Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Towering infernos in loyalist areas kickstart Twelfth celebrations

Loyalist youths on Belfast's Shankill Road watch over their bonfire as the 12th of July annual Orange celebrations loom large over the province with concerns and tension raised due to Parades Commission decisions on some contentious parade routes including Ardoyne in north Belfast . Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Loyalist youths on Belfast's Shankill Road watch over their bonfire as the 12th of July annual Orange celebrations loom large over the province with concerns and tension raised due to Parades Commission decisions on some contentious parade routes including Ardoyne in north Belfast . Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
A man climbs one of the biggest 11th night bonfires at New Mossley on the outskirts of Belfast
Ballee Estate bonfire 11th July 2012
Girls enjoying a bonfire on Mount Collier street in North Belfast
Men building a bonfire on the Donegal Road at the entrance gates of Belfast's City Hospital.Date: Wednesday 11th July 2012
Young boys prepare the bonfire on the Shankill Road
Youths play around an unlit bonfire close to Roden Street 11th July 2012
The finishing touches are applied to the Belvoir Bonfire ahead of the 11th night celebrations.
Bonfire night in north Belfast. Picture submitted by Conor Dunn
12/7/2012. A loyalist youth plates his flute at the Sandy Row 11th night bonfire as the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
12/7/2012. The tower of crates crashes down at the Sandy Row 11th night bonfire as the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
12/7/2012. A loyalist youth sets fire to the Sandy Row 11th night bonfire as the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
12/7/2012. Young Jack MacDonald pictured at the Sandy Row 11th night bonfire as the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
The Castlemara Bonfire in Carrickfergus
Evan Dalton aged 13 stands on top of the Bonfire in Sunnylands, Carrickfergus
The bonfire in the Shankill Estate which is one of the biggest in Belfast
The finishing touches are applied to the Belvoir Bonfire ahead of the 11th night celebration
Boys prepare the bonfire on the Shankill Road
Boys prepare the bonfire on the Loyalist Shankill Road
Boys prepare the bonfire on the Loyalist Shankill Road
Boys prepare the bonfire on the Loyalist Shankill Road
Boys prepare the bonfire on the Shankill Road
Boys prepare the bonfire on the Shankill Road
Boys prepare the bonfire on the Shankill Road
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd, LOL 59
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street, LOL1922
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Royal Av, LOL1922
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Royal Av past City Hall
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL 821
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL1189
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL1064
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 128
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, Womans LOL
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 128
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, District No 5
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 275
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12th of July Celebrations in Belfast city centre. Members of various Orange Orders marched yesterday for the 2011 celebrations
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
Drummers make their way along the Newry Street Banbridge before going to Rathfriland for the main Parade. Photo Paul BYrne
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way Royal Av
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way Royal Av , LOL39
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade takes a rest on the Dublin Rd
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July. The Pink Lady Brigade
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTourism voxpop at the 12th of July celebrations in Belfast City Centre. Sydney Spence from South Australia
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTourism voxpop at the 12th of July celebrations in Belfast City Centre. Torsten Linde pictured with his wife
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea.Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea.Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
Gemma McCullough and Andreena McCurdy enjoy the sunshine during the North Antrim parade in Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Drummer Jamie Cooke enjoys the North Antrim parade in Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Keeping an eye on the happenings at Ballycastle 12th celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
A young orangeman on parade in Ballycastle on Tuesday as the North Antrim celebrations continue. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Dressed for the occasion at the North Antrim 12th celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
John Finlay steps out during the North Antrim 12th of July celebrations in Ballycastle Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
A helping hand during the 12th celebration sin Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry co Down District No: 7 12th July Celebrations SOuth Down DefendersMandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry co Down District No: 7 12th July Celebrations Little drummer boy, Commons Silver BandMandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry Co Down LOL No 943 before they head to the main celebration in Rathfriland . Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
Boyne Star LOL 16 on the march during the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
In flull flow, a flautist from Armadale Flute Band, Scotland plays a merry tune as he parades the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Lauren Murphy, Megan Boucher and Emma McGraw enjoy the summer sunshine at the County Londonderry Twelfth celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
The New Stevenson band from Scotland leads Ballykelly LoL No. 699 through Limavady on tuesday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Sarah Clarence, Hollie O'Kane and Jasmine O'Kane welcome marchers to the annual County Londonderry Twelfth of July celebrations in their home town, Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Orangemen on parade during the County Londonderry 12th of July celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
The Grand Lodge of Ireland banner leads the way during the County Londonderry Twelfth of July celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Blery Loyal Sons of William pass under the Queen Street arch during the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
In the shade at ILOL's parade in Ballymoney is Kerry Warke of Ballymoney Shining Star.
Eating out in the warm sunshine at Ballymoney ILOL parade in Ballymoney are these members of Mosside Flute Band.
Enjoying an ice cream and a chat at The Independent parade in Ballymoney are Hugh Glass of No ILOL 48, and Joe Johnston of ILOL No 30.
This young boy falls asleep in the warm sunshine at The Independents parade in Ballymoney.
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. Nelson McCausland MLA
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
Lauren Murphy, Megan Boucher and Emma McGraw enjoy the summer sunshine at the County Londonderry Twelfth celebration in Limavady
A young boy takes his duties with Ardinariff Flute Band seriously in Limavdy
99 years old Sam King who took part in the County Londonderry 12th of July celebration in Limavady
Jacqui Swann, secretary of the Daughters of Ulster Ladies Lodge on parade in Limavdy
The New Stevenson band from Scotland leads Ballykelly LoL No. 699 through Limavady
Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson on parade in Limavady on tuesday which hosted the main Twelfth of July County Londonderry Parade.
Sarah Clarence, Hollie O'Kane and Jasmine O'Kane welcome marchers to the annual County Londonderry Twelfth of July celebrations in their home town, Limavady on tuesday.
Orangemen on parade during the County Londonderry 12th of July celebration in Limavady
A band member throws his baton skywards as orangemen make their way along Donegal Street as part of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Band members pose for cameramen as orangemen make their way along Donegal Street as part of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
A local woman in her dressing gown and pyjamas looks on as Orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Two Orangemen grab a bite to eat from a fast food stall as they gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
A band member poses for cameramen as orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
A member of Sons of Kai, Rathcoole at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
A band member balances his baton on his nose as orangemen make their way along Donegal Street as part of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea. 12 July 2011
Bessbrook District L.O.L. No 11held a remembrance service at the Killsmill Memorial, Bessbrook where Mrs Jean Lemmon is pictured laying a wreath. 12 July 2011
Bessbrook True Blues parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea. 12 July 2011
Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the streets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
South Down Defenders parade through the streets of Newry City. 12 July 2011
Altnaveigh Memorial Pipe Band parade through the streets of Newry City. 12 July 2011
Altnaveigh Memorial Pipe Band parade through the streets of Newry City. 12 July 2011
LOL No 943 before they head to the main celebration in Rathfriland. 12 July 2011
Father and Son Bowled over. 12 July 2011
12th July celebrations, Newry.
David Hanna of the Altnaveigh Pipe Band. 12th July 2011
Little drummer boy, Commons Silver Band. 12 July 2011
LOL 225, Newry City parade. 12 July 2011
South Down Defenders, Newry City parade. 12th July 2011
South Down Defenders, Newry City parade. 12th July 2011
Lurgan District Officers lead the Twelfth parade through the town. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Ballydougan LOL 120 pass under the Queen Street arch during the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Boyne Star LOL 16 on the march during the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Making sure that the orange lillies were tightly secured on their car were, Boyne Star LOL 16 members David Johnston (left) and Harry Collins who was parading the Twelfth through Lurgan for his 59th year in succession!. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
In flull flow, a flautist from Armadale Flute Band, Scotland plays a merry tune as he parades the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Colin McCusker beats out a steady rhythm as his brother James listens in while tuning the Lambeg drum before the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. The brothers are both members of Boconnell LOL 123. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Worshipful District Master David Martin (left) presents Derek McBride of Lurgan Purple Star LOL 63 with his fifty year jewel before the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors confront police.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Orange Order feeder parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. Nationalist residents staged a protest in response to the parade which was heading to join the main Belfast 12th July Orange Order demonstration.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors confront police.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part Marchers walk past Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part Marchers walk past Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors watch a flute band march pastPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Loyalists carry a banner past Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors confront police.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Rioting at Broadway in West Belfast, July 11 2011
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July celebrations kick off in Whitehead where people enjoy the bonfire
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July celebrations kick off in Whitehead where people enjoy the bonfire
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Overnight trouble in Ballyclare between loyalist rioters and the PSNI. The trouble started late on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning with a number of vehicles being highjacked and burnt out. Burnt out cars pictured in the Grange Estate off the Doagh Road where most of the trouble occurred.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Annual Drumcree Orange Order parade in Portadown. The parade is stopped outside Drumcree Church from going down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road. The parade makes its way to the barrier.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Overnight trouble in Ballyclare between loyalist rioters and the PSNI. The trouble started late on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning with a number of vehicles being highjacked and burnt out. Local residents picturted in the Grange Estate off the Doagh Road where most of the trouble occurred.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Overnight trouble in Ballyclare between loyalist rioters and the PSNI. The trouble started late on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning with a number of vehicles being highjacked and burnt out. Burnt out cars pictured in the Grange Estate off the Doagh Road where most of the trouble occurred.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Overnight trouble in Ballyclare between loyalist rioters and the PSNI. The trouble started late on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning with a number of vehicles being highjacked and burnt out. A paramilitary flag pictured in the Grange Estate off the Doagh Road where most of the trouble occurred.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Annual Drumcree Orange Order parade in Portadown. The parade is stopped outside Drumcree Church from going down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road. Orange men pictured at the barrier with Drumcree Church in the background.

Last night hundreds of Eleventh Night bonfires were lit, kickstarting the annual Twelfth celebrations.

Competition was rife between local communities to build the biggest pyre.

In New Mossley in Belfast, the bonfire — estimated to be the largest in Northern Ireland — stood at more than 100ft tall.

Other massive structures were erected in areas such as Mount Vernon in north Belfast, the Cregagh estate in the east of the city and on the Shankill estate in west Belfast, where the bonfire rose to around 90ft and is expected to burn for about 24 hours.

In some cases tyres — which give off toxic fumes when alight — were placed on the bonfires.

However, in other areas family-friendly festivals of events were organised with beacons being lit as an alternative to the traditional bonfire after incentives were offered by some councils.

Last year fire crews attended 49 bonfire-related incidents, which was almost double the number of incidents in 2010 and a significant increase on the 37 during 2009.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Safety Services Dale Ashford had urged those attending Eleventh Night events to make safety a priority.

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