Destruction of Orange Halls – An Analysis

This thread is for information purposes. This thread has been created to discuss the issue of sectarian property crime.This analysis is based on a database of attacks on Orange Halls, while comprehensive it does not claim to be the full list. The database focuses on attempts to damage or destroy halls. Other attacks such as graffiti, damage to cars, stonethrowing etc are not included.

The database lists four attacks on Orange Halls between 1971 to 1988. Three halls were destroyed, 2 in Greater Belfast area and 1 in County Cavan. The fourth attack was the Tullyvallen massacre were 5 Lodge members were murdered by the PIRA.

A pattern of attacks emerged from 1989 and 245 attacks have occurred since then. The rate of attacks each year have been as follows:
1989 Total 3
1990 Total 8
1991 Total 10
1992 Total 19
1993 Total 12
1994 Total 9
1995 Total 37
1996 Total 26
1997 Total 34
1998 Total 23
1999 Total 11
2000 Total 26
2001 Total 3
2002 Total 2
2004 Total 3
2005 Total 11
2006 Total 4 (to date)

The rise in attacks pre-dates the Drumcree period. In the pattern there have been peaks in 1992, 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2005. Three of the attempts to damage/destroy the halls occurred while a meeting was taking place.

The database has information on the County or City of 242 of the attacks. The geographical pattern of attacks in ranking order is as follows:
Total 63 Co. Down (26%)
Total 53 Co. Tyrone (22%)
Total 45 Co. Armagh (19%)
Total 39 Co. Antrim (16%)
Total 16 Co. Londonderry (7%)
Total 14 Belfast (6%)
Total 2 Co. Donegal (-%)
Total 1 Co. Cavan (-%)

The database has information on the level of damage in 184 of the attacks. These are ranked according to severity of the attack:
Total 44 Halls Destroyed (24%)
Total 35 Halls with Major Damage (£5K – £25K in repairs) (19%)
Total 52 Halls with Moderate damge (£1K – £5K in repairs) (28%)
Total 53 Halls with Minor Damage (Less than £1k in repairs) (29%)
There is a 1 in 4 chance that an attack on an Orange Hall will lead to its complete destruction.

The pattern of attacks over the year are as follows:
Total 13 January
Total 6 February
Total 7 March
Total 7 April
Total 5 May
Total 20 June
Total 110 July
Total 36 August
Total 13 September
Total 16 October
Total 6 November
Total 5 December
When the patterns of attack commenced they were in the summer months (in 1989 all three were in August) but since then it has extended to throughout the year but with a peak still in the summer months, in particular July.

