Hulme says that the religion of many people in Ireland can be understood by the lilies - Catholics planting the white and Protestants the orange lilies in conspicuous places in their door-yards. The white lily is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and is used in immense quantities in the Catholic churches on the second of July. It was supposed in old times that it was the white lily that was alluded to by the Saviour; but modern research has shown that if a true lily was really meant, it was the orange lily.