Welcome to the website of Ballyrea L.O.L. 309
Ballyrea L.O.L. 309 was founded in 1895 and is a member of Killylea District in Co. Armagh. Their Orange Hall is 3 miles to the west of Armagh City. The Lodge currently has around sixty members, making it the largest Lodge in the District.
Ballyrea Flute Band is synonymous with the Lodge and is well known and respected across the province, hosting one of the largest band parades in Co.Armagh each 1st July.
12th JULY 2014
Markethill hosted the annual Twelfth demonstration for Co. Armagh and was designated 'Flagship status' by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. A memorable day was enjoyed by all, helped by the favourable weather. The day began with an early start at Ballyrea Orange Hall and the band led the Lodge the short distance to meet up with the Killylea District buses before their journey to Markethill. A short wait in Markethill enabled everyone to see the host District lead off the parade at 9.30am. Markethill District was followed by Richhill District and then Killlylea. Great crowds lined the route through the village especially on the Mowhan Road out to the demonstration field. The return journey in the afternooon encountered a few light showers but the enthusiasm of the band and Lodge members was not dampened. Upon return to the hall, a delicious meal had been prepared by the ladies as is the custom and was enjoyed by all. Another Twelfth was brought to a close.
Prior to departing for Markethill, W.M. Andrew Orr had the pleasure of presenting Bro. John McCauley with his 50 year membership jewel and certificate.
12th JULY 2013
This year's annual Twelfth demonstration in Newtownhamilton will be remembered for the glorious weather which saw record temperatures and brilliant sunshine throughout the day. Ballyrea LOL 309 began the parade through the border town with the rest of Killylea District and for the first time in many years, the lodge members paraded in shirt sleeves such was the heat. The band was in fine tune and looked smart in their navy shirts. Upon their return to the hall in the evening, lodge and band members were treated to a beautiful meal prepared by the ladies of the lodge and W.M. Andrew Orr expressed thanks on behalf of the lodge.
12th JULY 2012
This year's annual Twelfth demonstration for Co. Armagh took place in Keady. Given the poor weather in the preceding weeks, it was great to see a warm, sunny day welcome everyone to the South Armagh town. The demonstration field on the Crossmore Rd was certainly 'soft under foot' especially when the parade was departing in the afternoon. A great turnout of Lodge members from Ballyrea was commented upon by many spectators. Pictures are available in the Picture Gallery.
Upon return to Ballyrea Orange Hall, the WM, Chris Kelsall had the pleasure of presenting another lodger member, Bro. Noel McCrum with his 50 year membership jewel and certificate.
ANNUAL BAND PARADE 2012
The Annual Band Parade took place this year on Monday July 2nd and fortunately was blessed with good weather. The parade was a great success with 49 bands attending. For a full report and videos click on BAND SCENE.
LONG SERVING MEMBERS
Two members of Ballyrea LOL 309 have reached the terrific achievement of fifty years membership of the Orange Order. Stanley Jenkins and Thomas Marshall passed this milestone on July 12th 2011. Pictured below is WM Chris Kelsall presenting Tommy Marshall with his 50 year Jewel.
12th JULY 2011
The Annual Twelfth demonstration in Co Armagh took place in Killyea and glorious weather and huge crowds made it a Twelfth to remember. Killylea District were first on parade at 10.00am and the parade commenced on the main Armagh Road and travelled through the village, down the main street and along the Caledon Road to the Demonstration field. The route was lined with spectators who enjoyed the colourful spectacle in the warm sunshine. Ballyrea LOL 309 was one of the largest Lodges on parade and received many favourable comments on their smart turnout.
The return parade in the afternoon was along the same route and members along with the band returned to Ballyrea Orange Hall for tea which the ladies of the Lodge had prepared rounding off another successful 12th July for Ballyrea.
For a video of Ballyrea on parade in Killylea, click on the link below.
1st July BAND PARADE 2011
The Annual Band Parade was a great success with 45 bands attending. For a full report and videos click on BAND SCENE.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Friday 5th November - CHARITY CONCERT - 8.00pm
In aid of the Chest Heart & Stroke Association
Special Guests include Billy McFarland and Kenny Archer
Sunday 14th November - Remembrance Day Service - 7.30pm
Organised by Killylea RBP 26
Saturday 4th December - CHRISTMAS DINNER - 8.00pm
Phone Eric to book tickets by Nov 29th.
