who have came through the experience relatively intact it also highlights the fact that not everyone was so lucky.
|By John Coulter, Northern Political Columnist, Irish Daily Star. A uniformed UVF man addressing a mainly republican crowd on Belfast’s Falls Road! Now that’s a picture of real peace in the North !
It wasn’t the start of a new Irish civil war, but a brave decision by Feile an Phobail to stage the loyalist ‘Voices From Behind the Wire’ presentation in St Mary’s College.
Busy Times for North Ulster ACT
The ACT Initiative in Ballymena has had a busy, yet very productive 2012.
The ACT Initiative has been working hand in hand with members of the Seven Towers Community and Cultural Educational Association, (STCCEA) in the Ballymena South area.
They have focused on the Drumtara estate in Ballee where STCCEA and ACT participants have been particularly active.
The year began with a visit by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, (NIHRC) to Drumtara.
Ex-Blanket columnist and Radical Unionist commentator DR JOHN COULTER suggests that ex-combatants consider forming a Loyalist Athletic Association to give loyalism a new identity and direction within Protestantism.
North Down ACT Initiative
Things are going from strength to strength for the North Down ACT Initiative.
Building on the strong community links they had already established through their relationship with North Down Community Assistance the members of the ACT Initiative in North Down have not rested on their laurels.
Networking throughout the North Down and Lower Ards area they have met with, among others, the PSNI, Mike Nesbitt, Jim Shannon, Jonathan Bell, The Lord Mayor of Ards and other MLA’s. They have taken this opportunity to explain about the ACT Initiative and the positive work being undertaken in this area. Links have been established with the local community and local churches and a number of training programmes arranged and attended by their members.
A 2 day residential has been arranged for October when ACT participants will explore their own identity and history as part of the Decade of Anniversaries programme. Plans are also being finalised for a community clean-up of the local canal, in partnership with a number of other local community groups.
The North Down Act Initiative are also currently organising a Covenant Centenary Parade on the 15th September with an open invitation to all Bands, Lodges and Somme Associations. (See below for details)
North Down & Ards
Unionist Centenary Committee
We are hoping to hold a “Signing of the Ulster Covenant Centenary Celebration Parade” on the 22nd Sept 2012. All Orange Lodges, Bands and Somme Associations province wide will be invited. The parade will leave Regent House School @ 10am. The parade will go through Newtownards and finish at the Somme Centre. There will be representatives doing speeches i.e. Community Leaders, Women’s groups, Councillors, MLA’s plus others. A tour of the Somme Centre will be included along with a 2012 resigning of The Ulster Covenant. We would like to invite you to this event, if you would like to celebrate this with us please contact us on the details below.
David Carson(Vice Chair)
02891228116 – Day
07857181708 – Evening
There are a number of other pieces of work and projects in the pipeline as the membership of ACT in North Down continue to build on the principles and ethos of the ACT Initiative. Keep an eye on this web site for more updates in the near future.
Battle at Oldbridge
On the slopes of Tullyallen at a bend in the River Boyne
Thirty thousand true and loyal men with William did conjoin
To face and fight rebellious might, no thoughts that they might die
They stood as one with pike and gun on the Eleventh of July.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Republican manifesto delivered at Abbey production
Seán Ó Sé, of Dublin Republican Youth, took part in ‘The Young Coveys’ talk which was an educational programme run in conjunction with Abbey Theatre’s production of The Plough and the Stars. Along with representatives from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour, Seán delivered a manifesto for a new Ireland. Here is the content of Seán’s speech:
Any Old Port In A Storm
Tom McFeely could rightly be regarded as something of a hero in old IRA folklore. But then again after this episode that is open to debate.