York Island Arts and Heritage Association

The Lodge, together with the local community in Saintfield, County Down, set up the York Island Arts and Heritage Association in 2006 to explore the history of the 1798 rebellion in Ulster and especially the Battle of Saintfield. York Island is the place where many who fell in the battle were buried.

The Association has gone from strength to strength and set up a film company, which produced a much-acclaimed film about the Battle of Saintfield, “Brethren in Arms” (above). Many Lodge members took part in the film and wore the red and gold uniform of their brothers who originally created L.O.L. 145. It has also produced an original play about the 1798 entitled “Who dares speak”.

The Association still attends historical re-enactments events throughout Ulster.