After its formation after the ‘Battle of the Diamond’ in County Armagh in 1795, Orangeism spread rapidly over Ireland. Via the conduit of Yeomanry troops, the newly incarnated Orange movement was soon introduced to communities in which those troops were billeted, and lodges sprang up in every corner of the Island. …….
In its 3rd August 1968 edition, Connacht newspaper The Western People included an inch and a half column that many readers probably never even noticed. It reported that while digging for worms a Ballina angler had made an unusual discovery, a seal for stamping communications. What was most significant however was the …….
One of the first county’s to establish a County Grand Lodge, even as late as 1884 there were still a reported 400 active Orangemen in Sligo. At the turn of the 20th century 10 lodges were still operating under the County organisation including one in north-west Leitrim (Dromahaire) and one in Roscommon …….
Attitudes to the Great War have changed dramatically in Irish Nationalist communities during the past decade, with the transformation in opinion particularly striking across the Republic of Ireland. A general ambivalence to the events of the era has been gradually replaced with interest and even more- a desire to remember and …….
Tandragee town and the surrounding areas in the 16th and 17th centuries were the stronghold of the O’Hanlon clan. Its ancient history is largely lost to the depths of time, though the discovery of a 3000 year old statue (the Bronze age) within the town points to it having been an …….
Upon the advent of the first Home Rule Bill in 1886, Irish Unionism in partnership with the Orange Order canvassed Orange Lodges across the entirety of Ireland. The purpose was to establish the strength of feeling against the idea of Home Rule and the degree to which Orangemen in particular would …….
Like many other areas of Ireland, the English Crown Plantations of the 16th and 17th centuries would come to define the demographics and political battles of County Cavan for generations. County Cavan originally was regarded as part of the Province of Connacht until a de-facto transfer to Ulster in 1584, and …….
The story of pre-war Donegal is unsurprisingly entwined around the Home Rule debate. At the turn of the 20th Century the County’s population was a staggering 173,722, and while predominately Catholic and nationalist in character, it still was approximately 22% Protestant namely 38,000 people largely concentrated within the Eastern border. This …….
One of the lesser known Loyalist organisations of Ireland, following the announcement of the new Government of Ireland Bill in August 1892 (the 2nd Home Rule Bill) the Ulster Defence Union was an attempt to gather together as many different strains of Ulster Unionism as possible underneath one banner. It adopted …….
‘See the bayonets gleam, hark the roll of the drum; As the khaki-clad columns in close order come; Ah, the North may be proud of her record today, When the Ulster Division is up and away.’ March of the Ulster Division (Tune- ‘Bonnie Dundee’) Little needs said regarding the origins of …….