Kilmore Branch Club has been keeping the Crimson Flag flying in North Armagh since 1908. No doubt Joseph Winter who signed the Club’s first minutes on February 1908 would be delighted to learn of his grandson and great great grandsons being members of the Club 105 years later.
Ironically, Kilmore Mitchelburne has been a very strong link to another of the Brave Thirteen, namely the Rev George Walker was appointed Rector of the Parish in 1664. He was buried in Kilmore Church in 1677.
The Club meets in Ballyleary Orange Hall close to Stonebridge Roundabout on the Armagh to Portadown Road. It draws its members from the Richill area. The Clubs a full set of minute books from 1908 and these reflect the changing habits from fashions of the day. A constant in the minute’s books is the desire to commemorate the Siege Of Derry and its lessons and importance to the Ulster Protestants.
Kilmore Club was honoured to host the 2008 Easter Monday demonstration as it celebrated being in business for one hundred years. Club membership is around 30 and in 2013 the Club was led around the streets of Londonderry by Derryfubble Accordion Band. The Club banner was spotted by eagle eyed members in a BBC documentary on the Siege aired earlier this year.
The Club approaches the future determined to value our Apprentice Boys history and heritage.