“Drumcree: The Orange Order’s Last Stand” (Book Review)

“Drumcree: The Orange Order’s Last Stand” by Chris Ryder & Vincent Kearney Published by Methuen 2001 Price £12.99 The annual Drumcree Stand-off is, among other things, totally incomprehensible to many within the Catholic tradition.  For many, this book will I believe will go some way to help to explain, but not defend, the divisions which run deep in this Mid-Ulster

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St Therese of Lisieux ( Irish Times)

Irish Times Letters to the Editor Dear Sir, My admiration for people who see things which others fail to see, is only surpassed by my admiration for those who see things from the perspective of others. On that basis my admiration for Kevin Myers knows no bounds.  In his opinion piece on April 24th, he deserves my double admiration for

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Future of the Orange Institution

Where Now ? The Orange Institution’s often proclaimed Christian principles are  being brought into question by the events surrounding  the protest at Drumcree. While all Orangemen would support the right of Portadown District to complete their traditional walk home from Morning Prayer at Drumcree Parish Church, multitudes are distressed by the violence accompanying the protest. These shameful events witnessed on

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“UNDERSTANDING ORANGEISM”

“UNDERSTANDING ORANGEISM” To understand Orangeism, a movement which had its origins in the religious and political conflicts of the Europe of the seventeenth century, might well appear to be an impossible task as we enter the twenty-first century. The formation of the Orange Order or the Orange Institution in 1795, one hundred years after William’s Irish campaign, has often been

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The Orange Contribution to the 1798 Commemorations

Who Fears to Speak of ’98 (Ulster History Foundation) The Orange Contribution to the 1798 Commemorations   For anyone to attempt to ‘break new ground’ in and institutional organisation it is difficult enough.  In an Institution like the Orange Order, given its commitment to  “meddle not with them that are given to change:”  (Proverbs 24:21),  it is well  nigh impossible.

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