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Henry Joy McCracken parade in Belfast passes off peacefully

A controversial republican parade in Belfast to commemorate Irish revolutionary Henry Joy McCracken passed off peacefully amid a heavy police presence on Sunday afternoon.

The parade made its way from Ardoyne in the north of the city, via Carlisle Circus and Clifton Street to the graveyard at Henry Place.

Around 300 marchers took part in the procession to remember the founder of the United Irishmen who was born on August 31, 1767.

Loyalist protesters gathered at the Orange Hall on Clifton Street but were separated from the marchers by a large deployment of police.

A number of missiles were thrown as some of the bands and marchers passed the protest, however the main parade passed off peacefully.

In 2012 the parade sparked off serious rioting in Belfast city centre.

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