Today, tens of thousands of Orangemen and supporters are set to attend Northern Ireland’s Twelfth of July parades.

 The largest demonstration of the day will be in Belfast and there will be 17 main venues across six counties.

 The Independent Orange Order demonstration will be in Portrush in County Antrim.

 Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams said:

 “I would once again appeal to people over the coming days, in spite of provocation and in spite of the continued insistence of the Orange Order to march in areas where they are clearly not welcome, to remain calm”



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    Carol Says:

    I’m not sure I understand. Is this a holiday in Ireland?


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    misslionheart Says:

    No! It’s a time of great tension. It commemorates the day that King William of Orange (ie. The Orangemen) defeated the Catholics. The occasion has become synonymous with the Northern protestants belief in their superiority over the Catholics.

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    Carol Says:

    Oh, okay. Thanks for clearing that up. Please pardon my ignorance.

  4. 4
    misslionheart Says:

    No problem, Carol!

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