Golf visitors welcomed to the Greens … by the Orange!
The Orange Order has launched a new information leaflet highlighting the organisations 18 Twelfth of July parade venues for 2019. Featuring a golf theme, the leaflet aims to capture the interest of those who may be visiting Northern Ireland for The Open at Portrush and provides some background information on the Institution, the tradition of Twelfth parades and the origins of golf in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy Grand Master of Ireland Harold Henning said: “Northern Ireland will shortly welcome up to 200,000 visitors making The Open the biggest local sporting event ever held here. We want to make sure those who are spending time in Northern Ireland also get the chance to experience some of the heritage, pageantry and colour that our Twelfth parades provide.”
The leaflet signposts visitors for more information to the Order’s website at:
In Augher, Co. Tyrone Orangemen will be having their own golf championship on the big day with a ‘closest to the pin’ competition – with competitors suitably attired in Orange regalia and bowler hats.
The Orange Order is hopeful that visitors who would like to find out more about the Orange story may also visit the Museums of Orange Heritage in Belfast and Loughgall as well as the new Orange Heritage Centre in Limavady, situated just 20 miles from Portrush.
Deputy Grand Master Henning added: “For many people the Twelfth is a highlight of the year. We want everyone to enjoy the day – especially visitors to Northern Ireland as they experience the colour of the occasion amongst the Orange family”.