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.


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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Paul Bew Lecture

At the public lecture, organised by the Ulster Society at Queen's, Lord Professor Paul Bew explored the Foundations of Northern Ireland.

From the Craig-Collins Pact to the talks of the 1990s Professor Bew drew interesting parallels between the two periods of Northern Irelands history.

Above: Members of the Ulster Society with Lord Bew in their new hoodies

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Lecture: 'The Foundations of Northern Ireland'

Public Lecture, exploring:

'The Foundations of Northern Ireland'

You are invited to attend a lecture exploring the foundations of Northern Ireland. This will take place on Tuesday 19th February 2008 at 8 PM in the Lanyon Building, Room 1.21.

Guest speaker:

Lord Professor Paul Bew (School of Politics, QUB)

Download flyer:

Map to Venue (Lanyon Building): Map%20to%20Lanyon%20121.JPG

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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.


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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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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Ulster-Scots evening

On Friday 18th January members of the Ulster Society attended a dinner in celebration of Ulster-Scots hosted by Mayor Myreve Chambers.

Money raised was in aid of Cancer Research U.K.

Pictured in photo from right to left:
Deputy President Thomas W. Hogg, President Andrew D. Charles, Dr. Ian Adamson (Hon. Life member), Mrs Kerry Adamson, Mr Jack Gallagher & wife.

Pictured from right to left:
Past President & Hon. Life Member Graham S. Barton L.L.B., President Andrew D. Charles, Deputy President Thomas W. Hogg, Mayor of Castlereagh Myreve Chambers, South Belfast MLA Cllr Jimmy Spratt & North Down MLA Cllr Peter Weir (Hon. Life Member)


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ulster members attend Royal York Dinner

AT a dinner hosted by Royal York LOL 145 members attended in what was a very enjoyable evening.

Photos can be found on Flickr


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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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Happy Graduation!

On behalf of the Ulster Society at Queen's I wish all new, Christmas graduates well on their special occasion!


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Remembrance Sunday

Some photos courtesy of the Democratic Unionist Association of Remembrance Sunday are available here

Ulster Society and official photographs to follow soon.


Sunday, November 04, 2007

November meeting

Tuesday 6th November 2007
Peter Froggatt Centre, room 209
Guest speaker: Gordon Lucy, Director of the National Ulster Society

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Social Event


Wednesday 31st October – 8.30pm

Morton Community Centre
(Lower Windsor Avenue take the first right and it’s opposite the Chinese Christian Church)

Eternity Socials –

Admission Fee



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 (, 02890 973328) or Dr Dominic Bryan (, 02890 973386)

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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:

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Monday, May 28, 2007

End of Year Formal Dinner

End of Year Formal Dinner

Radisson Hotel (Ormeau Road)

14th June 2007

Formal / Semi-Formal Dress

Ticket Only: limited, £30 Dinner, £10 Dance Only



Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ulster-Scots Concert Information

Student Community Action in conjunction with Queen's Ulster-Scots presents an evening of Ulster-Scots Culture.

Mandela Hall
Queens University Students Union
Tuesday 27th March 8pm- Late
Tickets Free
Please R.S.V.P. to or 02890971050

Tickets can be got from Students Union foyer or by contacting Edward on 02890971050

Other details:
Union Website


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ulster-Scots Showcase Free Concert

Thursday 15th March, Ulster Society Annual Invitation Lecture

Thursday 22nd March, Ulster-Scots Formal Dinner and Dance

Tuesday 27th March, FREE Ulster-Scots Concert


Annual Society Lecture

Ulster Society Annual Lecture

Guest lecturer:
Gordon Lucy
Ulster Society, Cross of St. Patrick, Fellowship of Patrick


The Authentic Patrick
Lecture Theatre
Elmwood Learning and Teaching Centre
Thursday 15th March 2007

The Patrick with which we are so familiar is in many ways the creation of myth, legend and tradition. As R.P.C Hanson observed:

‘all the exciting and glamorous features that tradition has added to Patrick must be removed if we wish to know what he was really like. And yet the historical Patrick is more interesting and more worth studying than all these gaudy later traditions…’

Let us strip away all these later accretions and discover the man whom Professor Hugh Kearney has accurately described as 'the first clearly recognisable individual personality in British history'.



Monday, February 26, 2007

'Saint Patrick: His Relevance Today'

The national Ulster Society are holding their annual St Patrick's Day event on Friday the 9th of March entitled 'St Patrick: His Relevance Today'. The event will take place at 7:30pm in All Saints' Church Centre, Canterbury Street, Belfast. All Saints' is the Church in University Street beside the Holiday Inn and the Church Centre is immediately behind the Church.

There will be short presentations by four panellists, which will include Ms Maureen Mackin, Mr Roger Bradley and Mrs Anne Smyth LL.B. Mr William Scholes, the religious affairs correspondent of the Irish News, has already kindly consented to chair the proceedings this year. There will also be an opportunity for some audience participation.

As last year there will be a display of Scottish and Irish dancing by Bright Lights and a light supper will be provided afterwards. It will also be possible to purchase Ulster Society publications on the evening at the society bookstall.

In order to defray the cost of the event there will be a nominal entrance fee of £3. This represents spectacularly good value for an informative and enjoyable evening.


Saturday, January 27, 2007

Members Attend Regimental Dinner

Ulster Society members Graham Barton (President), Andrew Charles and Thomas Hogg (Secretary) attend the Regimental Dinner of the York Fencibles, associated with Royal York L.O.L. 145. Also shown in this photograph, Lord Laird of Artigarvan (UUP), Lord Rogan of Lower Iveagh (UUP), Dr. James Laird (W.M. 145), Mervyn Bishop (Grand Treasurer GOLI) and The Honourable David Laird (Lynx Productions).


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Happy Burns Night!

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some would eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Paintball Teambuilding 27th January 2007

Stressed out by Exams and Christmas, want a way to get rid of all that tension and have a good time too, then we present ...
“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 or have some questions, please send us an e-mail at a.s.a.p. so we can mark you down. 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!