Why the 12th of July?

Published: 12 July 1913

It’s an annual event, but why do the Orange Order celebrate on the 12th July? Under the old form of the calendar, the Battle of the Boyne took place on the 1st July, and the Battle of Aughrim on the 12th. When the new calendar, that we use now, was introduced in 1752, it was decided that the 12th July would be the day that the Orange Order would mark both of these momentous battles.

The Freeman’s Journal reports today that the Orange Order’s celebrations on the 12th should not be considered as anti-nationalist in their origins, and reminds readers that when the Act of Union was introduced in 1800, not one Orange Lodge in the country passed a resolution in favour of the idea.

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