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We in the QUB Orange Society promote the values, history and culture of Orangeism and the Loyal Orange Institution of Ireland at Queen’s University Belfast. But what is Orangeism, you may ask?
Orangeism derives from the victory of King William III, Dutch Prince of Orange over authoritarian rule which laid the foundation for the evolution of Constitutional Democracy in the British Isles and inspired democracy further afield. Support for William’s principles led to the formation of Orange Societies to commemorate his victory at the Battle of the Boyne on 1st July 1690, the largest and longest lasting groups being in Ireland. In 1795, following the culmination of attacks on Protestants in County Armagh at the Battle of the Diamond, it was decided to form an organisation which would protect Protestants. This body, drawing on existing Orange Clubs in the region, was named the Loyal Orange Institution.
In modern times, the Loyal Orange Institution continues to function with tens of thousands of members throughout the world. However, the idea of ‘defending’ Protestantism has changed greatly since 1795 with the advent of more settled times but now striving to defend their culture, faith and way of life through dialogue, education and preservation.
The QUB Orange Society is open to everyone, whether members of the Orange Institution or not, and regardless of background, all are made welcome. We hold a variety of events throughout the year, both at the Queen’s campus and further afield. Examples include historical talks by key orange figures and historians, trips to Orange heritage sites, charitable causes, and social events.
This year we have plenty of events planned, particularly with Northern Ireland’s centenary just around he corner, so make sure you don’t miss out! Why not become part of an exciting, unique, and fun group?