Parade marks 100 years since gunrunning

Published Thursday, 24 April 2014
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An Orange Order parade has been held in Larne to mark the centenary of the 1914 Ulster gunrunning.

Parade marks 100 years since gunrunning
Orangemen leave wreaths at a service in Larne. (© UTV)

The commemoration event on Thursday was held exactly 100 years since the landing of weapons in the Co Antrim town amid unionist opposition to Home Rule in Ireland.

Up to 25,000 rifles and five million rounds of ammunition were smuggled into Larne, Bangor and Donaghadee for the Ulster Unionist Council to equip the UVF.

The main parade, organised by Larne District LOL No 1, marched through the town centre, to a memorial on Bay Road where a short service was held and poppy wreaths were laid.

Harry Carter, Larne District Master told UTV: "It's very important that we remember what has happened in those days, but we are also very conscious that we have to move forward as a peaceful province and what everybody wants is peace.

"But it's only right that we should commemorate this event of one hundred years ago."

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23 Comments
Joe in Ipswich wrote (211 days ago):
No Government collusion back then was there!Haha
Rab in Belfast wrote (212 days ago):
Absoluteley!
AK in Ireland wrote (212 days ago):
So the orange order ARE ok with people arming themselves and killing innocent people with smuggled in guns. The blatent two faced hyrocrisy of these people is nauesating
robert in bangor wrote (212 days ago):
Very good to see. And there will be another one tomorrow in Donaghadee
gerard in Belfast wrote (212 days ago):
Makes a ton of sense when you think about it, "Loyalists" smuggling guns to oppose their Government, all organised by a Hurly playing Irishman who wasn't a fan of the Orange Order. I suppose you can't get much more Loyal than trying to oppose your own Government than taking up arms against them.....Just shows the whole "Loyalism" mantra up for the total farce it really is.
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