Exploring the rich tapestry of the Ulster Defence Regiment’s history, this web post delves into a captivating collection of paintings held by the Schomberg Society in Kilkeel. Unveiling the intricacies of home life within the Regiment during a turbulent era, these artworks vividly depict the inherent dangers faced by both part-time and full-time UDR soldiers.
Through compelling visuals and narratives, we illuminate the challenges of balancing life at home with service in Northern Ireland, during the Troubles. Additionally, we shed light on the enduring impact on families who continued to reside in the conflict zone that took their loved one away, providing a poignant glimpse into their lives and the profound effects on their well-being.
These paintings were produced by the Schomberg Society, Kilkeel, in conjunction with a number of local Mourne, B Company, 3 UDR veterans, towards the end of Operation Banner. They were painted by a local artist Ivan Pearson and local veterans worked along with Ivan to help design and produce each painting.
The series of paintings tells the story of a part-time UDR soldier, based in the heart of rural Mourne, from normal life before he enlisted through to his time in service, his death at the hands of terrorists and a young widow and family left behind to carry on the farm, as was the case in many rural areas throughout Northern Ireland during the period known as Operation Banner.
These paintings serve as a poignant reminder of the times during Op Banner, and offer a vivid portrayal of life as a home service, Ulster Defence Regiment soldier. They intricately capture a backdrop of challenges, sacrifices and the unique experiences that shaped the daily existence of those dedicated individuals serving at home.
Thank you to the Schomberg Society, Kilkeel, and to the local Mourne, B Company, 3 UDR veterans who created these pieces, so they could share their reality at the time (and after), with the generations who live in peace now due to their service and sacrifice.