What’s on your mind?
It’s all over for us.
The Orange was my life
What am I supposed to do now?
What you always did. You were involved in Orange charity associations – well the State has replaced a lot of them but you can always help out with lots of other associations-
hospices for the terminally ill -whatever you want
There’d be Taigs in them. I’d have to associate with the other sort
The other side don’t count. What about our bands?
They can learn new tunes and become village bands
But Taigs could join in then. We’d have to learn their sort of songs
And our parades. Our Grandmaster said “there will be no more Orange Parades”
They were more marches than parades
but there may be
pageants and so on. With the bands
Themmuns would be involved
There would be no marching
No but you could walk along the High Street with all the others, wave to the people watching, smile at them, have a good time,
feel part of a group of people in the town that everyone appreciates
We do that anyway
Not everyone appreciates your sectarianism and triumphalism.
You’re a tiny minority of 2%
in the NI population and you create a lot of havoc. And you know that.
And what about the twelfth?
Well it’s got a bad reputation. I told you that.
But there could be a big parade of everybody that contributes to life in NI. You know like ambulance crews,
firefighters, teachers, social workers,lifeboat rescue personnel,
Scouts, sportsmen, academics, police, anybody really. Modern and in historical costumes. Whatever people wanted
But taigs would be in there with the rest of us?
You wouldn’t exhaust yourselves marching to the Field and back.
You could have a picnic in some nice park in Belfast or in your hometown
relax and enjoy the day, no hostilities, no problems, no sermons. If you want speeches
well I am sure some uplifting speeches can be made about how NI has changed for the better and how we are all going to make it a better place for all. All over in a morning or afternoon.
Shop owners would welcome that changed atmosphere and so would
tourists and everybody else that lives here
And Schomberg House?
Turn it into a museum and historical resource centre. It looks like one anyway.I’m sure it will get lots of visitors.
You’re right about that. They have already announced major redevelopment works at Schomberg House.They say they are going to turn it into a new world-class interpretative centre.They say the new museum will display a wealth of items and artefacts relating to the history of the Orange tradition around the world. It will include a research facility and will act as an educational resource, with particular emphasis on schools and cross-community visits. So it looks like they really are going to disband.
And our Grandmaster and Worshipful Masters?
Like they said “they all return to a normal private life“. No more delusions of self-styled titles
And what about all our culture?
Remember the Somme – your 1916
Not a bloody inch
No surrender but you have no idea of to what or to whom
What is there to it besides a lot of empty slogans?
Educate yourselves and your children. Create a real culture that really contributes to the well-being of society and all the people that live here.
Turn your back on the Loyal Orders and while you’re doing it stop calling members of the Roman Catholic Church “Taigs”, “themmuns”, “the other side” and “the other sort”.