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Published 17/07/2015

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and taunts police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and taunts police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Police officers being struck with petrol bombs on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles Picture by Kevin Scott
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and throws a set of step ladders at police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A loyalist dances on top of PSNI land droves after they broke through the barriers which had be put in place. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Police officers dealing with rioting on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles and a number of petrol bombs at police lines Picture by Kevin Scott
Officers recover a number of items from the rioters. Loyalist youths threw missiles and a petrol bombs at police lines in a third night of rioting on the Woodvale Road Picture by Kevin Scott
Police officers being struck with petrol bombs on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles Picture by Kevin Scott
Police officers dealing with rioting on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles and a number of petrol bombs at police lines Picture by Kevin Scott
Police officers dealing with rioting on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles and a number of petrol bombs at police lines Picture by Kevin Scott
Police officers dealing with rioting on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles and a number of petrol bombs at police lines Picture by Kevin Scott
Police officers dealing with rioting on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles and a number of petrol bombs at police lines Picture by Kevin Scott
Police officers dealing with rioting on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles and a number of petrol bombs at police lines Picture by Kevin Scott
Officers recover a number of items from the rioters Picture by Kevin Scott
Police officers dealing with rioting on the Woodvale road as Loyalist youths gather throwing missiles and a number of petrol bombs at police lines Picture by Kevin Scott
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Police clash with bystanders after a car is driven into a crowd outside Ardoyne shops, trapping a girl underneath the car in north Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 13, 2015. The driver of the car was arrested as tensions run high in the area with Orangemen banned from marching past the Ardoyne shops. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Nationalists jostle with police officers after an alleged loyalist car drove over a young girl trapping her underneath as it reveresed at high speed on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists at barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists at barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Residents board up their houses after loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade DUB Councillor Brian Kinston tries to restore order as police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Orange Order members by barricades ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Heavy police presence in north Belfast ahead of return parade Pic Deborah McAleese @DeborahMcAleese
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Nelson McCausland at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a police office asleep in the back of a jeep at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott /Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Nigel Dodds at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester sheltering from the rain at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Police officers escorting members of the Ardoyne community to Brompton park at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester lying on his back at police lines at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to the media as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to the media as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester lying on his back at police lines at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Twaddell residents at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.

Well, I finally realised my long-held ambition and escaped Belfast over the Twelfth. Safe in my Donegal hideaway, I observed events unfold on news feeds and social media.

Of course, I didn't really need to watch: anyone could have written the absurd yet utterly predictable script. The atmosphere of lawlessness, where people are moved out of their homes and their windows are boarded up at massive public expense, because nobody in authority dares to thwart the sky-high ambitions of bonfire builders. The political effigies and "foreign" flags incinerated on the pyres. The violent craziness of Ardoyne. You know, the usual. Same old, same old.

But wait. Here was something new, emerging out of the bitterness and chaos. Under the hashtag 'Positive NI', a posse of outraged optimists were striking back, with pretty pictures of sunsets and reflections and shiny, happy people laughing.

It was intended as a strike-back for all the good things in Northern Ireland, to counteract the nasty hijinks. We are more than a bunch of thuggish nutters locked in endless sectarian struggle. Look, we grow wholesome vegetables and go for walks by the seaside!

I understand the impulse to say that the grotesquerie is not done in our name, to insist (to whom? The rest of the world? Ourselves?) that this is not who we are. Yes, it feels unfair when the rabid few disgrace and inconvenience the peaceable many.

So why was it, gazing at these delightful images, that I found myself feeling just a little bit queasy?

The sensation was similar to the one you get when you over-indulge on candy floss, and that gave me a clue. Desperately trying to present Northern Ireland as an idyllic land of (organic) milk and (fair-trade) honey, where the sun always shines and all the nice, clean, beautiful people get on together marvellously - while all the horrid, ugly types are magically erased without trace - is a mistake.

Because it's self-evidently not the reality. And you know what? I wouldn't want it to be.

I love this place (when I'm not despairing over it, or despising it) because it's dirty, and weird, and complicated. I don't want to pretend I'm living in a made-up version of Islington or Brighton or Shoreditch-on-Sea. I like the bizarre, ribald graffiti. I like the stink of the sluggish underground Farset as you walk down Waring Street on a warm day. I like the chippy, garrulous taxi drivers - well, I like the ones that are funny.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015
Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Police clash with bystanders after a car is driven into a crowd outside Ardoyne shops, trapping a girl underneath the car in north Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 13, 2015. The driver of the car was arrested as tensions run high in the area with Orangemen banned from marching past the Ardoyne shops. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and throws a set of step ladders at police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and taunts police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Nationalists jostle with police officers after an alleged loyalist car drove over a young girl trapping her underneath as it reveresed at high speed on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A loyalist dances on top of PSNI land droves after they broke through the barriers which had be put in place. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists at barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists at barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Residents board up their houses after loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade DUB Councillor Brian Kinston tries to restore order as police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Orange Order members by barricades ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
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Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Nelson McCausland at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a police office asleep in the back of a jeep at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott /Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Nigel Dodds at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester sheltering from the rain at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Police officers escorting members of the Ardoyne community to Brompton park at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester lying on his back at police lines at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to the media as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to the media as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester lying on his back at police lines at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Twaddell residents at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.

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Belfast can be beautiful too, on occasions, but it's a harsh beauty, and all the more moving for being unexpected. One thing it definitely isn't is twee and pretty, and for that I'm glad. If you want a white picket fence, go live in Helen's Bay.

I'm worried, you see, that Belfast is going all hipster. You must have noticed them. They're on the move. Beards, checked shirts, an obsessive relationship with coffee and craft beer and pulled pork sandwiches (though you can bet the pulled pork will be ditched pretty soon now that Subway has started serving it, because you can't be a working-class hipster; sorry, it's just impossible).

Sometimes they're identifiable by the way they talk with a breezy Californian twang even though they're originally from Holywood or Lisburn. The hipster influence may be waning elsewhere, but here in the province, where we're easily seduced by metropolitan affectations, and eagerly accept them as 'cool', they're a new and powerful tribe all to themselves.

And in their own way, they're just as uniform, predictable and conformist as any of our indigenous varieties.

In Belfast, they have cafes with communal tables and plugs for your Macbook Air; you could spend all day in there, sipping single-origin coffee and never have to come across anybody waving a fleg.

They even have their own very expensive magazine, full of misty shots of artfully arranged flowerpots and raw, rough-hewn wood and creatively messy desks.

Look, I'm as fond of a really good cup of coffee as anyone. I follow the traditional route from south Belfast to St George's market on Saturday mornings to buy my rare-breed sausages, gaily swinging my fair-trade woven shopping bag as I go. But the answer to Northern Ireland's weirdness - including the annual convulsions around the Twelfth - is not to construct an elaborate, fetishised Alternative Ulster, where everything in the garden is lovely.

It's to accept the crazy reality of the one that we've got.

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