• 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. Ireland - What are the main differences between the beliefs of the Republicans/Nationalists and ...

    A North-South council would also be established made up of ministers from the Republic and the new Northern Assembly. In addition, it stated that there would be a review on policing, because presently the police were Unionist. Early release for paramilitary prisoners was promised as well.

  2. Causes of conflict in Northern Ireland.

    battle was William of Orange and to honour and celebrate this battle the protestant people march and play music, and the only problem with that is that the protestants like to march through catholic streets i.e. Garvaghy Road (a catholic housing estate)

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

    They would consider the fact that the Bishop was searching too hard for evidence and that it must have been in order to increase the support for the Africans. All of the witnesses that are mentioned are those who were seriously injured and would do anything to put the blame onto the police.

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

    giving the middle-classes more power at the expense of the landlords, and with a great buyout of the landlords by Government and sell-off to tenants at very favourable rates. Redmond should have been as successful leader, as his tactics to get home-rule were both legal pragmatic.

  1. The Conflict In Ireland

    She believed very strongly in the fact that peace was very important. She thought peace was more important than removing partitions. After all the talks on December 15th 1993 the result became clear it was the Downing Street Declaration. The Alliance Party welcomed the Downing Street Declaration and so did the SDLP.

  2. The History of Conflict in Ireland.

    Sinn Fein, which was the governing body, if you like, at the time, inside Irish Republicanism, split on whether they should accept a partition or not. The majority favored partition, the minority didn't. A bitter civil war broke out in which, ironically, more Irish killed each other than had been killed by their British enemy in the War of Liberation.

  1. How far are Unionist and Nationalist views in Northern Ireland the product of history ...

    The Orange Order is the largest unionist organisation in Northern Ireland, it is a peaceful pressure group. Established in 1795, the Orange Order was named for the Protestant King William of Orange. It holds regular marches to celebrate traditions and show support for the union with the UK.

  2. Modern World Study- Conflict in Ireland

    the rebels based at Boland's Flour Mill failed to stop British Reinforcements landing at Dublin's docks and by the next day they were outnumbered 20:1. They new they had no chance of winning now. The British started their attack on the rebels on the Wednesday.

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