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!! Ballina Chronicle; Dec 26, 1849 "Anniv. of Shutting of Gates of Derry"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, December 26, 1849 ANNIVERSARY OF THE SHUTTING OF THE GATES OF DERRY. On Tuesday evening the members of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 6 5:11 AM
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, December 26, 1849

      On Tuesday evening the members of the Wesley Orange Lodge gave a soiree in
      the Pillar-room of the Rotunda, for the purpose of commemorating the Anniversary
      of the Shutting of the Gates of Derry. A large number of the members both of
      that Lodge and of the "John Knox," "The Nassau" and "The Cumberland" Lodges,
      together with a considerable assemblage of ladies, were present on the occasion-
      the gentlemen wearing crape bands in respect for the memory of the late Queen
      Dowager. Shortly before eight o'clock the chair was taken by Mr. Wm. Battersby,
      Master of Wesley Lodge.
      The Rev. Mr. De Butts having pronounced grace, the company were regaled
      with a plentiful supply of tea and cakes. Thanks having been returned by the
      Rev. T.D. Gregg.
      The Secretary read letters from the Earl of Enniskillen, Messrs. William
      and Francis Beers, the Rev. Alexander J. Montgomery, the Rev. Dr. Drew, and many
      others, apologizing for their inability to attend the soiree.
      The Chairman stated the object of the meeting. They had assembled together
      that evening because they were of opinion that great merits were worthy of being
      often commemorated, and because they were unwilling that the anniversary of such
      a day as that which the "Printice Boys of Derry" shut their gates, should be
      allowed to pass over unobserved.- (Cheers.) The Chairmen then proceeded to give
      the toasts of the evening.
      The Chairman then gave the toast of the evening. "The Memory of Governor
      Walker and the "Printice of Boys of Derry." He said that in keeping up the
      recollection of the glorious year of 1698 they were only discharging their duty
      as protestants, and he trusted that as long as Protestant feeling existed the
      remembrance of the memorable events of that year would not be
      Air- "The Protestant Boys"
      The toast which was most enthusiastically received was responded to by
      The Rev. T.D. Gregg, who, in speaking to it entered into a narrative of the
      progress of Popery in Great Britain, from the reign of Queen Elizabeth up to the
      present time, with a view to show that the religious and political liberty now
      enjoyed by the inhabitants of the United Kingdom was altogether due to the
      triumph of Protestant principles and that all the evils under which Ireland at
      present suffered were attributed to the prevalence of Popish doctrines. The
      reverend gentleman was well received, and was loudly applauded during the
      delivery of his speech.

      (From the Derry Sentinel)
      Derry, 18th December, 6 o'clock p.m.
      The anniversary of this glorious event has not passed off without a becoming
      celebration of the day.
      At midnight a salute of heavy artillery from the Royal Bastion proclaimed
      the approach of the commemoration and at early dawn another salute was fired,
      when the royal standard was hoisted and the banner of the Hon, the Irish Society
      on the walls. The virgin banner was on the Cathedral and the city flag on the
      Testimonial, form the summit of which a remarkable fine effigy fo the traitor
      Lundy was then suspended. The usual cannonading commenced at 8 o'clock, and was
      continued for a considerable time. Shortly after 11 o'clock the procession of
      the Apprentice Boss of Derry Club, and the Juvenile, Walker, and Murry Clubs of
      Apprentice Boys, with crimson banners, the colours of the Maiden City. The desk
      service was read by the Rev.. B.B. Gough, Rector of Urney, and the anniversary
      sermon was preached by the Rev. George Smith, the senior curate of the
      cathedral. The text was taken from Isaiah, xliv.chap., 28th verse, and the
      discourse, which was a lengthened one, embraced a recapitulation of God's
      mercies to the Israelites of old, and the successive tokens of his providence in
      the affairs of this united empire. After the sermons the procession left the
      Cathedral and shortly after proceeded to the walls with their cannon, and
      observed the customary formula of rejoicing. Lundy was committed to the flames
      at half-past three o'clock, in the presence of some thousand spectators. The
      influx of strangers into the city from the surrounding district has been very
      great, and notwithstanding the guest addition to the ordinary population, this
      anniversary has passed over like all those which have preceded it - in kindness,
      good will and perfect peace.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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