Loyal Orders say it with flowers

It was blooming in Armagh City at the weekend. Co Armagh Grand Orange Lodge and Co Armagh Grand Black Chapter jointly hosted a flower festival to mark this month’s 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and the legacy of Martin Luther. The event at Armagh Orange hall, which ran from Friday until Sunday, showcased a...
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Last Saturday demonstrations in six venues

Upwards of 17,000 members of the Royal Black Institution will be on parade at six locations across Northern Ireland, for the traditional ‘Last Saturday’ demonstrations, held this year on August 26. Approximately 350 preceptories, most accompanied by bands, will take part in processions in Comber, Antrim, Castledawson, Lisburn, Omagh and Aughnacloy. Sovereign Grand Master Millar...
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Scarva set for annual Sham Fight

The Sham Fight is one of the largest cultural events in Northern Ireland’s calendar and upwards of 100,000 people are expected in Scarva on Thursday, July 13. The small and quaint Co Down village has become renowned for hosting the biggest one-day event, at a single location, anywhere in the Province. The annual clash between...
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Sham fight offers expression of culture

Next month’s Sham fight at Scarva will offer an enhanced cultural experience, organisers have confirmed. Regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s largest one day events, the Royal Black Institution’s flagship demonstration on July 13 will this year also incorporate Lambeg workshops and highland dancing, among other activities. A new cultural field will cater for the...
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Loyal Orders set to rally for the Reformation

A major Loyal Order rally, anticipated to be one of the largest and most significant public events in Europe marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, takes place in Portadown this weekend. Several thousand members of the Royal Black and Orange Institutions – along with representatives from the Apprentice Boys, Association of Loyal Orange Women of Ireland,...
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Royal Black launch new website

The Royal Black Institution has launched a new-look website. As well as promoting the ethos and history of the organisation, the enhanced and informative online platform will play a key role in providing the latest news relating to the Loyal Order. The online development comes as the Institution embraces social media for the first time,...
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