The battle of Saintfield

An interesting documentary and re-enactment of the battle of Saintfield will be screened later this year. It follows the battle between largely Presbyterian United Irishmen of County Down and the York Fencible Regiment who had founded their own Orange Lodge in 1796. It also delves into the complexity of the era showing brothers, fathers and sons on opposing sides of the battle.The cast for the re-enactment was comprised of various re-enactment groups, cross-community living history groups, the North Irish Dragoon Society and several Orange Lodges. LOL 688 Cross of Saint Patrick being one such lodge who participated and have covered their activities in their monthly newsletter (you will need to download the DNL reader to read the newsletter). If you look closely at the pictures you will notice the “Union Jack” in the court room does not contain the Saint Patrick`s Cross as the Act of Union did not occur until 2 years later.

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