Over 70,000 members converge on Loughgall, Co. Armagh
David Davin Power reports on the Orange Order's commemoration of its two hundredth anniversary. Named for King William of Orange, the Protestant order emerged from the Battle of the Diamond, a faction fight between two of the Catholic and Protestant secret societies of the late eighteenth century. The battle was re-enacted by modern members, who travelled from all over the world to the Co. Armagh town of Loughgall, where the order was founded in 1795.
As a reminder of the contemporary power of the order, those present included David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and his predecessor James Molyneaux. The commemorations came at the end of one of the most highly charged marching seasons of recent times.
An RTÉ News report from 23 September 1995. The reporter is David Davin Power.