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Battle of the Boyne

Reflections on Orange Day

As the Orange Day celebrations passed off without much incident in the North of Ireland, an unprecedented event happened “in Connaught” as …

A Land Worth Fighting For

This is a land worth fighting for” William of Orange – attrib. “I fought to liberate the Protestants, not oppress the Catholics” …

Toasting Two Kings

I was at the Aughrim Horse Fair last Sunday, and while viewing all of the horses – and the women! – there, …

Bonfires Blaze Fueled by Hate

Bonfires blaze, fueled by hate, but the bonfires are an Irish tradition (1) Political maze, each site prate, the other view with …

Basket Across the Boyne

Smoke had cleared, blood clotted, breaths gone Flies feasted on the dead Victories armies raged the land Men fled to hills and …

A Dream Shared Unknowingly

Picture: Athlone refugee centre, scene of some of the fighting in the Sieges of Athlone in the Wiliamite Wars 1689-1692 A dream …

To March They Had No Need

Not all Protestants have a need for Orangism, though there is a face that is not as bigoted as what is presented …