DATE HALL COUNTY DAMAGE
1. 09/09/71 Castlerobin Antrim Destroyed
2. 30/04/75 Alexander Park Ave Belfast Destroyed
3. 01/09/75 Tullyvallen – 5 members murdered Armagh Minor
in attack on Hall
4. 31/07/81 Billyhill Cavan Destroyed
5. 24/08/89 Upritchard Memorial, Tullylish Down Minor
6. 27/08/89 Bodels Hill, Lawrencetown Down Minor
7. 30/08/89 Lawrencetown Down Destroyed
8. 12/07/90 Sandy Row Belfast Moderate
9. 14/07/90 Allistragh Armagh
10. 15/07/90 Downpatrick Down Moderate
11. 18/08/90 Alexander Park Ave Belfast Moderate
12. 21/08/90 Alexander Park Ave Belfast Moderate
13. 28/08/90 Tullywhisker, Sion Mills Tyrone Major
14. 04/10/90 Downpatrick Down Minor
15. 16/12/90 Whitewell, Greencastle Belfast Moderate
16. 23/05/91 Dundrum Down Minor
17. 07/07/91 Ballymoyer, Newtownhamilton Armagh Moderate
18. 14/07/91 Carnagh, Keady Armagh
19. 20/07/91 Kilmore, Moira Down Destroyed
20. 28/07/91 Dungonnel Antrim
21. 31/08/91 Donaghmore, Newry Down Destroyed
22. 16/09/91 Derryadd, Lurgan Armagh
23. 12/10/91 Whitehill, Banbridge Down Moderate
24. 12/10/91 Glasker, Banbridge Down Moderate
25. 24/12/91 Charlemont, Moy Tyrone Destroyed
26. 25/01/92 Tannaghmore, Markethill Armagh Major
27. 25/01/92 Marlacoo, Tandragee Armagh Major
28. 01/02/92 Tanvally, Banbridge Down Destroyed
29. 07/02/92 Tullymacann, Tandragee Armagh Minor
30. 15/05/92 Lawrencetown, Banbridge Down Destroyed
31. 17/06/92 Lisnamulligan, Rathfriland Down Destroyed
32. 19/06/92 Corcrain, Portadown Armagh Minor
33. 21/06/92 Grange Road, Loughgall Armagh
34. 01/07/92 Ballyvicknakelly, Dromore Down Major
35. 10/07/92 Crowhill Road, Waringstown Down Moderate
36. 13/07/92 Annaghmore Armagh
37. 19/07/92 Downshire, Newry Down Minor
38. 21/07/92 Sheepbridge, Newry Down Moderate
39. 10/08/92 Magherabeg Road, Ranalstown Antrim
40. 14/08/92 Carnagh, Keady Armagh Minor
41. 02/08/92 Lisnafeddy, Killyleagh Down Major
42. 30/08/92 Wilsonstown Road Armagh
43. 31/10/92 Boland, Dungannon Tyrone Moderate
44. 07/12/92 Ballydunmaul, Toomebridge Antrim
45. 11/01/93 Charlemont, Moy Tyrone Destroyed
46. 03/06/93 Castlegrove, Kells Antrim
47. 19/06/93 Mullintar, Benburb Tyrone
48. 06/07/93 Whitewell, Greencastle Belfast
49. 24/07/93 Warrenpoint Down Minor
50. 25/07/93 Drumlough Road, Benburb Tyrone
51. 14/08/93 Greenagh Road, Loughgall Armagh
52. 16/08/93 Ballytyrone, Loughgall Armagh Minor
53. 10/10/93 Upper Dunmurry Lane Belfast
54. 13/10/93 Colinglen Road, Lisburn Antrim
55. 31/10/93 Grange, Loughgall Road Armagh
56. 15/11/93 Blaney Road, Newtownhamilton Armagh
57. 13/04/94 William Street, Belaght Londonderry
58. 11/06/94 Charles Street, Portadown Armagh
59. 13/06/94 Old Moy Road, Dungannon Tyrone
60. 15/07/94 Belleeks Armagh Moderate
61. 16/07/94 Sheepbridge, Newry Down
62. 27/08/94 Tullymore Road, Broughshane Antrim
63. 25/09/94 Shimna Road, Newcastle Down Moderate
64. 25/09/94 Warrenpoint Down Minor
65. 14/10/94 Warrenpoint Down Moderate
66. 01/01/95 Annahinchigo, Banbridge Down Major
67. 03/01/95 Lackan Road, Castlewellan Down
68. 08/01/95 Annaquin Road, Pomeroy Tyrone
69. 16/04/95 Portstewart Antrim Minor
70. 05/02/95 Mullnahunch, Dungannon Tyrone
71. 12/05/95 Culnady, Maghera Londonderry
72. 31/05/95 Altnaveigh, Newry Down Destroyed
73. 04/06/95 Magheraglass Road, Cookstown Tyrone
74. 01/07/95 Chambres, Stewartstown Tyrone
75. 10/07/95 Ballydunmaul, Toomebridge Antrim Destroyed
76. 12/07/95 Whitewell, Greencastle Belfast Destroyed
77. 12/07/95 Belleeks Armagh Destroyed
78. 12/07/95 Aughnagurgan, Keady Armagh Destroyed
79. 12/07/95 Lackey Bridge, Rosslea Fermanagh Moderate
80. 12/07/95 Clough, Rosslea Fermanagh Major
81. 12/07/95 Kilnaslee, Dungannon Tyrone Moderate
