THE APPRENTICE BOYS. BACKGROUND. IN 1685, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC JAMES II CAME TO THE THRONE OF ENGLAND IN 1688, A GROUP OF ENGLISH NOBLES SENT A MESSAGE INVITING WILLIAM OF ORANGE TO TAKE THE ENGLISH THRONE.
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JAMES FLED TO FRANCE, BUT THEN CAME TO IRELAND IN MARCH 1689 AND HOPES TO WIN BACK HIS POWER WITH HELP FROM FRENCH
THE MAIN MARCH ORGANISED BY THE APPRENTICE BOYS TAKES PLACE IN DERRY EACH YEAR IN AUGUST.
THE ASSOCIATION HAS AROUND 10,000 MEMBERS ACROSS EIGHT PARENT CLUBS BASED IN DERRY.
MEMBERS WHO LIVE AWAY FROM DERRY ORGANISE IN BRANCH CLUBS IN SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AND CANADA