ANGER has been expressed at the demolition of an historic hall in Donaghmore.
Although the Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall on Church Street had lain derelict for many years, its stonework was well preserved, and plans were in place to restore the 105 year-old building as a musuem.
However, village residents were shocked to wake up one morning and find that the building had been razed to the ground, and its stones removed from the site.
The hall was one of the few surviving structures linked to the local branch of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which once had a popular following in the area.
A spokesperson for the Tyrone County Board of the AOH said the hall was historically important and a valuable part of Donaghmore’s heritage. Its destruction came as a shock to members of the local and national boards.
“This hall was erected at the turn of the century to the highest standards with local Carland stone”, said a spokesperson.
“It played an important part in community life over the years, and was the main church hall in Donaghmore for many years.
“These halls are a great treasure to the AOH, and are testimony to the AOH members who constructed them on a voluntary basis.
“We had been looking at plans to preserve this building and turn it into a musuem or exhibition centre.
“It might have fallen into disrepair, but it was over a hundred years old. With a little financial help it could have went on serving the commuinity for many years.”
The spokesperson said that the organisation did not possess any deeds of ownership of the building, but had been looking to take it over. He added that the AOH had referred the matter to its solicitors.
Right The pile of stones which is all that remains of the AOH Hall in Donaghmore.INTT4712-144ar.