Saturday, March 01, 2008

Annual St. Patricks Lecture

The Queen's University Ulster Society Annual St. Patricks Day Lecture is scheduled to be held in the

Peter Froggatt Centre
Lecture theatre G07

At 8PM


On Wednesday 12th March 2008.


This is an open invitation. Everyone is welcome.


StPatricksLectureFlyer.pdf

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Annual St. Patricks Day Lecture

The Queen's Ulster Society will be hosting the Annual St. Patricks Day Lecture on Wednesday 12th March 2008 at 6PM in the PFC Room G07.

Please see flyer which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.


StPatricksLecture.pdf

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Week of Lectures and Workshops on Codes, Ciphers and Spying

Ulster Society members are more than welcome to attend the following:


Monday 11th February

3:00 p.m. ‘The art of spying’ - a general talk including stories about some famous/infamous spies by John Alexander.

7:30 p.m. ‘Enigma and Friends’ - a specialised talk given by John Alexander that is suitable for radio ‘hams’ and the technically-minded.

Tuesday 12th February

2:30 p.m. ‘Communications and Spying through the Ages’ – a general talk on the history of spying by Ian Foulkes.

7:30 p.m. ‘World War 2: Communications, Codes and Deception’ - a general talk on how coded messages were sent to agents behind enemy lines and the deception of Operation Fortitude by Ian Foulkes and John Alexander. This talk will be held at Coleraine Town Hall.

7:30 p.m. Code breaking workshop – an interactive session on breaking codes from around the world - suitable for all ages with Vicky Worpole.

Wednesday 13th February

3:00 p.m. ‘World War 2: Communications, Codes and Deception’ - a general talk on how coded messages were sent to agents behind enemy lines and the deception of Operation Fortitude by Ian Foulkes and John Alexander.

7:30 p.m. ‘Communications in World War 1, the Royal Signals Regiment and the work of Room 40’ – a general talk by Ian Foulkes and John Alexander.

Thursday 14th February

7:30 p.m. ‘World War 2: Communications, Codes and Deception’ - a general talk on how coded messages were sent to agents behind enemy lines and the deception of Operation Fortitude by Ian Foulkes and John Alexander. This talk will be held at Ballyearl Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey.

7:30 p.m. Code breaking workshop – an interactive session on breaking codes from around the world - suitable for all ages with Vicky Worpole.

Friday 15th February

10:00 a.m. An Enigma machine and other coding and spy equipment will be on display at the museum until lunch time.

John Alexander is a leading private collector of coding machines and lectures extensively on the mainland. Ian Foulkes is a Museum Warden and lecturer at the Royal Signals Museum, Blandford. Vicky Worpole is the Education Officer at Bletchley Park.

The museum will be closed to the general public each morning, Monday to Thursday, so that a spying exercise designed for primary school pupils called ‘Operation Whitespots’ can take place. Two new exhibitions will also be on display at the museum The first is the story of the alleged German spy who lived in the Whitespots area, near Conlig, during World War 1 and the second is the remarkable untold work during World War 2 and beyond of the Gilnahirk Wireless Station. The enigma machine will be on view throughout the week.

Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Museums Council and funded by the Big Lottery Fund


(All events are free of charge to the general public and held at the Somme Heritage Centre unless specified otherwise. No booking is required but admittance is on a first come first served basis.)

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy New Year 2008

May I wish our members and readers a Happy and successful New Year!

I look forward to a good year as we have 2 public lectures planned plus a dinner arranged in the Houses of Parliament, London.

The first lecture will be in February followed by our annual St. Patricks lecture in March. Keep an eye on the website for more info.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

'Wear your poppy with pride'


As November 11th approaches us remember to buy a poppy and wear it with pride.

"We will remember them."

You can also support the poppy appeal in other 'digital' ways see here.

Poppies are available in the Students' Union shop.

Or alternatively donate online here. On Facebook? See here.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Student elections!

Student elections happen tomorrow and Wednesday to the Student Representative Council (SRC for short). It is important that you turnout and register your vote.

A list of the candidates can be found on the SU website.

We ask you to vote and maximise your vote by transferring to fellow unionists.

