One of the difficulties facing the Orange Order in urban areas is the inevitable social mobility of the middle classes. When people move out of older urban heartlands they tend to lose touch with order in whatever new part of the city or new town they move to. According to the Newsletter, the Independent Loyal Orange Institution, has set up a new “Friends of the Institution” organisation which “takes into account the pressures on time which people today experience”. One tip from Slugger: invest some money on sorting out the website!
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty