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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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