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Orange Arches in Northern Ireland

Updated on July 31, 2013

Arches in County Armagh

Arch - "In Glorious Memory"  Mourneview Street, Portadown, County Armagh (off Thomas Street, Portadown)
Arch - "In Glorious Memory" Mourneview Street, Portadown, County Armagh (off Thomas Street, Portadown)
Arch in housing estate - Margaret Street, Portadown
Arch in housing estate - Margaret Street, Portadown

Arch

The erection of the Orange Arch is welcomed in the vast majority of protestant villages and towns.

Each Arch is carefully designed with dates and places mentioned to remember dates of battles including the Battle of the Boyne.

There are decorated with flags.


Insurance cost

The erection of Orange Arches has declined over the years mainly due to the high cost of insurance and paperwork involved.

They must be approved by an engineer and require permission from Roads Service.

Some arches are erected in the grounds of Orange Halls to reduce risk of damage and liability.



Arches in County Tyrone 2013

Arch in Miltown, Dungannon. County Tyrone
Arch in Miltown, Dungannon. County Tyrone
Arch in Moygashel, Dungannon, County Tyrone
Arch in Moygashel, Dungannon, County Tyrone
Arch in Tamnamore, Dungannon, County Tyrone
Arch in Tamnamore, Dungannon, County Tyrone

Arches in County Londonderry 2013

Desertmartin
Desertmartin

Arches in County Antrim

Arch outside Orange Hall in Bushmills
Arch outside Orange Hall in Bushmills

Parkmount Arch, Lower Garvaghy Road, Portadown

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Criminal Damage in Portadown 2012

Criminal damage to Orange Arches is always a possibility - this in turn increases the cost of insurance for liability.

In 2012 a Portadown man climbed an Orange Arch and stole flags, replaced them with a tricolour. Court proceedings took place in 2013. The man was found guilty of damaging a flagpole, stealing two flags and replacing the flags with the tricolour flag with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.

He was given six months in prison.


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