A.G.M. of Bellaghy Historical Society, Tuesday, May 11th, 2010.
The minutes of last yearʼs A.G.M. were read by the secretary, Ciara Nic
Gabhann. They were passed and signed.
The treasurer, Pat Henry, presented the Financial Statement.
The chairman, Séamas Mc Erlean, reminded members of the upcoming
outing on June 17th to Belfast City Hall and to the Titanic Quarter. He asked
those interested in going to register their interest with the outing organisers,
Patricia Lowry and Mary Breslin.
Election of Officers facilitated by the nightʼs speaker, Clive Scoular.
Chairman Séamas Mc Erlean proposed by Mary Breslin
seconded by Patricia Lowry
Vice-Chairman Pat Brennan proposed by Margaret Evans
seconded by Séamas Mc Erlean
Secretary Ciara Nic Gabhann proposed by Séamas Mc Erlean
seconded by Mary Breslin
Treasurer Pat Henry proposed by Patricia Lowry
seconded by Margaret Evans
Committee Members re-elected en block: Sam Overend, Ena Hammond,
Margaret Evans, Dermot Keenan proposed by Séamas Mc Erlean
seconded by Ciara Nic Gabhann
Lifetime Honorary Members Patricia Lowry and Mary Breslin
Clive Scoular then gave a talk on The Theft of The Irish Crown Jewels from
Dublin Castle 1907. Or, to be more accurate, the star and badge consisting of
rubies, emeralds and diamonds mounted in silver, belonging to the Order of
St. Patrick. They had been given to the Order by King William IV in 1831.
Very expensive -valued in the 1830s at £65,000. There followed a story of
intrigue told in Cliveʼs most entertaining manner, involving Sir Arthur Vicars,
Keeper of Jewels and Herald of Ireland-based at Dublin Castle; Frank
Shackelton (brother of Earnest); Lord Aberdeen, Chancellor in Dublin Castle.
The jewels have never been found.
At end of the evening, the Chairman asked all committee members to remain
for a short meeting after the tea.