Arch opened in Donaghcloney

Donaghcloney made some final preparations for the Twelfth as they unveiled and opened their new arch.

Monday, 2nd July 2018, 2:37 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:00 pm
Bros Colin Bell (Donaghcloney Linen Green Association), Samuel Kells (Worshipful District Master, Lower Iveagh West District LOL No 8), David Stevenson (Deputy District Master, Lower Iveagh West District LOL No 8) and Kyle Savage (Chairman of Donaghcloney Linen Green Association) look on as the Rt Worshipful Bro Harold Henning (Deputy Grand Master, Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland) officially opens the new arch in Donaghcloney on Saturday 30th June.

The last arch in the village is thought to be in the early 1920s and the opening of the new arch is one of several events organised by Donaghcloney Linen Green Association (DLGA) in the run up to July 12.

Everyone was welcomed by Bro Samuel Kells (WDM Lower Iveagh West District LOL No 8) and the arch was officially opened by Rt Worshipful Bro Harold Henning (DGM Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland) and dedicated by the Rt Wor Bro Rev John Noble (Grand Chaplain, Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland) who also gave the address. Kilmore Flute Band led the singing and Bro Colin Bell (DLGA) gave a history of the arch which features memorials to 336 murdered brethren and two silhouettes of soldiers to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice. Bro Kyle Savage (DLGA) gave a vote of thanks to all who helped in the erection of the new arch. The proceedings were followed by a parade of the village.

Local brethren and their Lambeg drums pictured against the backdrop of the newly opened arch during the return parade in Donaghcloney on Saturday 30th June.
Nicola Harrison, Anne Harrison, Audrey Savage, Alison Harrison and Freda Irwin pictured against the backdrop of the newly opened arch in Donaghcloney on Saturday 30th June as they tuck into large ice creams while waiting for the return parade. Pics submitted: John Kelly.