St Patrick’s Donegall Street

Dear Sir, I was somewhat amazed to read the statement from the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast (B.T. 11/6/14), reference to St. Patrick’s, Donegall Street, which said “Building on the success of last year’s initiative, steps will also be taken to ensure no one on parade will stop outside the chapel”. It was on this same date last year

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The Ardoyne Conflict

Twaddell protesters in Ardoyne had a choice Everyone knows that the choices we make determine our future. This was the case at the beginning of the twentieth century when Ulster men and women chose to oppose Home Rule and later chose to join the Crown Forces to defeat Hitler’s rape of Europe. They were positive choices, which produced a positive

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First Anniversary of Orange template

Dear Sir, As we are given to marking anniversaries in this part of the world I wonder how the ‘Orange’ and ‘Black’ will be marking the first anniversary of the TEMPLATE issued on 11th June 2013. Readers may recall that this “Comprehensive Template – St Patrick’s, Donegall Street” undertook: – No part of any parade will stop outside St. Patrick’s.

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Parades violence does NOT display the CORE VALUES of the Orange or Black Institutions.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND 4th June 2014 Moderator, members of Assembly. I wish to speak in support of Resolution 22a. I joined the Loyal Orange Institution of Ireland in 1964. I did so after much prayer and reflection. I reflected on the core values of the Orange Order as revealed in their written documents, the Qualifications and

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Resolving the Parading Conflict

Resolving the Parading Conflict A number of groups have an influence and can make a positive contribution to resolving this conflict. ● The conflict over parading and protesting is a societal issue. Politicians need to step up to the mark and reflect the desires of their constituency, not a sectional interest within it. Politicians need to acquaint themselves with the

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Rural Vs Urban Orangeism

Dear Madam, I read with some interest the article “Mass rule is ‘destroying the Orange Order’” (24 April) May I point out that the Audit, to which the article refers, has only one reference to the rule which prohibits attendance at Mass – a rule which is kept in the breach! More importantly the Audit makes reference to the bad

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A Tale of two cities

Orangemen more closely bound in country than town – Parades Commissioner  by Rev Brian Kennaway After the Twelfth it was said that it was a ‘Tale of Two Cities’, referring to Londonderry and Belfast, contrasting the agreed parade and family atmosphere of Londonderry to the contention and violence in parts of Belfast. Charles Dickens began his classic novel ‘A Tale

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Orangemen and Sinn Fein

Dear Sir, I found the interview with the Deputy First Minister (19th August) most intriguing, particularly his statement that he could not fathom “why the ‘leaders’ of the Orange Order are not willing to meet with the Sinn Fein ‘leadership’.” In June 2005 the ‘leaders’ of the Order in Belfast met with the ‘leadership’ of Sinn Fein in West Belfast

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