Reported in the News Letter on September 12, 1927: Huge turnout at opening of ‘splendid’ new Orange hall


There was a big turnout of the Orangemen of Tandragee District, with lodges and drumming parties from Portadown and neighbouring districts, at the opening, on Saturday evening [September 10], of a commodious new hall, close to the town, for Tullyhue LOL 115.

This splendid hall, built by members of the lodge on a fine site purchased from the Duke of Manchester, completes the number of halls necessary for the housing of the 24 lodges in Tandragee District.

Speaking after the formal opening, Br Major D G Shillington MP, District Master of Portadown, congratulated the members of Tullyhue on their splendid hall.

Major Shillington said they did not know what the result of the Free State elections might mean to Northern Ireland. They hoped it might not mean further trouble to the Six Counties. They did not want trouble, but it was their duty to be prepared to meet trouble if it came. He was inclined to think that no matter what Government was in power in the Free State it would try to bring the remaining Six Counties under a Parliament in Dublin. Orangemen would not allow that, or anything that would tend to sever the connection of Ulster with Great Britain.

He wished the lodge every success.

Br R McBride MP, District Master of Gilford, said the people of Tandragee were a loyal people, and he would just say to them, “Continue to be loyal, and you will make no mistake”, because peace and contentment always followed loyalty.

Rev R R Sayers referred to the great help given by Orange halls in bringing to the people the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was glad to know that the number of temperance lodges was increasing, and hoped that the time would come when Orangeism and temperance would be a synonym.