OVER 100 Fermanagh Orangemen, accompanied by their families, have climbed the highest point in the county – Cuilcagh Mountain – as part of a commemorative walk to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The near 10-mile trek, which took place last week, included an open air religious service at the peak, conducted by Grand Chaplain, Rev Stanley Gamble.
As well as paying their respects in an inventive way, the walk also raised funds for a number of charities including, Seafarers UK; ABF The Soldiers Charity; The RAF Association; Help for Heroes and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The organiser of the event, Bro Noel Johnston, said: “I am delighted the way my fellow brethren and their families rose to the challenge set, making it a very special day for all those taking part.
“During the act of worship and remembrance at the summit, I felt a very proud Orangeman as we remembered all those who both served, and lost their lives, in the First World War.”
County Grand Master of County Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge, Stuart Brooker, described it as ‘a day of friendship, fellowship, and achievement’.
“It proved very worthwhile for all taking part. It was an innovative event, and importantly, we also raised a substantial amount for our chosen charities.”
Cuilcagh Mountain is situated on the Fermanagh-Cavan border and with a height of 665 metres is the highest point in both counties.
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