Saturday, 4 June 2011

New Banner - Loughries True Blues LOL 1948

Are you beginning to get the theme / idea for Loughries New Orange Banner?

Well, here is another item to include in your thought process.

At the roundabout at the top of the Prince of Wales Avenue, is the statue of Lord Edward Carson. The 12ft figure stands on a granite plinth to which is attached four bronze plates depicting significant events from Lord Carson's political life.

The bronze statue by L.S. Merrifield, was financed by public subscription and was unveiled in June 1933. In a break from the norm, the statue was erected whilst the subject was still alive.

Lord Carson was a barrister, judge and politician. He was leader of the Irish Unionist Alliance and Ulster Unionist Party between 1910 and 1921, held numerous positions in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom and served as a Lord of Appeal in the Ordinary.

Carson is best known locally for his oratory skills and political stance in opposition to Home Rule for Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century, but he also came to prominence due to his involvement in many high profile legal cases, most famously in the trial of Oscar Wilde.

Upon his death, in 1935, Carson was one of the few non-monarchs to receive a United Kingdom state funeral.


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