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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Fault lies with Dunloy Lodge

Dear Sir, May I take issue with the comments of Cllr John Finley (Ballymoney Times 2/9/15), when he states that: “And, once again, as we gather in Dunloy our civil and religious liberties are being denied to us by a police force and Parades Commission. . .” May I remind Mr Finley that, Rev. Dr. Warren Porter and I joined

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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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George Best – Role model?

Is he the Best role model for Order? Reading the article “Famous Red Devil who once wore orange – Football legend Best’s collarette to go on show at Orders new museum” by Nevin Farrell (BT 22 June) left me disturbed on two accounts: Firstly, is George Best, who was well known for much more than his football skills, really the

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Repeating Mistakes of the Past

I am sure that many from the unionist community were, like myself, distraught to hear the call of the Grand Master, Edward Stephenson, yesterday to: “encourage Orange brethren and our supporters to demonstrate their displeasure at the current situation by holding peaceful and legal protests across Northern Ireland, at times and locations of their choosing, over the coming weeks.” Have the

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Ardoyne Panel

Dear Sir, I am somewhat confused by the “much ado about nothing’ in relation to the ‘Ardoyne Panel’. This Panel was announced by the Secretary of State in October 2014 to report in January 2015. No members of the Panel were appointed at that time. The November edition of the Orange Standard proclaimed that “Rank and file members of the

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