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The former purpose-built Orange Order lodge in Bandon, Co Cork. Photograph: Buildings of Ireland

King William’s victory over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 was being celebrated in Bandon in Co Cork before it was celebrated in many p(...)

A reconstruction of a Neanderthal man at a museum in Halle, Germany. We now know that Neanderthals are our closest ancestor and probably interbred with humans. File photograph: Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images

When you imagine a Neanderthal you probably think of the classic image of the “cave man”: heavy brow, monkey-like face, stooping posture, shaggy hair,(...)

One of the limestone statues which was stolen from Milltown Castle in Co Cork in 2011. Photograph: An Garda

A Co Cork family on Monday welcomed home historic limestone statues of King William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell and two huge eagles which were stole(...)

Young spectators  watch members of the Orange Order take part in the annual County Grand Orange Order Boyne Parade through Glasgow city centre on Saturday. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

The “Twelfth” of July is the most important date in the Orange Order calendar and marks the anniversary of the Protestant King William’s victory at th(...)

Arlene Foster at the County Grand Lodge of East of Scotland district meeting in Cowdenbeath, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

DUP leader Arlene Foster has appealed to Orange Order members to reject bigotry and intolerance as she addressed a march in the Scottish town of Cowde(...)

A reveller drinks in front of a bonfire in the Sandy Row area after it is lit by petrol bombs. Photograph: Reuters

Huge bonfires have burned in loyalist areas across Northern Ireland to usher in the main date in the loyal order marching season – the Twelfth of July(...)

An effigy of former Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness was attached to a bonfire  in east Belfast ahead of the key date in the protestant loyal order marching season - the Twelfth of July. Photograph: PA Wire

A black coffin with an image of the late Sinn Féin deputy first minister Martin McGuinness has been attached to a bonfire near the Castlereagh Road in(...)

Masked men continue to build a bonfire at Inverary Playing Fields in Belfast. Police in Northern Ireland have warned their resources could be stretched amid growing fears of tension around the burning of Eleventh night bonfires. Photograph: PA Wire

Masked loyalists appear to have broken a court order banning them from extending an Eleventh night bonfire in Belfast. The loyalists, wearing balacla(...)

Dublin & Wicklow Orange Lodge: Chris Thackaberry. Photograph: Bryan Meade

The Orange Order was once embraced in some southern counties, as is amply illustrated by a folk tale about two men from the Co Cavan village of Killes(...)

The stirrups can be seen in this painting, ‘The Battle of the Boyne’, by Dutch artist Jan van Huchtenburg

The most mundane items can, by chance, become extremely valuable if they acquire the magic of provenance. A pair of 17th-century riding stirrups, in C(...)

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