Wednesday, July 12, 2017

                                                THE TWELFTH OF JULY

A holiday in Ulster commemorating the victory of William of Orange at the River Boyne.  An interesting battle in Ireland between a Dutch-led army and an English-led army, fighting over sovereignty of Irish territory, and religious beliefs.  Really a continuation of the 'troubles' between Catholics and Protestants that started with the plantation of Protestants in Ireland in the 16th century and lasted into the 20th century.

So the Orangemen march today, even though the battle was really on July 1.  A change in the Gregorian version of the calendar made the difference.

Check out Sean Tyrrell's rendition of 'The Twelfth of July: the children's lament'. on YouTube which shows there is still hope.