Armagh event looks at history of Orange order in Cork

Armagh event looks at history of Orange order in Cork

The Orange Lodge flag from Bandon Orange Hall dating from the 1800s which is now framed in the West Cork Heritage Centre, Bandon.

THE history of Cork’s 44 Orange Order lodges will be discussed at an event in Armagh later this month.

Cork once had a very substantial Protestant population, within which were several Orange Lodges.

At its peak in the 1860s, there were 44 Orange Lodges based in the county. These lodges and their membership are set to be the subject matter in an upcoming event at an Armagh museum.

Armagh historian Quincey Dougan will be making the presentation and is currently completing a paper on the controversial organisation in the rebel county.

“Bandon’s one time Orangemen are cemented in local folklore,” Mr Dougen said. “However, the tradition was as equally strong in Cork city; and Bandon and Cork city had dedicated Orange halls long before most halls were constructed in Ulster.

“By the 1850s an Orange presence in the county was significantly strong enough for a County Grand Lodge structure to contain four separate ‘Orange Districts’, i.e. groups of lodges.

The event in Armagh takes place at 8pm on February 27 in the Sloan’s House Museum of Orange Heritage in the village of Loughgall, Co Armagh.

Mr Dougan said he would welcome any information from the Cork public on the county’s Orange Order past including any images or documents.

He can be contacted at qdougan01@qub.ac.uk

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