Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Circular I

“I am not an Ulsterman, but yesterday, the 1st July, as I followed their amazing attack I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world.”
Captain Wilfrid Spender speaking about the Ulster Division’s advance on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Thursday, 05 October 2006

Hello everyone,

I’d like to take this opportunity to say hello from the officers of the Ulster Society, and to thank all of you who signed up on Fresher’s Day.

Many of you will be aware of the external Ulster Society, and although we share links with it and many characteristics in regard to Ulster-Britishness, our society is indeed a great deal older (older in fact that both the DUA and the Young Unionists at Queens), with its focus as the legend above shows, on the History and Culture of Ulster.

We have a particularly exciting line up this year in the Ulster Society and I hope that you will be able to attend as many of our events as possible.

Large Events this year will include:

The Ulster Society Formal in March, which is the premier social occasion in Queen’s for unionists of all hues to come together in fellowship. Last years formal was held in the Raddison SAS in the new Gasworks development and was a great success, as indeed it has been for many years, specific dates yet to be confirmed.
The Ulster Society Annual Lecture will be held in March, where there shall be a speaker from the National Ulster Society to a public audience.
We will be having a launch concert of traditional music and dance, organised in conjunction with the York Island Arts and Heritage Association. This will be held in April, and tickets will be available to Society Members.
The Launch concert will be in aid of a new project to take many people down to the “Green Grassy Slopes” for a traditional Orange picnic in early June. Here there will be arranged demonstrations and recreations of the Williamite period for the enjoyment of the picnickers. This day trip to the North Bank of the River Boyne will also be arranged in conjunction with York Island Arts and Heritage, and will be available firstly to Ulster Society Members.
We shall also be hosting a team at the weekly Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz, and we would encourage all our members to go, as this can be a vital source of funds, which can all go towards subsidizing the Formal in March.

We are in the process of arranging a website and e-mail address, and hope to have this up and running soon, we shall be communicating this to you in circulars to follow after this one.

We are also going to arrange regular meetings of the society to discuss issues as they arise, particularly in regards to the SRC (the Student Representative Council of the Students Union. We urge all our members to sign up for the SRC at http://www.qubsu.org/.
The SRC is particularly important in the affairs of the Union, and thus the University and the society.

Along with all the above plans are also underway to purchase some clothing (such as ties and hoodies) incorporating the Ulster Society logo (above). This would be in a recognisable yet understated form, so that members could wear them in all occasions, and could have a great keepsake of their time at QUB.

To recap dates to think about:

Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz
Every Tues Night at 9 for 9:30 in the Union
(Come Join in and meet the rest of us!)

The Ulster Society Annual Lecture

The Ulster Society Formal


Boyne Valley Picnic

Again I’d like to thank you for joining, and if you have not joined yet, get on board! We’ll be sending out more circulars when our website arranged, or if you can’t wait till then, come to the Pub Quiz and we’ll sort you out. Another option is to e-mail us! Current membership is only £3 and when we get Ties made that will be taken off the price so you have nothing to lose.

See you on soon,
Yours in the Cause.

Graham Steven Barton
President – Ulster Society at Queen’s
Robert Davis – Treasurer
Thomas Hogg – Secretary


Join Us

If you like the work of the Ulster Society, would like to get involved, or would simply like to come to our social events, please join today.

We take new members throughout the year and your membership fee will contribute to the organisation and costs associated with lectures and publicity.

You can download a membership form by clicking and saving the following: Membershipform.jpg.

Please print and sign and post to the address on our homepage or alternatively print, sign and scan, using your computer and email to: ulster-society@qub.ac.uk

Our current membership fee is only £3!

Alternatively please e-mail us for more info.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

About Us

Wikipedia Entry

Many of you will be aware of the external Ulster Society, and although we share links with it and many characteristics in regard to Ulster-Britishness, our society is indeed a great deal older (older in fact that both the DUA and the Young Unionists at Queens), with its focus on the History and Culture of Ulster.

Our aims are simple, to perpetuate the culture and heritage of Ulster and to welcome others into our small part of these islands. We achiever this though lectures, social events, publications and thought the Ulster Society Annual formal, which has come in recent years to be the most visible outward face of our society.

By hard work and a love of this land we hope to give others a taste of Ulster and everything she has to offer, with particular attention to foreign and mainland students.


Ulster Society Officers 2006/7

Graham Steven Barton
Graham is a final year Law with Politics undergraduate, he is Speaker to the Students Representive Council of the Students Union (SRCSU) and a member of the University Academic Board.

Andrew Charles
Andrew is a Ph.D. postgraduate student researching within the field of Health Science. As a Graduate of Politics and Social Policy at Queen's he is a former member of the SRCSU (2004-06) and a past Editor of "The Gown", the independent student newpaper at Queen's. He has a personal blog, andrewdavidcharles.co.uk

Thomas Hogg
Thomas is a first year History/Politics Undergraduate, he is a member of the SRCSU, a Staff/Student Consultative Representitive, member of the RAG Committee and Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee.

Treasurer: Robert Davis
Robert is a second year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student, he is a member of the SRCSU, the School of Engineering Education committee, the International Student committee and a member of the Univeristy Academic Council.

QUB Young Unionists Liaison:
Jennifer Dunn

Richard Reid

QUB Democratic Unionist Association Liaison:
David Cather

Sharon Simpson

National Ulster Society Liaison:
Richard Scott

Party Liaison (Events Sec.):
Sharon Simpson
Sharon is a Geography undergraduate, a member of the SRCSU, a Staff/Student Consultative Representitive, a member of the Welfare committee and the council member of the School of Science & Agriculture Education Committee.

Past Officers

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Saturday, October 14, 2006


Welcome to the Queen's Ulster Society Website!

Dear Friend,

May I first of all welcome you to the Queens Ulster Society website! I trust you've all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and are looking forward to starting / returning to Queens. Whether you're just beginning your time or returning for another year I hope it will be successful and worthwhile for you.

I am indeed very proud to be holding the Presidency of this great society and in the forthcoming year I hope to be holding regular social events - so keep up-to-date by checking the website regulary.

In the meantime, I wish you all the best with whatever it is you're doing and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Best wishes,

Your friend,

Dean McSorley, QUB Ulster Society President 2008/09

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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