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Old Mar 17, '09, 7:15 pm
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Default Irish Protestants wear Orange on St. Pat's Day in Protest?

So I'm decked out in my green in honor of St. Patrick's Day today and a co-worker tells me that her family is Irish, but proudly Protestant so they don't wear green to celebrate becuase that's for the Catholics... they wear orange instead. I said, "I've not heard of that?" And she said... well of course you haven't - you're Catholic.

So I'm wondering if anyone else has heard of that? Orange on St. Patrick's Day? Orange beer? Do they protest the corned beef & cabbage also? Just curious.
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Old Mar 17, '09, 7:17 pm
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I grew up hearing that from my dad because we are Irish.

Catholic's flag is green [South] and the North is green and orange.
The whole [war forever] thing going on in Ireland.
Shame - i wish that would end.
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Old Mar 17, '09, 7:19 pm
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BTW - ERIN GO BRAUGH!!! AND green too. [Ireland forever]
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Old Mar 17, '09, 7:21 pm
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Default Re: Irish Protestants wear Orange on St. Pat's Day in Protest?

I remember my mom telling me that when I was a kid and innocently wanted to wear my orange sweatshirt on St. Patrick's day... She neversaid much more than, "don't do it".
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Old Mar 17, '09, 7:37 pm
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Default Re: Irish Protestants wear Orange on St. Pat's Day in Protest?

The color green is for Catholics and the color orange is for Protestants. There is an organization called the Orangemen which is protestant. They often march against Catholics.

When my daughter was a senior at a Baptist high school, she was told that she could wear orange for St. Patrick's day, but no green.

Corned beef and cabbage is an American innovation. In Ireland, bacon with cabbage, roast beef, or fish is usually eaten. The ban on eating meat during Lent is temporarily lifted for St. Patrick's day.

This is the little bit I know.

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Old Mar 17, '09, 8:04 pm
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Default Re: Irish Protestants wear Orange on St. Pat's Day in Protest?

Well, the flag of the Republic of Ireland has green and orange, with white in the middle. I believe the white is supposed to represent peace between Catholics (green) and Protestants (orange).

When I was a kid (and fully Protestant), I always thought green was prettier.
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Old Mar 17, '09, 8:07 pm
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LOL, good for them.

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics can recognize each other through the ashes.

On St. Patrick's Day, Irish Protestants could tell their members by who's wearing orange!

Don't know why they picked that color though.



By the way, since many Protestants don't drink, I don't think they would be drinking orange beer, maybe orange soda.

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Old Mar 17, '09, 8:08 pm
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Gosh, I am sorry to hear that it's true. I suppose I'm happy though knowing that since so many people wore green today even though they weren't Irish, apparently they are pretending to be the Catholic variety?!
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Old Mar 17, '09, 8:48 pm
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Regarding the wearing of orange by Protestants in Ireland, Wikipedia has this to say:

William III (14 November 1650 8 March 1702) was a Prince of Orange by birth. From 1672 onwards, he governed as Stadtholder William III of Orange over Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel of the Dutch Republic. In addition, from 1689 onwards, he reigned as King William III over England and Ireland, and as King William II over Scotland. He is informally known in Northern Ireland and Scotland as "King Billy". A member of the House of Orange-Nassau, William won the English, Scottish and Irish crowns following the Glorious Revolution, in which his uncle and father-in-law, James II, was deposed. In England, Scotland and Ireland, William ruled jointly with his wife, Mary II, until her death on 28 December 1694.

William and Mary were Protestants and ruthlessly put down the Catholics of Ireland.
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Default Re: Irish Protestants wear Orange on St. Pat's Day in Protest?

I never heard of it before, I just wear Green to avoid being pinched by exceedingly silly people..
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I grew up Roman Catholic, but often wore orange on St Patrick's Day, (red on St Josephs' day). I still have a nice orange dress shirt handy for whenever I might need it.

My ancestry were Orangemen...Scot-Irish. So that's what I wore, it wasn't a religious symbol to me, just an ethnic one. I wasn't going to wear green just because I was a Roman Catholic, and I feel the same way now, so many years later. We can't change our ancestry as easily as we can change a shirt.

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Old Mar 18, '09, 5:49 am
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By the way, since many Protestants don't drink, I don't think they would be drinking orange beer, maybe orange soda.

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Having lived in the Bible Belt for a number of years, trust me when I say they drink. It may be preached against but that doesn't stop a lot of people...


just saying...
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Default Re: Irish Protestants wear Orange on St. Pat's Day in Protest?

Some amusing bits of hilarity here (as well as some truthful items) if you are actually from Ireland like me and reading this thread.

The flag of the Irish republic is not green, as stated by some it is green, white and orange. It is modelled on the French tricolour and was not all that popular before the Easter Rising. The flag of Northern Ireland is the one below:-



Orangemen come in all shades and stripes of personality and while obviously given that I come from an Irish republican background I would clash with them on many matters I would say generally they can't all be summed up in easy generalisations. The Orange Order does however BAN anyone Catholic or married to a Catholic from joining it. If you join it and subsequently marry a Catholic you are expelled automatically.

As for me been Catholic, Hindu, JW or Protestant is not the basis by which I recognise Irishness. There seem to be shades of that old idea that the Catholics were the real Irish floating around the thread. I couldn't care less if you are Irish what your religion is.
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Old Mar 18, '09, 8:02 am
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Ahem... its;
Green White and Gold - not Green White and Orange.
Bacon* and Cabbage - not Corned Beef and Cabbage. *(The Bacon meant for this Irish recipe is probably closest to what Americans may call Country Ham, native to the American South )
Orangemen are silly. (They rarely marched until they discovered how annoying it was)
The Ppresident id Irish, 's a blackman.
Greeen beer ish not too bad, though I would'nt drinck it myshelf at all at all.
Leprechaunsh do I hrar......
And hope you've had a happy St.Patricks Day..
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Old Mar 18, '09, 8:12 am
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No mate the Irish flag is green, white and orange not green, white and gold - they only use gold in songs because orange doesn't rhyme with virtually anything in the english language unless you start making up words for it to rhyme with.
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