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Countdown under way to Orange heritage week
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Orange Institution’s first ever heritage week will encompass history, culture and music, it has been confirmed.

The inaugural event, which runs from September 21 – 28, includes a programme of activities that celebrate and inform audiences about the origins and traditions of the Loyal Order, its membership, and its influence on wider society.

Among the events taking place are historical talks focusing on the origins of the Loyal Order, its role during the Home Rule period, and the service and sacrifice of Orangemen during the First World War.

A number of Orange halls across the Province will open their doors to the public, incorporating guided tours. A Lambeg drumming match will also take place in Co Antrim.

The timing of the initiative has historical and cultural relevance, commencing on the anniversary of the formation of the Institution in 1795.

To launch the week-long event, a lecture will take place at the Museum of Orange Heritage at Sloan’s House, Loughgall. The talk, by Rev Ron Johnstone, will affirm the Institution’s Christian ethos, concentrating on the legacy of Martin Luther, in this the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Heritage week will culminate on Ulster Day, marking the anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant by unionists in opposition to Home Rule in 1912.

Grand Master Edward Stevenson said the event would underline the Order’s ongoing relevance in contemporary society. “We believe Orange Heritage Week will contribute towards creating a greater understanding, and increased acceptance of the Institution, serving to foster better community relations,” he said.

“I would encourage all of our members, and more importantly the wider public, to get involved and show their support for this tremendous initiative.”

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Orange Heritage Week 2017

Programme of Events

 

September 21

Diamond Day lecture (Luther’s Legacy: Rev Ron Johnstone) - Museum of Orange Heritage, Loughgall, 8pm

September 23

Open day and talk (Orangeism and World War One: Dr Jonathan Mattison) – Banbridge Orange hall museum, 11am

Open day and tour – Carleton Street Orange hall, Portadown, 11am & 1pm

Lambeg drumming match – Burnside Orange hall, Antrim, 2.30 - 6pm

September 24

Annual Ulster Day service – Ballyclare Methodist Church, 3.30pm

September 25

Open day and tour – Carleton Street Orange hall, Portadown, 1pm

Open evening (including a history of Orange portraits provided by Sam Carrothers) – Enniskillen District hall, 7.30pm – 10pm

Historical talk (Orangeism and the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant: Gordon Lucy) – Listullycurran Orange hall, Dromore, 8pm

Open night and talk (Origins and formation of Orange Order: Dr David Hume) – Limavady Orange Heritage Centre, 8pm

September 26

Open day and tour – Carleton Street Orange hall, Portadown, 11am

September 27

Open day and tour – Carleton Street Orange hall, Portadown, 1pm

September 28

Open day – Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast, 10am – 5pm

Guided tour - Clifton Street Orange hall, Belfast, 10am – 12 noon

Open day and tour – Carleton Street Orange hall, Portadown, 11am

Archives evening – Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast, 6.30pm – 9pm

Open evening – 'The Scotti Rooms', Cuil Rathain Historical & Cultural Centre, Coleraine, 8pm

Open evening - Moygashel Orange hall, 7pm - 9.30pm




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