Thursday 21 January 2010

Yes to the Boyne Obelisk

The Boyne Foundation, a group supported by the Orange Order, which wants to replace the obelisk erected to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne, has been asked to resubmit its plans to Louth County Council. This does not imply any opposition to the plans from the Council, but merely a need for further information on a number of “major concerns” about the associated car park and picnic area.

As long as these concerns are satisfied, the plans should be approved.

The obelisk, which was over 50 metres tall, was erected in 1736, and blown up in 1923, probably by so-called republicans:

It should not have been blown up – true republicanism values the co-existence of all of Ireland's varied peoples, along with their cultures, symbols and languages. The Obelisk, though large and visible, caused no offence or disruption to the lives of those around, and merely commemorated an event of importance to the Orange portion of the Irish nation. Its reconstruction is to be welcomed, and this blog hopes that it will form part of a wider commemoration of this part of our history.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kieron says,

Horseman, I agree entirely. It is a fascinating period in history, (wasnt the pope on the side of King Billy?) and I still cant quite get my head around how the British, the religion issue notwithstanding, could welcome a Dutch King as Monarch. The Sun wouldnt stand for it these days, so luckily for King Billy that Murdoch wansn't around then. There is a suggestion, that rather than religion being the key to understanding Johhny Foreigner being invited to take the throne becuase he was a 'Prod' the real reson was London's leading merchants wishing to have access to the trade in spice. But perhaps that is a papish, left wing revisionism.

An interesting fact which I only stumbled across (possibly because I never bothered to read about this period until recently) was that it was a Churchill ancestor (John Churchill Duke of Marlborough) switching sides from James to Billy (something that Winston was quite adept at, which his brilliant quip of rat and re-rat highlighted) that persuaded James the game was up and to flee the country.

Perhaps I move in the wrong circles but I find it strange that said Duke is not more of an Unionist/Orange Order hero to go along with Randolph?