- Jul 6, 2009
Nationalists Stop Orange Parade in Newtowngore | Dublin & Wicklow L.O.L. 1313One of the most potentially explosive situations regarding a serious outbreak of public disorder ever to have occurred in County Leitrim took place on Monday, 12th July 1931 in the village of Newtowngore. On that day local Orangemen from Leitrim and adjoining counties had planned a massive 12th of July celebration in Newtowngore. It was to have been the first Orange demonstration in Connaught since 1897 and thousands of Orangemen with their bands were expected to descend on the village. From the outset, Nationalists in Leitrim were determined to prevent the march going ahead, and in a show of unity the bitterest of political rivals in 26 county politics Cumman na nGaelheal and Fianna Fail buried their differences to form an united front to stop the Orangemen coming to Newtowngore.