The 334th Annual Commemoration of the Shutting of the Gates

The 334th Annual Commemoration of the Shutting of the Gates returned to the full-scale event that it was pre-Covid. No hesitation in attendance, and a huge turnout of Apprentice Boys. We were back to being able to attend the Service of Thanksgiving in St. Columb’s Cathedral.

Parades, a packed Church Service, laying a wreath at Siege Heroes Mound, and the inevitable burning of Lundy, all combined to end a memorable year for the Murray Club and the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry. There was also a television crew recording for an episode of the ‘Long and Short of it’: well-known faces at the Shutting of the Gates, and to appear on TV sometime this coming year.

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Aghadowey Murray Initiation of Officers, Thursday 1 December.

Late November through to early January is a busy time, with Officers of the Parent Club endeavouring to have at least one representative at a Branch Club’s Installation of Officers, if at all practicable. Aghadowey was the closest meeting to the Shutting of the Gates. At the meeting Bro. Freddie Tannilhill was presented his 40 Year Service Jewel by the Governor. Following supper, Glenkeen Flute Band played some tunes. It was also an evening to welcome two new Members to Aghadowey: transferred in are Bros. James Gault and Nevin Brewster.