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Henry Joy McCracken parade passes off peacefully in Belfast

Published 23/08/2015

Loyalist protesters at Clifton Street Orange Hall. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye.
Loyalist protesters at Clifton Street Orange Hall. Pic: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye.
The Henry Joy McCracken parade passing Clifton Street Orange Hall as it makes its way from Ardoyne Avenue to Henry Place in north Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
The Henry Joy McCracken parade passing Clifton Street Orange Hall as it makes its way from Ardoyne Avenue to Henry Place in north Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
The Henry Joy McCracken parade makes its way from Ardoyne Avenue to Henry Place in north Belfast. Picture: Kevin Scott.
Loyalist protesters at Clifton Street Orange Hall as the Henry Joy McCracken parade makes its way from Ardoyne Avenue to Henry Place in north Belfast. Picture: Kevin Scott.
The annual Henry Joy McCracken memorial march makes it's way from Ardoyne to the Clifton street area followed by supporters. Pic: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press.
The annual Henry Joy McCracken memorial march makes it's way from Ardoyne to the Clifton street area followed by supporters. Pic: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press.

A republican parade to remember 18th century revolutionary Henry Joy McCracken passed of peacefully on Sunday.

Hundreds of marchers accompanied by bands processed from Ardoyne Avenue in the north of the city to Henry Place.

A group of loyalist protesters gathered at the Orange Hall on Clifton Street however they were separated from marchers by a heavy police presence.

The annual event, now in its fifth year, commemorates the Protestant who was a key figure in the revolutionary Irish republican organisation - the Society of United Irishmen.

A Royal Black demonstration, which also passed along Clifton Street yesterday, concluded without incident.

Both marches were subject to restrictions from the Parades Commission.

In 2012 rioting broke out  following the Henry Joy McCracken parade.

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