Thursday 1 November 2018

Lord Laird Orange Memorial and Celebration Service

John Laird, Lord Laird of Artigarvan
John Laird, Lord Laird of Artigarvan

This Saturday (3 Nov 2018) we hold our Orange Memorial and Celebration to the life of Bro John Laird (Lord Laird) in St Mary Magdalene's Parish Church, Donegall Pass at 3pm.

There will be representatives from Grand Lodge, Boyne Obelisk LOL 1690 and the wider Orange family, as well as entertainments from the world of Ulster-Scots in Dance, Pipes and Song.

All friends of John are invited to attend, and as this is an Orange Service, members of the Institution are requested to wear regalia.

There will be a retiring collection for the Grand Master’s Appeal; the Drew Nelson Life and Legacy Project.

Monday 25 June 2018

Annual Whiterock Parade


Annual Whiterock Parade

Brethren & Sisters to assemble in Glenwood Street at 2.00 p.m. for 2.15 p.m.

Monday 11 June 2018

United Districts Parade of North Belfast


United Districts Parade of North Belfast (Duncairn Gardens/Tigers Bay areas)

Brethren & Sisters to assemble as per Districe Lodge at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Monday 23 April 2018

Annual Church Parade for the City of Belfast Loyal Orange Widows Fund


Annual Church Parade for the City of Belfast Loyal Orange Widows Fund

Brethren and Sisters to assemble as per District at 2.15 p.m. for 2.30 p.m. parade to St. Aida’s Parish Church

Wednesday 4 April 2018

One Hundred Years on ... Minutes of Meeting, 3rd April 1918, Death of James Donnelly

York L.O.L 145
Clifton St Orange Hall
3rd April 1918

The usual monthly meeting of this Lodge was held on the above date, Bro Edward Leathem, WM presided and Bro Joseph Davison, DM occupied the vice chair.
The Lodge was opened in proscribed form, and a portion of scripture having been read by Bro Rev Dr Walker, the minutes of the previous meeting were read and passed.
There was no meeting of the Lodge Com’ held owing to the Easter Holidays.

Death of Bro 2nd Lieut James A Donnelly RFC

The WM referred to the sad news which was in possession of most of our members, viz the death from wounds received in France of our dear Bro Lieut Jas A Donnelly, his loss to our Lodge was deeply felt by all his brethren and he begged to express for them his sincere regret and deepest sympathy, further his loss to the community in general, as a Loyal Protestant, and a sound Unionist was a very severe blow when all such staunch champions as him were wanted in the present crises.

The D.M. Bro Davison, Bro J L P McKeown and Bro Dr Walker also paid tribute in sympathetic terms to the loss of Bro Donnelly who was beloved by all who knew him.

A resolution of sympathy and condolence was passed in silence, all present standing.

Bro R Tougher pro and Bro Dick seconded a Deputation consisting of the W.M., the D.M., the Secretary and Bro Hodgen, want upon Mrs Donnelly and convey the resolution of sympathy from the Lodge Passed.

Bro Davison D.M. pro that the Lodge adjourn this meeting as a further token of our respect for the late Bro J A Donnelly, this being sec by Bro Kempston was passed unanimously.

Bro R Tougher suggested that the secretary consult with Bro Rev R Dixon Patterson, Rector of St Barnabas Church in order that a memorial service be held on Sunday 7th inst in memory of Bro Donnelly, which was agreed to.

Lodge Closed

The Lodge was then closed in due form.

God Save the King

Edward Leathem WM
John Sayers Secty

Friday 30 March 2018

Easter Parades


Apprentice Boys of Derry Annual Easter Outing

Brethren to assemble in Regent Street as per instruction


Annual Easter Outing for Junior County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast

Brethren & Sisters to assemble at West Belfast Orange Hall at 9.30 a.m.

Saturday 24 March 2018

Orange to honour last man to die a member of the Royal Flying Corps

James Alexander Donnelly

Royal York L.O.L. 145 is holding a centennial service of remembrance today to a late Member, Second Lieutenant James Alexander Donnelly, and our other fallen brethren of World War 1.

Bro Donnelly is considered to be the last man to die a member of the Royal Flying Corps on the 31 March 1918, as on 1 April it became the Royal Air Force.

A new Roll of Honour to all the Brethren who served and fell from LOL 145 will be dedicated at the service.

Wor. Bro. Colin Cavan, Worshipful Master of Royal York LOL 145 said:

“It is a privilege to honour these men and remember their sacrifice to King and Country. We are also particularly pleased to be joined at the service by much of the extended Donnelly family to remember their particular sacrifice, in the loss of a Father, Brother and staunch & true Ulsterman, James Donnelly.”

Wor. Bro. Lord Rogan of Lower Iveagh, Past Master of LOL 145 added:

“James Alexander Donnelly and his siblings John, Frank and Jane are that incredible story that comes to its own in Ulster. From what we would call today a ‘mixed’ family (their father being born a Roman Catholic), they went on to be pillars of the community in Orange, Business, Church and the Army circles. In James’ case, to excel in the new sciences of Telegraphy and Aviation. The fact we are remembering him today, is a testament to the great loss his passing was, not only to the Orange Institution, but to the Nation at large.”

The service will be held in Ballintoy Parish Church. Ballintoy was the church of the Donnelly family, and as Bro Donnelly was the most senior Lodge officer (as Lay Chaplain) to perish in the Great War, it was decided that the memorial service should be held there. His name, and those of his Brothers, the Rev John and Major Frank Donnelly, are inscribed on the Church War Memorial tablet.

The service will begin at 2PM and will be conducted by the local minister, the Rev. Patrick Barton BA BTh, with the sermon and dedication carried out by the Lodge Chaplain, Bro. the Rev. Iain Jamieson.

All are welcome to the service.

Monday 12 March 2018

Parade to Thanksgiving Service for the life and witness of St. Patrick

Parade to Thanksgiving Service for the life and witness of St. Patrick

Brethren & Sisters to assemble in Hopewell Ave. at 2.15 p.m. for 2.30 p.m. parade to Townsend St. Presbyterian.