Sir Jeffrey attended the launch and afterwards said,
“339 members of the Orange Order were murdered during the Troubles. Indeed, 47 years ago on this date at 10pm, 5 members were murdered in Tullyvalllen Orange Hall by the PIRA.
There has been an attempt by the leadership of Sinn Fein to claim that “there was no alternative” to the PIRA campaign of terror. This exhibition is a timely reminder that many people were murdered by terrorists simply because they were Protestant. It was sectarian.
This exhibition also reminds us that terrorism left incredible heartache and ruined homes. Whilst Sinn Fein lauds the terrorists, families in every county of Northern Ireland have never been able to move beyond the empty chair or the mental trauma.
I commend the Orange Order for remembering and I urge people to visit the exhibition.
We owe it to those who died and bear the scars to ensure no one is allowed to rewrite our history. All terrorism was always wrong. There was always an alternative.”
Entry to the exhibition is free.
Opening times are Thursday, 1st September - 12 noon - 9pm; Friday, 2nd September -10 am - 9pm; Saturday, 3rd September -10 am - 4pm.
Catering for groups is available during the exhibition and can be pre-booked for groups by contacting Brownlow House on 028 3832 6049.