Wednesday 17 October 2018

Orange County, Irish-style...

In the week Eamon O Cuiv authorised a €250k grant to Orange Orders in the Republic, John Meagher reports...

John Meagher

John Meagher

Getting to Mullaghboy Orange Hall is not easy. It is just a few miles from Cootehill, but requires an intimate knowledge of Cavan's back roads. The labyrinthine route along laneways barely wide enough to allow two cars to pass is likely to defeat the best map reader and satellite navigation system.

From the outside, the hall is a relatively nondescript, single-storey building, erected in the 1870s. The shiny PVC windows and tarred car park in front suggest a recent renovation job. There is no plaque or sign outside to denote the building's purpose. For anyone lost in this remote but pretty stretch of Cavan farm land, it is unlikely to arouse much interest.

But anyone venturing inside will be in for a surprise. And as soon as Charley McAdam, secretary of Cavan's Orange Order, unlocks the door it's obvious that this is no ordinary community hall in the Irish backwater.

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