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After 1795, exacerbated by the attempts of the United Irishmen to enlist French, incidents of sectarian violence in Ireland increased.

Since the 1690s commemorations had been held throughout Ireland celebrating key events in the Protestant calendar. By the 1740s there were organisations holding parades in Dublin such as the Boyne Club and the Protestant Society.

In reaction to the relaxation of Penal laws and Catholic enlistment of French support, Irish Protestants in Armagh formed the Orange Order to safeguard Protestantism in Ireland.