JULY 1848 IN TYRONE: OPPOSITION OF THE DUNGANNON AREA ORANGE LODGES TOWARDS THE CAMPAIGNS FOR TENANT-RIGHT AND REPEAL – Friday 11th March at 7.30pm The Square Box Hill of the O’Neill & Ranfurly House, Dungannon
On 12th July 1848, a crowd of 20,000 people assembled in Dungannon town centre to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne. Included in this assemblage were almost 100 Orange lodges drawn from the districts of Killyman, Pomeroy, Benburb and Castlecaulfield, under the leadership of County Grand Master Joseph Greer. The larger than normal size of this Twelfth celebration reflected the anxiety felt by the Protestant population of the area over two campaigns running concurrently in their general vicinity at this time. This lecture delivered by Dr Daragh Curran of NUI Maynooth will trace the strength of the unconnected tenant-right and repeal campaigns in Mid-Ulster and it will proceed to demonstrate the strength of Orange opposition to these campaigns which did attract interest from many Protestants, and more particularly Presbyterians, during a time of great uncertainty in Ulster.
Friday 11th March at 7.30pm
The Square Box, Hill of the O’Neill & Ranfurly House, Dungannon