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Federation for Ulster Local Studies – A.G.M.

Federation for Ulster Local Studies hold A.G.M.

Saturday 23rd. November 2013

It was a pleasure to attend the A.G.M. of the F.U.L.S. which was held in the parish hall of St. Peter and St. James C.O.I. Church on the Antrim Road near the Limestone Road in Belfast. The church was officially opened on the 29th June (St. Peter’s day) 1900. Beautifully constructed and finished to a very high standard it was described as “a slice of a cathedral.” It presented an impressive picture both outside and inside with its beautiful ornate altar and some magnificent stained glass windows. It is built of Scrabo sandstone, designed originally by Samuel Close and later extended by his son Richard Close. It’s architectural style is late Victorian Gothic Revival.

A large and attentive audience representing local societies from around the province listened to reports from Chairman Roddy Hegarty on his reflections of the year’s activities and also the financial report. Secretary Bridgeen Rutherford then delivered her report followed by John Hulme who talked about the Hidden Gems & Forgotten People Project and North/South meetings. Johnny Dooher gave a report on the People & Places Project which had stimulated some very interesting research work by societies in several local communities. Helen Rankin then paid tribute to the late Doreen Corcoran recalling some personal moments she had experienced with Doreen during their friendship. All agreed she will be greatly missed. Larry Breen attending on behalf of the Federation of Local History Societies gave his perspective on the FULS and FLHS liaison speaking highly of the very strong and long relationship between both Federations and congratulating all concerned for the great year 2013 had turned out to be with regard to joint activities. During the “Society Spake”, Maud Hamill of the Abbey Historical Society and Jenifer Cunningham of the Coleraine Historical Society spoke about their societies activities during the year.

The new addition of “Due North” was launched and was on sale during the meeting.

After the business of the A.G.M was concluded there was a presentation given by Joan Crooks of NIPRA about the organisation and its services and activities. This was followed by a most intriguing talk by John Gray on the origins and history of Belfast Castle.

The event concluded with some very welcome lunch including soup, sandwiches and other delicacies to the delight of all in attendance.

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