Northern Ireland

Twelfth July: Three flagship Orange demonstrations

Orange marchers Image copyright KEIRON TOURISH
Image caption 17 Orange parades took place across Northern Ireland

The Orange Order has hosted three flagship Twelfth of July demonstrations in Limavady, Markethill and Larne.

A total of 17 demonstrations were held across Northern Ireland.

Tens of thousands of Orangemen and women took part.

The parades marked the 324th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.


Image caption Eleven districts from County Londonderry took part in the demonstration in Limavady

The Orange Order estimated that around 30,000 people attended the flagship demonstration in Limavady.

The main parade moved off at 11:30 BST, led by Limavady District LOL No 6 and the County of Londonderry Grand Lodge officers.

Image caption An Orange lodge from Nevada, USA, also took part in the parade

It proceeded via Church Street, Ballyclose Street, Main Street, Linenhall Street, Catherine Street (pausing at the War Memorial), Roemill Road, William Street, Protestant Street, Catherine Street, Irish Green Street and Roemill Gardens to the Twelfth field.

Eleven districts from County Londonderry: Castledawson, Coleraine, Magherafelt, Garvagh, Kilrea, Ballyronan, Macosquin, Tamlaght O Crilly, Moneymore, Tobermore and the hosts, Limavady, walked alongside representatives from the five city districts, three from City of Londonderry, Raphoe and Claudy.

Image caption Children played toy drums as they watched the parade pass through Limavady

An Orange lodge from Nevada, USA, also took part in the parade.

A large flag was carried at the rear of the parade, recognising Limavady's flagship status.

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell attended the Limavady demonstration. He said there needed to be an acknowledgement of respect for the Orange tradition.

He said: "The Orange brethren in Belfast, Portadown and other districts need to understand that there is total solidarity right across the unionist community. Our culture is here and it's not going to go away."


Image caption The Markethill demonstration proceeded to the district memorial stone in the town square for a short service

The lodges of Markethill District assembled at the Orange hall on Main Street, Markethill at 08:45 BST.

The demonstration proceeded to the district memorial stone in the square for a short service, and 10 local brethren killed in the Troubles were remembered.

From there, the district paraded back to Main Street, Markethill, to await the arrival of the first of the visiting districts.

Image caption Hundreds of people lined the streets of Markethill to watch the flagship parade pass through the town

The main parade, led by Tullyhappy Coronation Accordion Band, began at 09:30 BST, headed by the County Grand Lodge officers and visiting brethren.

Markethill district was followed by Richhill, Killylea, Portadown, Lurgan, Newtownhamilton and Armagh district.

Keady, Loughgall, Bessbrook and Tandragee districts also took part in the flagship march.

Image caption Newry and Armagh MLA Danny Kennedy said the flagship parade had proved that the Orange tradition was 'truly united'

The demonstration left the field at 15:00 BST led by members of Killylea district.

Newry and Armagh MLA Danny Kennedy marched alongside other members of the Orange Order in the demonstration.

He said the parade had proved that the Orange tradition was "truly united".

He said: "There is clear solidarity with our brethren in Ligoneil and north Belfast and the truly outrageous and disgraceful decision taken by the Parades Commission. That has been reflected properly. It is important that message goes out from Northern Ireland. most especially from a venue like Markethill."


Image caption The flagship demonstration in Larne started at 11:00 BST

The main parade left Inver Road at 11:00 BST.

Image caption A child, dressed as King William, taking part in the Larne parade as it passed through the town

Thousands of people turned out to watch the demonstration, which was led through the town by a child dressed as King William, followed by a procession of people also dressed in traditional costume.

It proceeded via Bridge Street, High Street, Upper Main Street, Main Street, Agnew Street, Old Glenarm Road, Herbert Avenue, Greenland Drive, Newington Avenue, Glenarm Road, Curran Road, Bay Road and Chaine Memorial Road to Sandy Bay playing fields.

Image caption Crowds watched as the children's television character, Peppa Pig, also took part in Larne's flagship demonstration


Image caption The Belfast parade made its way through the city, proceeding to the field at Barnett Demesne, via the Malone Road

The Belfast parade left Belfast Orange Hall, Carlisle Circus, at 10:00 BST.

The Millar Memorial flute band led the procession as it made its way along Clifton Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, Castle Junction and Donegall Place to Belfast City Hall.

Wreaths were placed at the cenotaph.

Image caption Wreaths were placed at the cenotaph at Belfast City Hall on Saturday morning, before the parade left the city centre

At 10:40 BST, nine districts proceeded via Donegall Square West, Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Shaftesbury Square, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue and Malone Road to the field at Barnett Demesne.

The parade began its return march to the city centre at 16:15 BST, following this route: Barnett Demesne, Malone Road, Balmoral Avenue, Lisburn Road, Bradbury Place, Shaftesbury Square, Dublin Road, Bedford Street, Donegall Square West, Donegall Square North, Donegall Place, Royal Avenue, Donegall Street, Clifton Street, Carlisle Circus.