Voting is by Queen's Online

Polls open from 7am tomorrow morning closing on Wednesday 31st at 5pm.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Institute of Irish Studies, QUB - Seminar Series

Queen’s University, Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies
International Research Initiative

Public Lecture/Seminar Series 2007-8

October – December 2007

31 October 2007:

5pm, G9 Lanyon Building, QUB Public Lecture:

‘Luck and the Irish’

Speaker: Professor Roy Foster (University of Oxford)

15 November 2007:

5pm, 21.101, PISP, 21 University Square, QUB

Research Seminar:

‘Rethinking the NI Civil Rights Movement’

Speaker: Dr Simon Prince (University of Oxford)

3 December 2007:

5pm, 21.101, PISP, 21 University Square, QUB

Research Seminar: ‘Gladstone and Irish Politics Reconsidered’

Speakers: Dr Eugenio Biagini (University of Cambridge) & Professor Paul Bew (QUB)

13 December 2007:

5pm, 21.101, PISP, 21 University Square, QUB

Research Seminar:

‘From Loyalty to Resistance: The Orange Order in a Changing Ulster, 1963-2007’

Speaker: Dr Eric Kaufmann (Birkbeck College, London)


For further details, please contact:

Professor Richard English (r.english@qub.ac.uk, 02890 973328) or Dr Dominic Bryan (d.bryan@qub.ac.uk, 02890 973386)

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

For Queen's and Ulster!

The Ulster Society @ Queen's

Setup to promote, secure and educate the Ulster culture at Queen's.


Join TODAY!

E-mail: ulster-society@qub.ac.uk for an application form

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Graduate!?

Graduate of Queen's University!?

We've recently introduced a graduate membership - costing only £8 per annum.

Please make all applications to ulster-society@qub.ac.uk

Or send contact details and or money to:

FAO Andrew Charles/Thomas Hogg
The Ulster Society
Franklin House
10-12 Brunswick Street
BELFAST
BT2 7GE
NORTHERN IRELAND

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ATTENTION: Get your Ulster hoodie!






Dear Member/Associate,


The Ulster Society at Queen's is currently in the process of ordering up dedicated Ulster Society hoodies. If you are interested in one please e-mail your name, telephone number and e-mail address to ulster-society@qub.ac.uk


They will cost in the region of £20-25 - a bargin! So keep warm and show off your Ulster colours at the same time during the winter months!

Keep warm for ULSTER!

In addition to this we are also taking orders for Ulster Society ties which cost only £16. And while we're at it get your Ulster Society Pin badge, costing only £3! Ulster Society pens also on sale for only £1 - a bargin!

All profits go towards Ulster Society funds.




Yours fraternally,



Andrew David Charles B.A.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

From strength-to-strength

TODAY marked Freshers Day at Queen's Students' Union where the Ulster Society, at Queen's increased its membership by over 200 percent!

Queen's Ulster Society President, Andrew Charles said after a busy day that this demonstrated that the society was growing "from strength-to-strength" and that it demonstrated that the Ulster Society was an important organisation, not only at Queen's, but in Northern Ireland "in the promotion of our history, culture, legend and sport".

He added: "On behalf of the committee I would like to welcome all those who joined up and indeed welcome all those new students' to Queen's as a graduate and current postgraduate of the University".

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Join the Ulster Society Bebo Band!

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Attention Freshers

As another generation of students' is about to embark on Queen's I call the attention of any Freshers (or indeed current students') interested in the Ulster Society.

We intend to have a presence at Freshers Day, Wednesday 26th September (put that in your diary).

You can come and join up then, or to save any hassle e-mail us at ulster-society@qub.ac.uk with your name, address and student number.

Membership ONLY costs - £3 - and every NEW member will receive a FREE Ulster Society Badge normally costing £3 on its own!

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Liberty Days Festival

Liberty Days Festival on this weekend in association with the York Island Arts and Heritage Association.

Thursday 23rd to Monday 27th August 2007 at the National Trust Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield, Co. Down.

For more info check out: http://www.libertydaysfestival.com/index.html

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Society seeks out former members

I am keen to find former members of the Ulster Society at Queen's.

Were you involved in anyway? A founding member perhaps, hold a position of office or just a regular meeting attendee?

