Londonderry memorial to murdered Orangemen unveiled

Edward Stevenson, Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, speaks at the unveiling of the memorial tablet

Edward Stevenson, Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, speaks at the unveiling of the memorial tablet

A memorial has been unveiled in Londonderry in memory of eight Orangemen murdered during the Troubles.

The Orange tribute remembers brethren from the city and surrounding districts who lost their lives in terrorist atrocities, including the Claudy bombings and Greysteel massacre.

The memorial tablet – which was formerly dedicated at St Columb’s Cathedral – has now been put on permanent display at the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall in the city.

Relatives of the deceased on Sunday joined senior members of the Order at the unveiling service, including the Grand Master of the Grand of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, and City of Londonderry Grand Master, James Hetherington.

The short religious service was conducted by the Very Rev Dean William Morton.

Mr Stevenson , who commended all those involved in bringing the remembrance tribute to its final stage, said: “I pay tribute to the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge for their endeavours in ensuring the sacrifice of eight of their members during the Troubles is never forgotten.

“The Institution, as a whole, will always remember our murdered brethren and will always support their families, who continue to live with the painful legacy inflicted by terrorism.”

The memorial is dedicated to the following Orangemen: James McClelland, Kilaloo True Blues LOL 621; David Miller, Tullintrain Purple Star LOL 1969; George Hamilton, Tullintrain Purple Star LOL 1969; James Hood, Tullintrain Purple Star LOL 1969; Robert Stott, Harmony LOL 858; John Olphert, Churchhill LOL 871; Cecil McKnight, Culmore True Blues LOL 1866; John Burns, Hope of Eglinton LOL 764.