Dublin and Wicklow Orange Lodge will attend the annual Orange parade in Rossnowlagh Co. Donegal this Saturday, July 9. They join with fifty other lodges from the Republic of Ireland, as they descend upon the seaside town to celebrate their faith and culture. Nestled on the edge of the shoreline, Rossnowlagh is surely one of the most beautiful locations for an Orange parade anywhere in the world. The popular parade begins close to St. John’s Parish Church at 12.00 noon. A religious service, set against the backdrop of the Donegal Hills and the rolling breakers of the Atlantic, will be held at 3pm. The service will be conducted by Presbyterian minister Rev. Ian McLean, who is a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
The guest speaker will be Mr. Edward Stevenson, who was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ireland in January. This will be his first Twelfth appearance as Grand Master. He will be joined on the platform by the County Donegal Grand Master David Mahon, who was appointed as an Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
Dublin and Wicklow Orange Lodge is based in Dublin city centre and draws members from all sorts of ages, professions and backgrounds from all over the island of Ireland. There are members from Cork, Longford, Carlow, Limerick, Dublin, Wicklow and Tipperary.
Cork Orangeman, Ian Beamish said, “We have members from all over the country and the dedication of people attending meetings is just phenomenal. We inspire each other and from dark days where we thought lodges might close, we’ve moved on to better things and the future is looking a lot brighter.”
Dublin and Wicklow is a forward thinking modern lodge, providing fellowship and friendship for the wider Protestant community in 21st century Ireland. They welcome all practicing Christians from the Reformed Churches to their lodge, young and old and those who are newly arrived to our shores.