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Henry Joy McCracken parade passes off peacefully in Belfast

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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