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Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on Belfast’s Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nÓg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields.

Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on Belfast’s Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nÓg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields.

Michael Cooper

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30/6/18:
Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on BelfastÕs Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nîg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields.
 
The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is (left) Gary Watson from Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society and (right) Liam McKenna from Bredagh GAC during a tour of the Orange Hall. Picture: Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE 30/6/18: Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on BelfastÕs Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nîg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields. The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is (left) Gary Watson from Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society and (right) Liam McKenna from Bredagh GAC during a tour of the Orange Hall. Picture: Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE
30/6/18:
Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on BelfastÕs Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nîg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields.
 
The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is (middle) Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC receiving a gift from Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society with (left) Noel Ligget, District Master Ballynafeigh Orange Hall. Picture: Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE 30/6/18: Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on BelfastÕs Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nîg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields. The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is (middle) Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC receiving a gift from Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society with (left) Noel Ligget, District Master Ballynafeigh Orange Hall. Picture: Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE
30/6/18:
Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on BelfastÕs Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nîg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields.
 
The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is Noel Ligget, District Master, conducting the tour of the Orange Hall. Picture: Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE 30/6/18: Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on BelfastÕs Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nîg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields. The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is Noel Ligget, District Master, conducting the tour of the Orange Hall. Picture: Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE
30/6/18:
Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on Belfast’s Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nÓg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields.
 
The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is Noel Ligget, District Master, conducting the tour of the Orange Hall. Picture: Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE 30/6/18: Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on Belfast’s Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nÓg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields. The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is Noel Ligget, District Master, conducting the tour of the Orange Hall. Picture: Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE
30/6/18:
Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on Belfast’s Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nÓg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields.
 
The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is (left) Michael Geoghegan from Ulster GAA with Noel Ligget (middle), District Master Ballynafeigh Orange Hall and (right) Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC. Picture: Michael Cooper

REPRO FREE 30/6/18: Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on Belfast’s Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nÓg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields. The visit was the brainchild of two local men, Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC and Stephen Biggerstaff, Chair of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society, and is being supported by No.10 District LOL and Clanmil Housing Group. Pictured is (left) Michael Geoghegan from Ulster GAA with Noel Ligget (middle), District Master Ballynafeigh Orange Hall and (right) Malcolm McFarlane, Chair of Bredagh GAC. Picture: Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

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Ballynafeigh Orange Hall on Belfast’s Ormeau Road opened its doors to welcome people attending the John West Feile Peile na nÓg GAA tournament at Cherryvale playing fields.

An Orange hall in Belfast has welcomed young visitors from the other side of Northern Ireland's cultural divide.

Parents and club members from Bredagh GAC, were given a tour of Ballynafeigh Orange Hall in the Ormeau Road in south Belfast on Saturday.

The visit comes after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar became the first Head of State from the Republic of Ireland to visit the Orange Order Headquarters in Belfast earlier this month and on the day that DUP leader Arlene Foster was taking part in a major Orange parade in Scotland.

The young people were in Belfast to attend a Gaelic games tournament at Cherryvale playing fields, close to the Orange hall.

The idea for the visit came from Malcolm McFarlane, chairman of Bredagh GAC, which hosted the tournament, and Stephen Biggerstaff, chairman of the Ballynafeigh Cultural and Heritage Society.

The two men met at a workshop organised by Clanmil Housing to create a Residents' Charter for a new shared development in the area.

 

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Mr Biggerstaff said they are proud of their historic hall, and always keen to welcome visitors and share their history and culture.

"It's great to have these visitors with us today. As well as some competitive matches, we hope they've enjoyed the tours and understand a little more about the history and heritage of the Loyal Institutions and what they are about," he said.

Mr McFarlane said: "Ballynafeigh Orange Hall is a well-known landmark in the area but isn't a place that GAA members would normally visit. Offering tours of the building seemed like a really good idea."

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Orange grand master Edward Stevenson visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast on June 8th 2018 (Picture by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Orange grand master Edward Stevenson visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast on June 8th 2018 (Picture by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Orange grand master Edward Stevenson visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast on June 8th 2018 (Picture by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Orange grand master Edward Stevenson visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast on June 8th 2018 (Picture by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Orange grand master Edward Stevenson visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast on June 8th 2018 (Picture by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Orange grand master Edward Stevenson visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast on June 8th 2018 (Picture by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 08: Taoiseach Leo Varadker is greeted by Orange Grand Master Edward Stevenson at the Orange Order Heritage centre on June 8, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The historic visit to Schomberg House is the first time an Irish premier has been welcomed to the Orange Order's headquarters. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 08: Taoiseach Leo Varadker is greeted by Orange Grand Master Edward Stevenson at the Orange Order Heritage centre on June 8, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The historic visit to Schomberg House is the first time an Irish premier has been welcomed to the Orange Order's headquarters. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is welcomed  as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is welcomed as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is welcomed  as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is welcomed as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is welcomed  as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is welcomed as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.
It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast.

Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/6/2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by Grand Master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson as he visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. It will be the first time an Irish prime minister has been to the headquarters of the Orange Order in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Orange grand master Edward Stevenson visits the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast on June 8th 2018 (Picture by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

The visitors heard about the origins and history of the Orange Order and saw examples of some of the banners and regalia used by the Loyal Orders in the Ballynafeigh District.

The Ormeau Road was the scene of frequent riots during the mid 1990s over the route of an Orange parade. However, the area has since been peaceful.


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