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Newtowncunnigham Orange Hall in Donegal gutted by fire

An Orange hall in the Republic of Ireland has been damaged in a fire.

Firefighters from Londonderry and Letterkenny attended the blaze on Main Street which was discovered in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Lodge Treasurer, Stewart McClean, said local Orangemen were “absolutely devastated” by the incident.

"Lodge members are in a complete state of shock," he said.

“Since the hall was reopened in 2011, it has been used not only by the loyal orders, but also the general community of Newtowncunningham and the wider area. The building served as a hub for local groups and its loss will be keenly felt.''

He added: “Whatever the circumstances of the fire, I have no doubt the Orange fraternity will rally round - despite this major setback - to ensure the hall is once again restored to its former glory.”

A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland urged any witnesses to contact Gardai as a matter of urgency.

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