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Brethren, Sisters and Friends,

This year has been a unique time for us all and one which has seen our way of life turned upside down in so many ways. Our members have been to the fore in the community response to Covid-19 and I am proud of the way this Orange Institution has shown leadership and civic responsibility at this time.

 

As a result of the ongoing restrictions and the continuing concerns the health of our entire community, the leadership of our Institution took the difficult decision to cancel our traditional Twelfth of July parades for the first time since the Second World War. 

 

We must remember however that just because our parades and gatherings may be cancelled –the 2020 Twelfth isn’t! King William’s momentous and symbolic victory at the Boyne 330 years ago will most certainly still be celebrated and commemorated in a number of ways by the Orange family.  

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland have created a programme of events for you to enjoy at home. These include historical and educational resources, a community radio broadcast over the Twelfth period, Craft and Cookery ideas as well as an online service of thanksgiving hosted by our Grand Chaplains. All of these initiatives will be hosted here on our website as well as on our social media channels.

 

The Orange family throughout the world enjoy a rich heritage and a great many cultural traditions which are associated with our July celebrations. This year, our challenge is to ensure that the period is suitably marked at home with our families in a fun, but responsible way in keeping with the guidelines which currently exist. 

 

I look forward to seeing and hearing of the many ways in which you will all make the 2020 Twelfth one to remember – be that by decorating your home, flying your flag with pride or organising a family picnic. 

 

Wishing you all God’s protection and blessing, 

 

 

Harold Henning

Deputy Grand Master

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Boyne Anniversary Festival: 10 - 13 July

On 26th May 1940, King George VI called the United Kingdom to prayer.

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Radio Boyne

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'Celebrate the Twelfth' Resources

How will prayer help us through these challenging times? Some practical suggestions to enhance and increase our prayer life.

Battle of the Boyne

How will prayer help us through these challenging times? Some practical suggestions to enhance and increase our prayer life.

Twelfth Gallery

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Boyne Anniversary Festival

10 - 13 July

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Radio Boyne

11 - 13 July

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'Celebrate the Twelfth' Resources

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Twelfth Gallery

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Friday 10 July

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