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'Majestic' new Orange Hall opened

By Allan Preston

Published 23/11/2015

In demand: the new Orange Hall
In demand: the new Orange Hall

A "majestic" new Orange Hall in Kilkeel will benefit generations to come in south Down, the order's Grand Master has said.

The new facility is twice the size of the previous hall which had been a landmark in the town for nearly a century.

After a special dedication, Orange Grand Master Edward Stevenson opened the doors of the new building on Greencastle Street on Saturday.

He said: "The Mournes area is already renowned for having the largest number of Orangemen in any district within the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. It also has the biggest individual lodge.

"It can now undoubtedly lay claim to having one of the most majestic Orange halls in the world".

Three years of planning went into the new building, and construction work began in February this year.

The front features four white Corinthian style pillars with '2015, Kilkeel Orange Hall' engraved in large letters.

Described as a "tremendous boost" for Orangeism in the area, the building will serve four lodges, other loyal orders, local bands and various community groups.

Inside the new building, there is a large function room, band practice areas, a kitchen and credit union offices.

David Hanna, chairman of the Kilkeel Orange Hall Committee, said that there was already high demand for its facilities.

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