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A beacon of hope for Northern Ireland: the bonfire that unites a village

Many Eleventh Nights are free from vile bigotry, but in Clandeboye they go even further

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Welcoming: Clandeboye’s willow beacon is under 20 foot, features no flags and is built in a single day

Welcoming: Clandeboye’s willow beacon is under 20 foot, features no flags and is built in a single day

Welcoming: Clandeboye’s willow beacon is under 20 foot, features no flags and is built in a single day

For every Eleventh Night celebration where election posters, flags and effigies are set alight, dozens more are held where communities come together for a night of fun, free from controversy and antagonism.

But every year the many are drowned out by the few who light the touch paper of controversy.


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