Tell me your story: ulster-society@qub.ac.uk

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Circular VI

“The claim of the Gael to Ireland is by the sword only,
and by the sword was it reclaimed in later days by the
descendants of these ancient peoples - namely the Belgic
Dalriata and the Cruthin.”
Dr Ian Adamson OBE.

Hello Everyone,

In this Letter:
1. Paintball Team Building.
2. Next Formal Meeting.
3. Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz
4. Society Events Calendar (Provisional).
5. Merchandise.
6. Student Representative Councillors.


First of all I hope you all had an excellent Christmas, and are looking forward to a Happy and Prosperous New year, and that all your examinations went well.

1. Talking of exams, the best way for you to ‘de-stress’ after the hard revision and examinations season is to come with us to “The Ulster Society Paintball Teambuilding Extravaganza”.
We have arranged a paintballing trip to coincide with the gap between the end of the exams period and the new semester. It will be taking place on Saturday, 27th January 2007. The society shall be footing the transport bill (bus to Monaghan from Belfast and back), so the only cost shall be the paintball itself which is only £30 p.p. (Add in a little extra for more paintballs on the day). Places are limited (25-30), so if you are interested, please send us an e-mail at ulster-society@qub.ac.uk a.s.a.p. More information about money collection and bus location etc. will be posted on the website early next week. This is fantastic value, snap it up!

2. The next formal meeting will be on Tuesday 30th January 2007 at 6PM.

There will be a showing of the small movie “Brethren In Arms” – The stirring story of the 1798 rising in Down, a fascinating re-examination of the ’98 rebellion.

This will also be an opportunity for those who have not yet signed up for membership to do so, for the sum of £3.

The topics for discussion will be:

  • Motions and Questions for the SRC on Thursday 8th February 2007.
  • Quotations and Design for Society Hoodies (ongoing).
  • Other Merchandise.
  • Website and Publicity.
  • New “Voice of Ulster” Online Songbook launch reaction.
  • Paintball reaction.
  • Preparations for events namely:FormalInvitational LectureOther Talks
  • New members.
  • Other Business.


3. The Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz on Tuesday nights remains a very valuable source of club funds. We have received £200 for our society so far! However, to maintain this success we need your help. For a bit of fun and to help the cause, come on down to the speakeasy at 9:30 Pm every Tuesday from Tues 30th January (as far as we’re aware)! More info here. Keep an eye on the website for more details.

4. Society Events Calendar (Provisional).

Formal Meeting Schedule
Monday 20th November 2006
Tuesday 5th December 2006
Tuesday 30th January 2007
Tuesday 27th February 2007
Tuesday 27th March 2007
Monday 23rd April 2007 – Annual General Meeting (Officer Elections)

Informal Meeting Schedule
Every Tuesday Night – Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz
Student Representative Council Meetings

Events
Saturday 27th January 2007 – Team Building Trip Paintballing to Monaghan
Thursday 15th March 2007 – Annual Ulster Society Invitational Lecture
Friday 30th March 2007 – Ulster Society Annual Formal Dinner and Ceilidh Dance

5. Currently and Soon to be available merchandise from the Ulster Society.

Ulster Society Membership Pin Badge - £3
Ulster Society Membership Ties - £15
Ulster Society Hoodies are in the process of being ordered but here’s a sneak preview and before you ask, yes, it will be available in Navy too.
There is also a range of books available through us from the National Ulster Society; this will be available soon on the website.

For more information on any of this merchandise or to order, send us an e-mail.

6. Student Representative Councillors, if you have motions for the next council meeting, please make sure you come to ours, or at least inform us of them, so that the rest of the members can be prepared for their content.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Floreat Ultonia!

Graham Steven Barton
President
Ulster Society


Ps. Circular I is available on our website here. This should be the first stop for those looking to find the benefits of joining the society.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Circular V

ULSTER NEEDS YOU!
JOIN THE QUEEN'S ULSTER SOCIETY!


“My Ulster Blood is my most priceless heritage…”
United States President James Buchanan.


Hello Everyone,

In this Letter:
1. Next Formal Meeting.
2. Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz
3. Society Events Calendar (Provisional).
4. Student Representative Councillors.


1. The next formal meeting will be held in Room 203 of the PFC (Peter Froggatt Centre) on Tuesday 5th December 2006 at 6PM.