Special Visitor to Ballyrea
The August monthy meeting of the Lodge was notable for a special overseas visitor, Bro Jim Morton, a former W.M. of Ballyrea LOL 309, currently living in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. Bro. Morton and family were back home for a family wedding and Jim took the opportunity to catch up with some of the members in Ballyrea at their monthly meeting. Now a member of LOL 313 in Ontario Canada, Bro Morton spoke to members on how his new Lodge compared with Ballyrea and reported that there was no major Twelfth parade apart from in Toronto. Bro. Morton then presented the members of Ballyrea with a Canadian flag for display in their hall.
Ballyrea W.M. Sam Wilson made a presentation to Bro Morton of an official LOL 309 tie, (see photo below). Best wishes were passed to the Morton family for a safe journey back to Canada.
Ballyrea Boyne Defenders participated once again in the Annual Black Demonstration in Scarva on July 13th.
Click on the link below to see Ballyrea on parade.
12th July 2010
This year the Co Armagh Twelfth Parade took place in Lurgan. An early start at Ballyrea Orange Hall saw the band and Lodge members parade the short distance along the Baltarren Road to meet the rest of Killylea District. Arriving in Lurgan shortly after 10.00am, the District paraded from the Mourneview area towards the town centre. The sunny weather had brought thousands of spectators out along the parade route to watch the colourful spectacle. The demonstration field was at historic Brownlow House in Lurgan Park and there was time for everyone to relax and watch the parade before the return parade at 3.30pm.
Returning home, in a repeat of last year, members and families were forced to make another detour to avoid disturbances on Armagh's Ring Road. The band and lodge finally paraded, from the Navan up to the hall at Ballyrea. Following the playing of the National Anthem, everyone retired to the hall for tea which the ladies of the lodge had prepared, rounding off another successful Twelfth for Ballyrea.
Click on the link below to view Ballyrea on parade in Lurgan
1st July Band Parade
The Band held their Annual Band Parade and burning of Lundy Celebrations on Thursday 1st July.
Members and guests recently hels a successful BBQ in the hall with well over 100 attending.
2009 12th July Celebrations
This year's Twelfth Celebrations took place on Monday July 13th with the City of Armagh as the County venue. An early start at Ballyrea Orange Hall saw the band and Lodge members parade the short distance along the Baltarren Road to meet the rest of Killylea District. Arriving in Armagh shortly after 9.30am, the District paraded through the city centre and on towards the field on the Hamiltonsbawn Road. Thousands of spectators had gathered along the route to watch the colourful spectacle. The weather was dry and sunny, contrary to what had been predicted. Once at the demonstration field the band made a quick return to the start of the parade route as they had accepted an invitation to lead one of the Bessbrook lodges to the field. An early departure in the afternoon meant everyone was on parade again at 2.30pm.
For the second year running Armagh's Ring Road was deemed unsafe for the Killylea District buses to travel through and a security alert in the afternoon was followed by serious hijacking and rioting later that evening. Safely back home the band and lodge paraded, as is tradition, from the Navan up to the hall at Ballyrea. Following the playing of the National Anthem, lodge and band member retired to the hall for their tea which the ladies of the lodge had prepared rounding off another successful Twelfth for Ballyrea.
1st July 2009 Band Parade
A report and videos of this year's parade can be found in the Band Scene section.
