Orange Hall attacked in Cookstown


An Orange hall in Cookstown has been damaged following an overnight attack.

A boulder was thrown through a window of Cookstown District Hall, based in the Fairhill area of the Tyrone town. The building has only recently undergone renovation.

It is believed the crime occurred late on Monday night or during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Cookstown District spokesman, Trevor Wilson, condemned the actions of the perpetrators and questioned the motives of those responsible for the attack.

He said: “This is an attack not only on the Orange Institution but on the entire population of Cookstown, who use the hall as a facility for a range of community activities. Those responsible should be embarrassed by their actions, which are not reflective in any way whatsoever of the excellent neighbourly relations in the town.”

A Grand Lodge spokesman called for greater police resources to counter the ongoing sectarian attacks on Orange halls across the Province.

The Cookstown incident is the seventeenth reported attack on Orange property so far this year, and the second within the space of a fortnight.

On Halloween night, paint was thrown over the front wall of Drummurry Orange hall in Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh.