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Edenderry’s Magnificent Arch

One of the most historic structures in Edenderry is the magnificent arch which is erected every year as part of the 12th of July celebrations.
Unfortunately, the committee had to take the unenviable decision not to erect the arch in 2007 for health and safety reasons. An arch has been erected in the Edenderry area for more than 100 years. The first arch was erected around the early 1900's and this was remodelled in 1907. In 1920,a third arch was constructed and erected by Bob Adair, Joe Pearson, Peter Kane, George Ramsey and Joe Robinson.
Between the two world wars, Harry Kane served as Chairman of Edenderry Arch Committee. After the second world war it was decided to erect a new arch in memory of Signalman Harry Kane who had been lost at sea during World War Two. The arch was designed and constructed in Portadown Foundry by voluntary labour. The arch comprised 1,372 separate pieces held together by 5,000 welds and 2,000 bolts.
On 11 July 1951 Mrs Sarah Kane,Harry's widow, unvieled the new Edenderry Arch. The arch has been erected every year since 1951. Chairmen of the arch committee since then have included Samuel Roney, Adrian Branyan, Ronald Roney and Eric Treanor who is the current chairman.
In 2004 the arch underwent a major refurbishment scheme costing £4,000 which utilised modern computer design and the latest plastic cladding materials. The whole structure was striped down to the original steel and sand blasted to remove 50 years of paint, rust and dirt. A dedicated team of volunteers, including women and children, spent most of June 2004 repainting and cladding the arch ready for its erection in time for the 1st of July celebrations.

Our New Arch has cost in the region of £25,000 and this ammount plus expenses has already been donated by the residents and past residents of the Greater Edenderry area and the wider general public. As yet NO fund raising events have taken place and we have been overwhelmed by the response of the general public to our Arch Appeal Fund. An important milestone was reached on St. Patrick’s Day 2008,with the installation of the new foundations and bases so that the arch would be ready for July of that year.
The Arch committee distributed 5000 envelopes in the greater Edenderry area and the committee, ably assisted by members of LOL 322 and RBP 80 organised the collection which brought in the staggering total of £6,000. The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have already contributed. We have to date, received generous support from local businesses, residents and the wider community from as far afield as Malaysia and Canada.

The official opening and dedication took place on 14th June 2008 and was marked by a community festival and a fireworks display to remember.

The opening ceremony was attended by Lord Trimble, Mr David Simpson MP, MLA, the Mayor of Craigavon Mr Sidney Anderson, Masters of Portadown Orange and Black Districts and representatives of Women's District. The Rev Kenneth Elliott and the Rev Stafford Carson performed the act of dedication. The arch is dedicated "To the Glory of God and in memory of all those who have laid down their lives for our country throughout history."

The main span of the new arch is constructed from non corrosive lightweight aluminium, the crown and the ships are from the old arch have been reused and all the graphics have been computer generated. The arch can be lifted into place by 2 men using pulley blocks in as little as 30 minutes.
Anyone still wishing to contribute to the new arch fund should make cheques payable to Edenderry Arch Committee
c/o Hon' Treasurer Trevor Bonis
39, Kernan Grove
Portadown
BT63 5RX
Mobile number 07733 128 059
Certificates for all monies will be issued by Edenderry Arch Committee.
Go to Articles Section to view Contribution Pledge form.



Uploaded Edenderry Arch Photos - click a photo to see an enlarged picture with further info.


Edenderry Arch at night
Edenderry Arch at night

Thanks to Stephen Coulter for this lovely photo of our arch on a lovely warm evening

Children's Entertainers at Opening of Arch
Children's Entertainers at Opening of Arch

Mr White, Mr Lyons and Miss Nellie (Samantha Branyan) ready to entertain the children

Fireworks Celebrate the Opening of Edenderry Arch
Fireworks Celebrate the Opening of Edenderry Arch

A twenty minute fireworks display brought to a close the community festival celebrating the opening of our new arch



Edenderry Arch Detail
Edenderry Arch Detail

Close up of arch showing detail

Presentation to Lord Trimble
Presentation to Lord Trimble

Mrs Ellen Roney presenting a framed photograph and medal of Edenderry Arch following the opening and dedication ceremony.

Presentation to David Simpson MP MLA
Presentation to David Simpson MP MLA

Mrs Ellen Roney presenting a framed photograph and medal of Edenderry Arch following the opening and dedication ceremony.



Edenderry Arch 14/06/2008
Edenderry Arch 14/06/2008

Edenderry new arch

Ready for Action
Ready for Action

The main span stand at the side of the road ready to stride the road.

First section of the new arch is raised
First section of the new arch is raised

The first new pole section is raised into place on the'dummy run'for our new arch.



The Lorry arrives with our New Arch
The Lorry arrives with our New Arch

Our new arch arrives in Edenderry Square for the first time

A safe touch down in EDENDERRY !!
A safe touch down in EDENDERRY !!

The arch arrives safely in Edenderry. Now the finer details have to be added. WATCH THIS SPACE !!

Centre of Main Spam
Centre of Main Spam

The centre piece of the main span ready for welding.

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Lights Out
Lights Out

PORTADOWN WAR MEMORIAL 10PM MONDAY 4 AUGUST.
LIGHTS OUT. Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, while supporting those affected by the consequences of war today. Please join with the rest of the UK on Monday 4th August at 10pm to collectively commemorate and honour the centenary of the First World War by turning off your lights for an hour leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.
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We are 10!

Happy Birthday to us!
Daryl Burke
Daryl Burke

The young fisherman lost in Lough Ree following a tragic fishing accident.

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