82. 12/07/95 Loughkillygreen, Newtownbutler Fermanagh Minor
83. 12/07/95 Feaugh, Newtownbutler Fermanagh Minor
84. 13/07/95 Ballynacarry, Dungannon Tyrone
85. 15/07/95 Whitewell, Greencastle Belfast
86. 19/07/95 Crumlin Antrim Major
87. 25/07/95 Mountnorris Armagh Destroyed
88. 25/07/95 Knockavannon, Newtownhamilton Armagh Major
89. 30/07/95 Maghera Londonderry Moderate
90. 03/08/95 Stewartstown Tyrone Moderate
91. 08/08/95 Cladybeg, Newtownhamilton Armagh Destroyed
92. 09/08/95 Dundrod Antrim Destroyed
93. 11/08/95 Tullywhisker, Sion Mills Tyrone Minor
94. 19/08/95 Corcrain, Portadown Armagh Major
95. 14/08/95 Stewartstown Tyrone Minor
96. 15/08/95 Lambeg Antrim Destroyed
97. 29/08/95 Brackey, Carrickmore Tyrone Minor
98. 30/08/95 Fourscore, Stoneyford, Lisburn Antrim Moderate
99. 10/09/95 Knockbracken Belfast Major
100. 25/09/95 Apprentice Boys Memorial Londonderry Moderate
101. 30/09/95 Carnagh, Newtownhamilton Armagh Moderate
102. 11/10/95 Apprentice Boys Memorial Londonderry Minor
103.20/05/96 Killygullib, Kilrea Londonderry Minor
104. 22/05/96 Dungiven Londonderry Destroyed
105. 08/07/96 Dundrod Antrim
106. 11/07/96 Ballygawley Tyrone
107. 11/07/96 Tullywister, Castlederg Tyrone
108. 11/07/96 Salterstown Londonderry
109. 12/07/96 Barnamaghery Down Moderate
110. 12/07/96 Benagh, Newry Down Moderate
111. 12/07/96 Rasharkin Antrim
112. 12/07/96 Newtowncrommelin, Ballymena Antrim Destroyed
113. 12/07/96 Corcrain, Portadown Armagh Minor
114. 12/07/96 Mulnahinch, Cabra Fermanagh
115. 13/07/96 Tyroony, Stewartstown Tyrone
116. 13/07/06 Greenpan, Lisnabogan Tyrone
117. 13/07/96 Moneymore Antrim
118. 15/07/96 Sixnilearon Destroyed
119. 15/07/96 Cloughlin
120. 16/07/96 Derrylin Fermanagh Major
121. 17/07/96 Irvinestown Fermanagh Major
122. 21/07/96 Crieve, Newry Down Destroyed
123. 13/08/96 Castlecaulfield Tyrone
124. 29/08/96 Brownlow House, Lurgan Armagh Major
125. 15/09/96 Grove, Garvagh Antrim Major
126. 23/10/96 Derryadd, Lurgan Armagh Destroyed
127. 11/11/96 Drumolish, Maghera Londonderry Destroyed
128. 22/11/96 Kilmore, Moira Down Moderate
129. 10/02/97 Divernagh, Newry Down Moderate
130. 18/03/97 Glenleslie Antrim Destroyed
131. 20/03/97 Tullintraw, Claudy Londonderry Moderate
132. 12/04/97 Woodgrange, Downpatrick Down Moderate
133. 04/07/97 Bessbrook Armagh Major
134. 06/07/97 Commons, Newry Down Destroyed
135. 06/07/97 Boland, Dungannon Tyrone Major
136. 06/07/97 Bellaghy Londonderry
137. 06/07/97 Antrim Road, Glengormley Antrim
138. 06/07/97 Orritor Road, Cookstown Tyrone
139. 06/07/97 Cladybeg, Newtownhamilton Armagh Minor
140. 07/07/97 Brackey Road, Beragh Tyrone
141. 07/07/97 Cladybeg, Newtownhamilton Armagh Major
142. 07/07/97 Corcrain, Portadown Armagh Minor
143. 08/07/97 Dunloy Antrim
144. 09/07/97 Manorcunningham Donegal Minor
145. 09/07/97 St Johnston Donegal Minor
146. 09/07/97 Ballycastle Antrim
147. 10/07/97 Tyrooney, Carrickmore Tyrone Minor
148. 11/07/97 Portaferry Down Minor
149. 11/07/97 Bond Street Londonderry Moderate
150. 12/07/97 Warrenpoint Down Minor
151. 12/07/97 Rasharkin Antrim
152. 15/07/97 Gortvale Road, Ballymoney Antrim
153. 15/07/97 Moree, Pomeroy Tyrone Destroyed
154. 06/08/97 Dyan Tyrone Minor
155. 07/08/97 Altnaveigh, Newry Down Major
156. 12/08/97 Purdysburn Down Destroyed
157. 21/08/97 Cladybeg, Newtownhamilton Armagh Minor
158. 08/09/97 Aughintober (used concrete ram) Tyrone Minor
159. 01/10/97 Darkley, Keady Armagh Minor
160. 14/10/97 Rasharkin Antrim Minor
161. 16/11/97 Belleeks(site Hut) Armagh Minor
162. 26/1/98 Portaferry Down Minor
163. 20/2/98 Moira Down Minor
164. 16/11/97 Belleeks (site hut) Armagh Minor
165. 27/02/98 Blackbridge, Poyntzpass Down Minor
