Orange Order, Diamond Dan, Ulysses, James Joyce

Ep. 21 – Croppies Lie Down

This week, Kelly and Dermot explain the nightmarish history tucked into Stephen’s terse rebuttal of Mr. Deasy’s weak grasp of Irish history. The passage covered can be found on p. 31 of Kelly’s edition of Ulysses (1990 Vintage International). Topics covered include the history of the Orange Order, the Battle of the Diamond, the Planters’ Covenant, the power of copyright law over sectarianism, and how all these issues still affect us today.


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The Derry Girls clip we mentioned:

And the infamous blackboard:

The Orange Toast

The Grand Orange Lodge‘s take on the Battle of the Diamond

Diamond Dan and his doppelganger


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Further Reading:

A concise history of the Orange Order. (2014, Jul. 5). The Irish Times. Retrieved from

Orange Order superhero Dan in copyright row. (2008, Jul. 19). The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved from

Who are the Orangmen? (2012, Jul. 11). The BBC. Retrieved from

Gifford, D., & Seidman, R. J. (1988). Ulysses annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Joyce, P.W. (1910). A concise history of Ireland. Retrieved from

Tohall, P. (1958). The Diamond Fight of 1795 and the Resultant Expulsions. Seanchas Ardmhacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society,3(1), 17-50. doi:10.2307/29740669. Retrieved from

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