Orange Order by Greg and Josh

After reading the book called ”Divided City” we have been researching the Orange Order and its past.

The Orange Walk is a large part of Irish history. They do a walk to remember all of the soldiers and innocent people that died in the Battle of Diamond and the Battle of Boyne by marching through the streets. They began to walk on the 21st of September 1795 in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.

Orange Order, Glasgow 2006 by M. Hanselmann

Orange Order, Glasgow 2006 by M. Hanselmann

One of the most famous battles was the Battle of Boyne, 1690, when two kings, William III and James II fought against each other. The battle ended when William III overthrew James II.

Orange order star by Pbroks13 [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

Orange order star by Pbroks13 [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

The Orange walk still goes on in Scotland and Northern Ireland. They wear bowler hats and sashes that are orange, purple and silver. The sashes they carry can cost around £1500 to £2000 to make per sash. Some people do not like the Orange Walk even though they raised £124,000 for Cancer Research in 2004. The Orange Walk/Orange Order badge is an orange background with a purple star in the centre of the orange rectangle.

 

The main point of the Orange Walk/Orange Order existing is to remember all of the people who died in the ”Battle of Diamond” and the ”Battle of Boyne” so it is either something you like and do or you do not like and do not do. It can also be a matter of what religion or beliefs you and your family believe in.

Sources

The Orange Order, http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=2089

Ten facts about the Orange Order, http://loyalists.wordpress.com/2006/11/15/ten-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-orange-order/

World Book Encyclopaedia, 2005

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