166. 27/02/98 Creevy, Newry Down Moderate
167. 22/3/98 Ballyreagh Fermanagh
168. 24/04/98 Saulters Grange Armagh Moderate
169. 11/05/98 Greencastle (Bomb thrown in during Belfast Minor
lodge meeting but didn’t explode)
170. 08/06/98 Maghera, Newcastle Down Major
171. 20/6/98 Mountfield Tyrone
172. 24/6/98 Newtownhamilton Armagh
173. 29/6/98 Marlacoo Armagh
174. 02/07/98 Altnaveigh, Newry Down Moderate
175. 03/07/98 Barron, Glengormley Antrim Moderate
176. 04/07/98 Hydepark, Newtownabbey Antrim Moderate
177. 04/07/98 Mossley, Glengormley Antrim Moderate
178. 14/07/98 Ballyknock, Moira Down Minor
179. 14/07/98 Hallidays Bridge, Hillsborough Down Minor
180. 14/07/98 Boland, Dungannon Tyrone Major
181. 15/07/98 Ballycastle Antrim Moderate
182. 18/07/98 Donaghmore Tyrone Major
183. 22/07/98 Omagh Tyrone
184. 23/07/98 Donaghmore Tyrone Moderate
185. 01/09/98 Cranagh Tyrone
186. 31/01/99 Dungiven Londonderry Moderate
187. 20/03/99 Benraw Down Minor
188. 16/05/99 Donaghmore Tyrone
189. 17/06/99 Ballywillwill, Castlewellan Down Destroyed
190. 20/06/99 Brownlow House, Lurgan Armagh Major
191. 03/07/99 Kane Memorial Down
192. 04/07/99 Warrenpoint Down Destroyed
193. 10/07/99 Rasharkin Antrim Moderate
194. 18/07/99 Altnaveigh, Newry Down Minor
195. 21/07/99 Moyarget, Ballycastle Antrim Destroyed
196. 14/09/99 Donaghmore, Newry Down Minor
197. 17/04/00 Rathfriland Down Minor
198. 08/06/00 Brackey Tyrone
199. 20/06/00 Ballynakelly, Coalisland Tyrone Major
200. 25/06/00 Newtownsaville Tyrone Moderate
201. 25/06/00 Colane, Aghalee Antrim Moderate
202. 02/07/00 Miller’s Hill, Charlemont Tyrone
203. 05/07/00 Crumlin Orange Arch Antrim Moderate
204. 06/07/00 Gortaclare, Omagh Tyrone Minor
205. 07/07/00 Killygullib, Kilrea Londonderry Destroyed
206. 08/07/00 Dunloy Antrim Moderate
207. 09/07/00 Ballybriest, Cookstown Tyrone Destroyed
208. 10/07/00 Aghalee (petrol bombed during lodge meeting) Antrim Moderate
209. 10/07/00 Newtownsaville Tyrone Minor
210. 11/07/00 Derryadd, Lisnaskea Fermanagh Moderate
211. 12/07/00 Breakey Cavan Destroyed
212. 12/07/00 Ligoneil Belfast Major
213. 15/07/00 Brackey Sixmilecross Tyrone Major
214. 15/07/00 Newmills Tyrone
215. 18/07/00 Ligoneil Belfast Destroyed
216. 24/07/00 Wattlebridge Fermanagh Destroyed
217. 05/08/00 Donaghmore Tyrone Destroyed
218. 13/08/00 Carnlough Antrim Destroyed
219. 28/08/00 Cladybeg, Newtownhamilton Armagh Moderate
220. 28/11/00 Ballyronan Londonderry Destroyed
221. 06/12/00 Kilmore, Moira Down Moderate
222. 10/12/00 Aghalee Antrim Destroyed
223. 17/03/01 Annahinchago Down Minor
224. 17/06/01 Bryansford Down Minor
225. 06/09/01 Warrenpoint Down Moderate
226. 28/01/02 Dundrod Antrim Major
227. 05/10/02 Edentilone Tyrone Minor
228. 27/01/03 Moree, Pomeroy Tyrone Major
229. 30/03/03 Causnagh, Loughgall Armagh Destroyed
230. 14/07/03 Blacksessiagh Tyrone Minor
231. 16/08/03 Kilkeel Down Moderate
232. 22/03/04 Ballyrea Down Destroyed
233. 24/08/04 Milford Armagh Moderate
234. 28/08/04 The Commons, Newry Down Destroyed
235. 03/01/05 Garvetagh, Castlederg Tyrone Major
236. 06/01/05 Douglas Bridge Tyrone Moderate
237. 08/01/05 Tullywhisker, Strabane Tyrone Minor
238. 12/07/05 Newcastle Arch Down Major
239. 26/07/05 Altnaveigh, Newry Down Moderate
240. 28/07/05 Bushside Antrim Minor
241. 21/09/05 Aughintober Tyrone Major
242. 23/09/05 Mullintur Armagh Major
243. 04/10/05 Greencastle (petrol bombed during Belfast Moderate
meeting)
244. 27/10/05 Whiterock Belfast Major
245. 28/10/05 Ballyrea Armagh Bomb defused
246. 10/06/06 Killygullib, Kilrea Londonderry Major
247. 11/07/07 Lavin, Armoy Antrim Destroyed
248. 12/07/07 Glentimon Tyrone Minor
249. 14/07/07 Kilmore, Moira Down Destroyed