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Orange Order museum gets 5,000 visitors: New cafes also create seven new jobs

Published 08/12/2015

Heather McQueen (right) and a member of staff at the newly opened Sloan's Coffee Shop in Loughgall, Co Armagh
Heather McQueen (right) and a member of staff at the newly opened Sloan's Coffee Shop in Loughgall, Co Armagh

The Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast has welcomed 5,000 visitors, while two new cafes at both centres have created seven new jobs.

The institution said the Cregagh Road facility is proving popular with the wider public and tourists as it aims to promote shared space and reconciliation.

Two independently run coffee shops, located at the Museums of Orange Heritage in Belfast and Loughgall, have also proved popular with the public.

And the landmark number of visitors to the museum in east Belfast was passed at the weekend as a large community group from Roscommon visited Orange headquarters.

The museum - an extension to the Order's Schomberg House HQ- displays a wealth of items and artefacts relating to the history of Orangeism across the world.

The new building contains a lecture theatre and interactive educational space, with particular access for school and cross-community-focused visits. The museum also includes a replica lodge room, a research facility, shop space and a café.

Orange grand master Edward Stevenson said: "Having reached such a significant landmark in such a short timeframe, it is clear that the Museum of Orange Heritage is proving to be a cultural resource and attraction for the entire community.

"Visitor numbers to date have included people from all over the world as well as many different parts of Northern Ireland."

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