Our guest speaker will be Gordon Lucy from the National Ulster Society. Who will present a small talk on the topic of Colonel Edward James Saunderson, 1st Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party who died 100 years ago this year.

This will also be an opportunity for those who have not yet signed up for membership to do so, for the sum of £3.

The topics for discussion will be:

  • Motions and Questions for the SRC on Wednesday 13th November 2006.
  • Quotations and Design for Society Hoodies.
  • Website and Publicity.
  • Preparations for events namely:
    Paintball “Team Building”
    Formal
    Invitational Lecture
    Other Talks
  • New members.
  • Other Buisness.


2. The Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz on Tuesday nights remains a very valuable source of club funds. We have received £200 for our society so far! However, to maintain this success we need your help. For a bit of fun and to help the cause, come on down to the speakeasy at 9:30 Pm every Tuesday! More info here.

3. Society Events Calendar (Provisional).

Formal Meeting Schedule
Monday 20th November 2006
Tuesday 5th December 2006
Tuesday 30th January 2007
Tuesday 27th February 2007
Tuesday 27th March 2007
Monday 23rd April 2007
– Annual General Meeting (Officer Elections)

Informal Meeting Schedule
Every Tuesday Night – Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz
Student Representative Council Meetings
Wednesday 24th January 2007 – Paintball Money Pre-payment

Events
Saturday 27th January 2007 – Team Building Trip Paintballing to Monaghan
Wednesday 21st March 2007 – Annual Ulster Society Invitational Lecture
Friday 30th March 2007 – Ulster Society Annual Formal Dinner and Ceilidh Dance


4. Student Representative Councillors, if you have motions for the next council meeting, please make sure you come to ours, or at least inform us of them, so that the rest of the members can be prepared for their content.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Floreat Ultonia!

Graham Steven Barton
President
Ulster Society


Ps. Circular I is available on our website here. This should be the first stop for those looking to find the benefits of joining the society.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Circular IV

“The combat deepens. On, ye brave,
Who rush to glory, or the grave!
Wave, Ulster, all thy banners wave!
And charge with all thy chivalry!”
A Paraphrase of "Hohenlinden" by Sir Randolf Churchill.


Hello Everyone,

In this Circular:
1. Formal Meeting.
2. Victory at Pub Quiz.
3. Poster campaign.
4. New members.



1. In this circular I’d like to bring your attention to our first formal meeting for this year (details below). This will be an opportunity for those who were unable to sign up on freshers day to do so, for the paltry sum of £3.

The topics for discussion will be:

  • Motions and Questions for the SRC on Tuesday 28th November 2006.
  • Quotations and Design for Society Hoodies.
  • Website and Publicity.
  • Preparations for events namely:Paintball “Team Building”FormalInvitational LectureOther Talks
  • Contacts with international student societies.
  • Affiliation with the National Ulster Society.
  • New members.
  • Other Buisness.

This will be the first of a set of formal meetings throughout the academic year, which can be seen on the attached poster. These do not include our special events (formal, lecture, e&c.).

The meeting will be held in the David Kerr Building, Room 209 at 6PM, on Monday, 20th November 2006.


2. It is my pleasure to announce our victory at the Clubs and Societies Pub Quiz on Tuesday. We received £200 for our society! However, to maintain this success we need your help. For a bit of fun and to help the cause, come on down to the speakeasy at 9:30 Pm every Tuesday! More info here.


3. The attached poster will be placed around the campus, and your assistance in this regard would be very valuable. Please print off a few posters and pin them up around your normal working area, special commercially printed posters are being made at this time and will also be being put up, specifically in the union boards.


4. If you cannot attend the meeting on Monday but would still like to join, do not worry, there are other meetings planned as can be seen from the poster, and if you can not wait until then, please contact our e-mail address and our Treasurer will get in contact with you.


Those of you who are now councillors of the SRC are to be congratulated, and if you have motions for the next council meeting, please make sure you come to ours, or at least inform us of them, so that the rest of the members can be prepared for their content.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Floreat Ultonia!

Graham Steven Barton
President
Ulster Society


Ps. Circular I is available on our website here. This should be the first stop for those looking to find the benefits of joining the society.

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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
March

The Ulster Society Formal
March

Concert
April

Boyne Valley Picnic
June

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

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