Longford Orangemen set to visit Loughgall

John Hooks

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John Hooks

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THE historic venue of Sloan's House Loughgall is poised to host a presentation on Tuesday February 26 exploring the rarely heard story of Orangeism in County Longford.

The presentation is the latest in a continuing series in the iconic location, covering the history of Orangeism outside the boundaries of Northern Ireland.

County Armagh historian and researcher Quincey Dougan will be making the presentation, and describes the Longford Orange story as being littered with people, events and places of immense interest; 'Orangeism was present in Longford from at least 1798, with a contingent of Orangemen from across Longford, Leitrim and Cavan contributing to the defeat of the French at the Battle of Ballinamuck.

By the 1830's there were twelve lodges, with thriteen active by the 1850's. In August 1869 local newspapers reported that over one thousand Orangemen had marched overnight to attend a vast Orange demonstration at Hilton Park, Clones!"

The presentations covering the forgotten Orange heritage of Ireland have been proving popular in Loughgall attracting large audiences, while Quincey has also been taking the subject matter across the island.

His most recent trip came on 6 February when he spoke on Orangeism in County Cork to a capacity crowd in the Crawford Art Gallery lecture threatre in Cork City, while the coming weeks will see him tavel to County Meath and south County Dublin. Speaking on the series he said: “These events are a great example of how our history can be a positive tool in enabling understanding of different modern perspectives and attitudes. Orangeism is not just an intrinsic part of Irish history, it is still an intrinsic part of the lives of tens of thousands of people.”

The presentation on Longford Orangeism will take place in Sloan's House Loughgall on Tuesday the 26 May, starting at 8pm sharp. Admission is free, and anyone with information or artefacts relating to the subject is welcome to bring them along.

Anyone with Longford family heritage would be particularly welcome to attend For more information on the night, you can contact Quincey Dougan on 07835624221 or via email at qdougan01@qub.ac.uk

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