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Orange Order steps out for its annual Rossnowlagh parade in Co Donegal

Published 10/07/2016

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978.
Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.
 
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade. Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The annual Orange parade has taken place in the Donegal village of Rossnowlagh.

The event traditionally takes place the Sunday before the main Twelfth of July celebrations.

Fifty lodges from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Northern Ireland and Scotland took part in Saturday's procession which began close to St. John's Parish Church at 12.30pm.

The parade then travelled to the demonstration field, on the edge of the shoreline - regarded as one of the most beautiful locations for an Orange parade anywhere in the world.

The Donegal procession is renowned for its laid-back family atmosphere and low key security presence.

Lots of tourists and holiday makers staying in the local caravan parks, joined by many newcomers, were among the crowds of spectators lining the meandering parade route.

A religious service, set against the backdrop of the Donegal hills and the rolling breakers of the Atlantic, was held at 3pm.

The sermon was delivered by Canon Mark Watson, County Fermanagh Grand Chaplain, and the main speaker was Lewis Singleton, Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978.

Donegal recently formed its first junior lodge, Sir Albert Conyngham JLOL No 12, based in the south of the county.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978.
Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.
 
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Neil Graham and daughter Nicole from Florencecourt at the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Ivan Russell at the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2016 - Neil Graham and daughter Nicole from Florencecourt at the annual Rossnowlagh orange parade in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. Approximately 50 lodges from the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow, Northern Ireland and further afield, took part in the main parade.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Cullies True Blues LOL No 14 pictured at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Auld Orange Flute, Limavady pictured at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Bro Tom Parke (Co Donegal Grand Orange Lodge standard bearer) pictured heading up the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Raphoe District Officers and Thiepval Memorial Pipe Band pictured at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Raphoe Pipe Band and Raphoe Chrimson Defenders LOL No 21 pictured at Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Bro James Hetherington (City Grand Master) and the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge officers pictured at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Co Cavan Grand Orange Lodge officers pictured at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Magheraveely Flute Band, South Fermanagh adding a splash of colour to the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Bro Lewis Singleton (Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland) was the main speaker at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth.
Brethren listening to the religious service at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth.
The Most Worshipful Edward Stevenson, Co Donegal Grand Orange Lodge and visiting County Officers pictured welcoming brethren and band members to the Rossnowlagh Twelfth.
The platform party at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth pictured during the singing of the opening hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers led by Church Hill Silver Band.
Bro Andrew Murray (Crozier Memorial LOL 1362), John Kelly, Bro Stephen Dunn (Ballykeel Defenders LOL 417) and Bro Gordon Dunne MLA on the beach at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth.
Bros Edward Campbell, Ernest Harrison, Sloan McClurg, Sam Walker (Co Down Grand Master), James Hetherington (City Grand Master, City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge) and Maurice Devenney (Deputy City Grand Master, City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge).
Members of the Ulster Covenant Memorial LOL 1984 which provides a network of Orangeism for students, staff and alumni to join together.
Bro Allister Erskine (Lodge Superintendent) and his son Noah (Annahoe District Junior LOL 286, Ballygawley).
Sister Susan Mahon and her granddaughter Daphne pictured with Melvyn Adair at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth.
Alwyn and Audrey Agnew, Curlough Accordion Band (Co Tyrone) pictured enjoying a cup of tea following the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
Morrow family pictured watching the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.
The Worshipful Master of LOL 454 keeping it in the family.
Bros Gareth Lough, Paul Roulston, William Hill, Alan Roulston, Brian Roulston and Will Lough (Quilly True Blues LOL 442, Dromore) pictured at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth.
Jack Armstrong LOL 145 pictured at the Rossnowlagh Twelfth parade.

There are 44 Orange halls in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim and the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has members in nine counties in the Republic.

Rossnowlagh is the traditional prelude to the 18 Twelfth demonstrations being held across Northern Ireland, taking place next Tuesday.

This year, the largest and one of the most scenic Twelfth demonstrations have been selected as tourist flagships for the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland.

The parades in Portadown and Kilkeel will provide an enhanced cultural experience and a varied programme of events, as well as offering the colour and pageantry associated with the largest day in the parading calendar.

The demonstrations on July 12 will take place in: Portadown; Kilkeel; Belfast; Maguiresbridge; Limavady; Castledawson; Coagh; Newtownstewart; Aughnacloy; Donaghadee; Comber; Dromore; Randalstown; Lisburn; Ballymena; Ahoghill; Glenarm and Ballycastle.

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