Orange Lodge

When we think of the Orange Order, you could be forgiven of thinking of July in Northern Ireland, but an article in Saturdays Evening Echo outlines an upcoming talk about the history of Orange Lodges in Cork, including one in Millstreet:

“…Orange lodges were present in Cork from 1797 and at its absolute peak there were 44 separate lodges in Cork, involving thousands and thousands of men,” Mr Dougan told the Evening Echo. “The main centres were in Bandon and Cork city. There were eight orange lodges in the city alone …… While the city had a particularly strong community, Orange lodges reached all parts of the county — with lodges in Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Youghal, Kinsale, Clonakilty, Charleville, Millstreet and Bantry, to name but a few” … read the full article

However, local historian Jack Lane thinks it was small and short lived in the early 19th century, maybe part of a larger one in Macroom. All are welcome to attend the talk by Quincey Dougan, which takes place in the Crawford Art Gallery on Wednesday, February 6 at 8pm.  [read more …] “Orange Lodge”