The Contribution of the Orange Order to Irish Society

Published on the ‘Political MindFields’ Blog Site By Rev Brian Kennaway 15/10/2015   When my book was reviewed in History Ireland (May/June 2006) the reviewer, Kevin Haddick-Flynn commented: “He seeks to convince us that the Order’s true values, enshrined in its ordinances and constitution, are compatible with tolerance and equality, and that a reformed Order, true to its history, would

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Orange Invitation

Dear Sir, It was one year ago that the Grand Master, Edward Stephenson speaking at Rossnowlagh  said: “I publicly invite the President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, to join us . . . next year”. I am sure that inquisitive people like myself would like to know the answer to three questions: Was there an official request

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Persistent bad behaviour undermines unionism and Orangeism

Irish Times 14th July 2015 Persistent bad behaviour undermines unionism and Orangeism Grand Orange Lodge has tried ‘every trick in the book’ to undermine Parades Commission   Believe it or not, this year marks the 20th anniversary of what has become known as “Drumcree”. It was the stopping of the return parade from morning prayer at Drumcree parish church on

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RECONCILIATION?

UNCONFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS RECONCILIATION? We need to hear genuine words of ‘abject and true remorse’ demonstrated in action.  In every society there is a need for uncomfortable conversations. Sometimes this need is ignored – like the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’. The issues, however, do not go away by being ignored. Others seek to address the discordant issues by ‘constructive ambiguity’, which

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The Ulster Banner

Understandable how flag error could be made. Although I did not see the programme to which “Northern Ireland Nationalist” makes reference ( Writeback 1 April), I wish to support his view. The “Ulster Banner” as it is sometimes called, is the flag of the “Executive Committee of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland”, was used from 1953 to 1972 by

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Ian R.K. Paisley

The Second Coming of Paisley by Richard Lawrence Jordan: Book Review In The Second Coming of Paisley: Militant Fundamentalism and Ulster Politics (Syracuse University Press, 2013), the American historian Richard Lawrence Jordan claims to provides us with some theological insights into the nature of Ian Paisley’s politics. The title may cause confusion. Some may think that ‘the second coming’ is

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Opposition to Scottish Referendum

Dear Sir, The Article by Liam Clarke given the headline “Orange march ‘boost for Yes vote’” (Belfast Telegraph 3 September) caused me to reflect on the history of Orange support for failed causes. From the inception of the Institution, the leadership at least, have opposed: The Catholic Emancipation Act. The Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. The Secret Ballot Act.

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