Magheragall district celebrate Convenant centenary

MAGHERAGALL District LOL No 9 has organised a parade and service to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant, which was signed on Ulster Day (September 28, 1912) in protest at the introduction of Home Rule by the Liberal Government of the day.

The Ulster Covenant, first signed by Sir Edward Carson at the City Hall, was signed at many locations throughout Ulster, including Broomhedge Orange Hall where 297 women’s signatures were recorded (with men travelling to Belfast to sign the document) by the agent the Rev John Leslie, whose photograph can be found on the banner of local Broomhedge lodge LOL 206. Following Leslie’s death in 1927, Broomhedge Orange Hall was renamed Leslie Memorial Orange Hall, and retains to this day strong links with the first rector of Broomhedge and to the Ulster Covenant.

In total just under half a million men and women signed the Ulster Covenant, and Magheragall District will be commemorating this special historical event on Sunday, September 30, with its attendance at a service of thanksgiving in St Matthew’s Parish Church beginning at 3.30pm, with bands and brethren to assembling at Halfpenny Gate at 2.45pm for the parade to church, returning approx 4.45pm to the assembly point.

Members of the public are encouraged to support the brethren along the route which will see all eight lodges of Magheragall District LOL No 9 walking for the fist time outside of a twelfth of July demonstration. The collection at the service will be in aid of the Lord Enniskillen Orange Orphans Society.