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Homepage Article - November 2011

Transfer of Districts - Garryowen LOL 221

Garryowen LOL 221 have taken another step in their continued
journey of progression by successfully transferring from
Ballymena District No.8 to Sixmilewater District No.10
after a lengthy process.

Overall changes within the lodge have been kept to a minimum,
with the re-issue of a new warrant granted by Grand Lodge of
Ireland bearing the name GARRYOWEN LOL 221. A number
that has in the short lifespan of Garryowen become widely
recognised as being strongly linked with the lodge by the public
both at home and further a field. The old warrant has been
returned to Ballymena District as a good will gesture, so that
it can be safely kept in their archives.

Lodge meetings will remain in the same place and same time
of month and as previous years our annual Divine
Service / Parade will be held in Ballee Presbyterian Church.
A clear sign that Garryowen will not be leaving Ballymena,
which was never or will ever be our intention. As Garryowen was not named after or hailed from a town-land no specific area ties have been broken.

It was our intention from the beginning to parade in as many towns & villages as possible, even on the Twelfth, to promote the Orange Order and to show the wider public that the Ulster Defence Regiment would not be forgotten. Within our initial district this was restricted, as on the Twelfth they do not rotate around various venues as each year they parade in Ballymena. Obtaining permission to guest elsewhere was virtually impossible.
The lodge felt that after 4 years service in Ballymena, it was now the right time to seek a district that could offer a more satisfactory set up, while showing that they also were proactive and interested in taking on a transfer. After looking at other districts Sixmilewater LOL No 10 was pinpointed as the District we would most like to move to. This district showed itself to be very professional & informative throughout the whole process from our initial enquiries to the final completion of the transfer. For this we are truly grateful. We must also thank Ballymena District for agreeing to the transfer and wish them and their lodges continued growth & success now and in future years.

Before our transfer Sixmilewater consisted of 9 lodges with us now taking that total, into doubles figures. District No.10 is part of the East Antrim Combine which is one of the largest demonstrations to parade on the Glorious Twelfth of July. It attracts a large number of spectators who thoroughly enjoy the lodges, bands (of which quite a few travel from Scotland to attend), and with the lambegs adding the traditional flavour to a truly atmospheric and colourful day. The Combine rotates around various venues which will take Garryowen LOL 221 into new towns and a wider audience which enhances the ethos of our lodge. A new thrilling and exciting chapter for Garryowen LOL 221 has begun and we can’t wait for the start of the new marching season.

UDR Beret & Collarette

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