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Henry Joy McCracken Belfast parade - loyalist protest passes off peacefully

By Staff Reporter

Loyalists staged a protest as a republican parade to remember 18th century revolutionary Henry Joy McCracken took place in Belfast yesterday.

Marchers clad in uniform accompanied by bands marched through the north of the city.

A group of loyalist protesters waving union flags gathered close to Carlisle Circus as the parade passed by.

A heavy PSNI presence ensured there was no trouble.

The annual event commemorates the Protestant who was a key figure in the revolutionary Irish republican organisation - the Society of United Irishmen.

Following the outbreak of the United Irishmen-led rebellion in Leinster in May 1798, McCracken formulated a plan for all small towns in Antrim to be seized. His United Irishmen were defeated and his army melted away.

He was court-martialed and hanged at Corn Market, on land that his grandfather had donated to the city, on July 17, 1798.

In 2012 rioting broke out following the McCracken parade. However, in recent years, it has been largely peaceful.

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