Sinn Fein’s Niall O’Donnghaile, former lord mayor of Belfast, asks somewhat naively, if not mischievously (March 29), why anyone would object to the placing of a floral tribute to Sir Roger Casement at the captured U-Boat gun used as a war memorial in Ward Park, Bangor.
I think it would be perhaps sensible to listen down the years to Sir Roger’s contemporaries who faced the menace of the U-Boats at sea during the great struggle against Prussian militarism.
(Orange Standard, (English Grand Lodge publication) May 1916):
KING WILLIAM’S OWN L.O.L. 872
Success continues to attend the efforts of the officers and members of this lodge on H.M.S. Warspite. At the last meeting the statement that the Casement family were connected with the Orange Society was bitterly resented and the following resolution was passed:
‘As units of our country’s fighting forces and as loyal subjects of our King, and Brethren of our glorious Institution, we desire to express our contempt of Sir Roger Casement and repudiate any association with this man.’
Mark Dingwall, Glasgow