• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why do Orangemen march each summer? Why and how far have these marches created conflict between Nationalist and Unionist communities in Northern Ireland?

Extracts from this document...


Why do Orangemen march each summer? Why and how far have these marches created conflict between Nationalist and Unionist communities in Northern Ireland? After the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 - the protestant victory at Loughall - the Orange order was established in 1795 to help protect Protestants. Named after the Protestant 17th century king, William of Orange, it is the largest protestant organisation in Northern Ireland today. Regular marches are organised by the Orange Order to celebrate the traditions of the Protestant community. ...read more.


The problems may be about money - who owns businesses, land, property, etc. As well as politics and wealth, it could just as easily be down to religion - protestant and catholic beliefs. Put simply, it is all to do with the clash between the two cultures, unable to share. The marches continue today as a historical, and now traditional celebration of protestant freedom. They often include people carrying banners, possibly with bands playing through the streets. The 'Marching Season' takes place from Easter through the summer, especially on July the 12th. ...read more.


Few right-wing nationalists may take this as an oppourtunity to cause trouble - like in the Drumcree incidents, whereby a lot of people were injured. Although, despite negative media coverage, many of the marches end in any violence and remain a time-honoured parade. Development between Ireland and Britain is slow. The two are in difficult positions, and Britain continues not to give up the country while there are people living there who consider themselves British, and want to stay that way. The current situation in Ireland is in deadlock, but possibly there will, one day, be peace in Ireland. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 essays

  1. Causes of conflict in Northern Ireland.

    After 1976 shootings and bombings became more common in Northern Ireland, the Catholic Nationalists decided to bomb the mainland (Britain). IRA killings have made the U.D.A. then the U.F.F. and the U.V.F. retaliate with tit-for-tat killings against Catholics. More recently the IRA called for a cease fire for attempts at peace which was sadly ended at the Omagh bombing.

  2. Northern Ireland Conflict-Religion vs. PoliticsThe conflict in Northern Ireland is likely one of the ...

    It was also known that if the talks were to produce any lasting settlement the process would have to be as inclusive as possible. The absence of political parties that represented the various paramilitary groups was seen as a drawback to the possibility of a permanent settlement.

  1. The History of Conflict in Ireland.

    the government inside Northern Ireland, was that the IRA came into its own. Those who benefitted most from the collapse of the civil rights movement were the militants on both sides. It meant that, in fact, politics as a process, which had never been strong in Northern Ireland, disappeared.

  2. Loyalist and Nationalist communities still showopen hostility towards each other, as thedemonstrations at Holy ...

    Not only were Protestant communities horrified, but Catholic as well, showing the increase in distrust from Unionists. This bombing caused Sinn Fein to become isolated and therefore have decrease in support from their remaining followers. There became an increased support for the SDLP to stop the violence, and this helped to improve community relations.

  1. How Effectively did Irish Catholic and Nationalist Leaders advance their Cause in the years ...

    to cooperate in any way or even speak to a landlord who was deemed to have acted unjustly. Parnell was imprisoned for inciting the boycotts. Eventually the struggle was largely resolved when Gladstone pushed through the Act of 1881, which was a major concession as it gave tenants the so-called

  2. What Happened at Sharpeville on 21st March 1960?Massacre or Self-Defence?

    This is portrayed as the African protestors made it difficult for the cars to get through; "They had to force a way in using the Saracens. Once again the fact that there were a lot more demonstrators than policemen, also links the photo to Source B.

  1. History Coursework. The Irish Question – The Orange Marches

    The Catholics react to what they consider as British injustices by the use of their own marches and bombs because they feel that they have been wronged and they need to fight back somehow. This has led to continued fighting on both sides in a sort of tit for tat.

  2. The Conflict In Ireland

    Overall the agreement was well received in most of mainland and Northern Ireland, while The Alliance felt it had possibilities where as Sinn Fein completely rejected it as they believed it would end in them losing Northern Ireland all together.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work