2008 12th July Celebrations
Ballyrea LOL 309 celebrated the Twelfth in customary fashion with an enjoyable day at the County Parade in Tandragee. An early start at Ballyrea Orange Hall saw the band and Lodge members parade the short distance along the Baltarren Road to meet the buses from Killylea District. Arriving in Tandragee shortly after 9.30am, Killylea District soon formed up and followed Richhill District from the assembly field into the town centre where thousands of spectators had gathered to watch the colourful spectacle. There was a light shower as the lodge arrived in Tandragee but the weather inproved throughout the day and the afternoon parade home was in glorious sunshine. Soon everyone arrived at the main field on the Old Scarva Road. Lodge members went for their customary tea and sandwiches at Lislooney's tent but for the band it was a quick dash back to the start of the parade route as they had accepted an invitation to lead Armagh lodge, Kildarton, to the field. An early departure in the afternoon meant everyone was on parade again at 2.30pm and the homeward parade was watched by even larger crowds who packed the main street. Safely back home with a police escort and diversion to avoid Armagh's Ring Road, the band and lodge completed their final 'walk' of the day from the Navan up to the hall at Ballyrea. Following the playing of the National Anthem, lodge and band member retired to the hall for their tea which the ladies of the lodge had prepared much to their credit.That evening, dancing and entertainment rounded off another successful Twelfth for Ballyrea.
12th July 2008 Preparations
Preparations are well underway for the Twelfth Celebrations being held this year in Tandragee. Members will be meeting at 7.45am and departing for the buses at the end of the Baltarren Road at 8.30am. As usual there will be a dance in the Hall that evening and members and guests will all be welcome.
Ballyrea LOL 309 12th July 2007
Ballyrea Boyne Defenders 12th July 2007
Lodge, Band, Friends & Family 12th July 2007
2008 Band Parade
A report on the Annual Band parade on 1st July has been added in the Band Scene section.
Photographs from the Lodge Christmas Dinner have been added on the Pictures page.
Email from Australia
The Lodge was delighted to reveive an email from the grandson of one of the founder members of Ballyrea LOL 309, William John Leeman, who went on to serve as W.M. between 1904 - 1922.
Bernard Leeman, currently living in Australia sent a number of photographs of his Grandfather (see below) and his wife Mary (nee McMaster). His father, William James Townsley Leeman
(1895-1949) was a soldier in both World Wars, a hunter, planter and labour agent in Songea in Tanzania. Bernard is an academic and spent 16 years based in Tanzania as a military intelligence officer.
It is a pleasure to receive such photographs and they will be put on display in our Hall in the near future.
W.M. visits Westminister
The W.M. of Ballyrea LOL 309, Sam Wilson was honoured to receive an invitation to the Palace of Westminister to attend a Dinner to celebrate the birth of King William III.
Pictured with Sam are Bro. Jeffrey Donaldson MP and Orange Order Grand Master, Robert Saulters.
W.M. visits The Somme
Pictured are W.M. Sam Wilson with his father, Bro Bob Wilson of LOL 94 during a recent visit to France when they paid their respects to members of the Orange Institution who gave their lives during the Great War and are remembered at the war memorial at the Somme.
A photograph from the recent Orange Ball held in the hall.
The 2007 marching season has commenced and the Band have already attanded a number of parades including Killylea, Newry and Lurgan.
Ballyrea Community Group has also been active since the new year and a number of events were arranged including a Walking Tour of Armagh.
1st JULY BAND PARADE
This year's parade was held on Monday 2nd July and unfortunately the weather was not very favourable with light rain at the start of the parade turning to a downpour midway through it. Nevertheless, the night was successful with 46 bands attending including six who had not been the previous year, Armaghbreague Pipe, Portadown Defs, RHD Downpatrick, Markethill Prod. Boys, POH Rathfriland and the newly formed Upper Bann Fusiliers.
The hightlight as usual was the annual burning of Lundy at the end of the evening after Ballyrea had paraded the village.
For a full list of all bands who attended see the full report in the Band Scene section.
12th JULY CELEBRATIONS
This year's 12th July parade was held in Loughgall and the poor Summer weather was maintained as heavy rain started while the band and Lodge were in the assembly field waiting for the main parade to start. Showers continued throughout the morning but the afternoon turned out much better with the sun shining on the homeward journey.
Prior to departing for Loughgall the Lodge members all received new ties and gloves and photographs of the Lodge and Band were taken outside the hall.
In Loughgall many favourable comments were received on how well the Lodege was turned out.
Back at the hall the ladies had, as usual, prepared a delicious meal for everyone and that evening, musical entertainment had been laid on for all to enjoy rounding off yet another glorious twelfth.