Bro James Connor Gray (Worshipful
District Master of Derriaghy LOL No 11) pictured with
his daughter Hannah (right) and son Matthew with the
banner showing a painting of his grandfather, the late
Bro James Connor Gray PDM, who was present when the
foundation stones of both Dunmurry Orange Hall and Saint
Colman’s Parish Church in 1908 were laid.
Bro Connor Gray (Worshipful District
Master of Derriaghy LOL No 11) pictured during the
platform proceedings at the ‘twelfth’ demonstration
field in Dunmurry.
As part of the ongoing celebrations marking the centenary of
Dunmurry Orange Hall, members of Dunmurry True Blues LOL No 1046
carried two banners on the ‘twelfth’ demonstration at Dunmurry
last Saturday 12th July. The historic occasion for the lodge
coincided with the recent centenary celebrations at Saint
Colman’s Parish Church as both the Orange Hall and Parish Church
were opened in 1908 and one of the lodge members, the late Bro
James Connor Gray was present when the foundation stones of each
building were laid.
One of the banners depicts Dunmurry Parish
Church and the other shows a picture of the late Bro James
Connor Gray PDM, which was carried by his grandson (also called
James Connor) together with his great-grandson Matthew, from the
demonstration field at which Bro Connor Gray, currently
Worshipful District Master of Derriaghy LOL No 11 chaired the
platform proceedings. The current WDM Connor Gray’s father the
late James Connor Gray PM gave over 50 years service to the
lodge until his death in 1980.