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The Orange Order is the oldest and biggest Protestant fraternity in Ireland. We are an organisation of people bonded together to promote the great ideals of Protestantism and Liberty. Now in our third century, we were an established part of life and culture long before the formation of so many other organisations.


When the inappropriately named Defenders attacked Protestant weavers and farmers in this County in 1795 the Orange Order, which opposes tyranny in Church and State was founded. It is no surprise that the founders adopted the name of the British monarch most associated with the early development of freedom and democracy - King William III, Prince of Orange.


The Orange Order is also known as the Orange Institution, the Orange Fraternity or, often, simply as the Orange. However, the Institution is the corporate body (Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland) constituting the whole structure of the Order including Private, District and County Lodges.


The triumph of William III is celebrated by Orangemen and women the world over with colourful parades. In Northern Ireland the Order's annual Boyne Celebrations are this country's biggest expression of Protestant culture, heritage and freedom. No other voluntary organisation can match them for colour, music and crowd appeal. There is far more to the Orange Order than the holding of annual celebrations as you will discover when you read on.


Here you will find a wealth of straightforward information about the County Grand Orange Lodge of Armagh, which administers the 157 Private and 11 District Lodges based here. The Orange cause has existed here since 1795 and still attracts the largest, most colourful and organised parade in the country. But it is more than a parading organisation and we hope you enjoy this visit and will come to know more about us.


Now surf on into our Orange and Protestant heritage . . . . . . . .



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