Image caption A number of people turned up to watch the Belfast parade dressed in matching union flag waistcoats

Once again, Belfast City Hall was lit up orange and purple prior to dawn and at dusk on the Twelfth.

Some shops in the city were open from 12:00 BST to 16:30 BST.


Visiting lodges from the Republic of Ireland led the procession in Irvinestown.

Lodges and bands moved off at 12:30 BST from Lisnarick Road to the field at Kesh Road.


The parade began at 12:00 BST and proceeded via Donard Avenue, Circular Road, Mill Street, Frederick Street, Regent Street, Francis Street, Windmill Road, East Street, Zion Place, Upper Movilla Street, Queens Street, Greenwell Street, Georges Street, New Road, Portaferry Road, Court Square, High Street and South Street to Dairy Hall playing fields.


The County Down demonstration began at 12:00 BST at Portadown/Lurgan Road heading for the field at Scarva Road.


The five districts of Comber, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan and hosts, Lecale were represented in Clough on July 12.

The main procession left the assembly field on the Belfast Road, Seaforde, at 12:00 BST, making its way towards Clough, through the Square, onto the Castlewellan Road, before reaching the demonstration field on the Dundrum Road.


Kilkeel lodges left Kilkeel Orange hall at 11:00 BST and walked to the Council Road. There, they met bands from Annalong and Ballymartin, before parading through the town, via Newcastle Road, Newcastle Street and Greencastle Road, to the demonstration field at Manse Road.

Proceedings commenced at 14:15 BST. The guest speaker was the Rev Kenneth Hanna, a local chaplain.

The return parade began at 16:00 BST and ended shortly after 18:30 BST.


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Image caption Thousands of Orangemen took part in the parades

The most senior Orangeman in Ireland, grand master Edward Stevenson, of County Tyrone, was the guest speaker at the Dungannon demonstration.

Other senior loyal order figures participating in the festivities are the sovereign grand master of the Royal Black Institution, Millar Farr, and Grand Mistress of the Association of Loyal Orangewomen of Ireland, Olive Whitten.

The main parade left the Lord Northland Memorial Park, Moy Road, at 12:30 BST and proceeded through the town via Dungannon Park, Moy Road, Ranfurly Road, Perry Street, Church Street, Market Square, Scotch Street, Lower Scotch Street, Railway Road, Milltown, Brooke Street, Wellington Road and Moy Road, before returning to Lord Northland Memorial Park for a religious service.


Representatives of up to 60 west Tyrone lodges from Sixmilecross, Fintona, Newtownstewart, Killen and Strabane joined members of Omagh District LOL No 11.

The main parade assembled at Campsie playing fields, departing at 12:00 BST and proceeded through the town via King James Bridge, Dublin Road, Market Street, High Street, John Street, Church Street, George Street, High Street, Bridge Street, Mountjoy Road, Drumragh Avenue, Market Street, Campsie Road and Crevenagh Road, returning to the playing fields for the religious service.

The guest speaker was the assistant grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Harold Henning.

The return parade left the demonstration field at 16:00 BST.


In Ballygawley, 30 lodges represented the three districts of Truagh, Fivemiletown and Annahoe.

They assembled in Church Street, moving off at 12:00 BST to the field on the Dungannon Road.


The Braid Twelfth was hosted by Broughshane. Host lodge, Lisnamurrican LOL 523, led the procession.

The main parade started at 12:00 BST from the assembly point on the main Ballymena-Broughshane Road, through the village to the demonstration field at the junction of the Rathkeel and Buckna roads.

Before leaving the field, a traditional drum-off between the Lambegs took place.


In Ballymena, the lodges and 15 bands assembled on Waveney Road at 12:00 BST and paraded the traditional route through the town via Galgorm Road, the Pentagon, Lower Mill Street, Wellington Street, Ballymoney Street, William Street, Broughshane Street, Broadway, Church Street, Bridge Street, Harryville Bridge, Queen's Street and Antrim Road to the demonstration field at Ballee playing fields.


The main parade began at 12:30 BST from Ard-Na-Maine and proceed via Station Road, Main Street, Shellinghill Road, Kilmakevit Road, Tobar Park and into the community centre for festivities and a religious service.


The parade began at 11:30 BST at Danzy Road to the demonstration field on the Lower Ballinderry Road.

The return parade began at 16:30 BST and ended at 17:45 BST.


The main parade assembled at the town's show grounds and set off at 13:00 BST through the town centre via Charlotte Street, Main Street, Meeting House Street, Newal Road, Trinity Drive, John Street, Victoria Street, Linen Hall Street, High Street and North Road before returning to the show grounds for a religious service.

Bands from the Scottish Orange Order joined more than 40 lodges representing the five districts of Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Rasharkin and Cloughmills.

Throughout the day, the Orange Order also encouraged people attending the parades to take selfies and post them on social media.

It posted 'Twelfthie' selfies on its Twitter account, featuring pictures of Orange Order members, politicians and Orange bandsmen taking part in the parades.

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