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Murdered Orangemen honoured in remembrance garden

By Rachel Martin

Published 21/09/2015

Relatives of the deceased are among those in attendance at Saturday’s dedication service of the garden of remembrance, which was built in tribute to 68 murdered Orangemen
Relatives of the deceased are among those in attendance at Saturday’s dedication service of the garden of remembrance, which was built in tribute to 68 murdered Orangemen
One of the individually-named plaques
Grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson (left) and County Armagh grand master Denis Watson

The relatives of Armagh Orangemen who were killed during the Troubles have attended the official unveiling of a dedicated garden of remembrance.

The memorial garden, which is located in the grounds of the new Museum of Orange Heritage in Loughgall, remembers 68 brethren, many of whom served in the security forces.

Individually named plaques were placed in the garden, which was funded by the former Armagh City and District Council.

Co Armagh grand master Denis Watson welcomed the provision of the garden of remembrance as a "fitting tribute" to those who lost their lives in paramilitary violence.

He said: "This contemporary and permanent memorial garden offers a beautiful and tranquil space where relatives and friends can remember their loved ones. We are very pleased to have such an area of reflection.

"Over a fifth of all the Orangemen who were murdered during the Troubles resided in Co Armagh, and that number includes eight fatalities of the heinous IRA massacres at Tullyvallen Orange hall and Kingsmills. It was therefore particularly appropriate that the praise for the dedication service should be provided by Tullyvallen Silver Band, given the occasion."

Earlier this year, a stained glass window paying tribute to all Orangemen killed during the Troubles was unveiled at the Museum of Orange Heritage.

The Orange Institution lost 332 members as a result of terrorism during the Troubles.

The vast majority of the victims were murdered by republican paramilitaries.

Nearly half of those killed served with the Ulster Defence Regiment, while a quarter served with the RUC.

 

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