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A statue of our the Virgin Mary placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way PACEMAKER

A statue of our the Virgin Mary placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way PACEMAKER

A statue of our lady placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way PACEMAKER

A statue of our lady placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way PACEMAKER

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

PACEMAKER BELFAST   11/07/2013
Young men pictured enjoying the Bonfire in King George Playing Fields Upper Newtownards Road Belfast.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2013 Young men pictured enjoying the Bonfire in King George Playing Fields Upper Newtownards Road Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

12.07.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD
The 12th night bonfire celebrations get underway in Erinvale Estate in Finaghy Road South last night. The bonfire fell over close to people watching. A man runs as the bonfire starts to fall

12.07.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The 12th night bonfire celebrations get underway in Erinvale Estate in Finaghy Road South last night. The bonfire fell over close to people watching. A man runs as the bonfire starts to fall

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast -  Thursday 11th July 2013 

General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. 

In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Thursday 11th July 2013 General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast -  Thursday 11th July 2013 

General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. 

In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Thursday 11th July 2013 General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast -  Thursday 11th July 2013 

General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. 

In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Thursday 11th July 2013 General view of at the bonfire in the loyalist Highfield Estate in west Belfast. In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, an annual Protestant commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire at  Belvoir, South Belfast  the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire at Belvoir, South Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

PACEMAKER BELFAST   11/07/2013
Katie-Leigh Bain,Curtis Johnston and Cherene Grundmann pictured enjoying the Bonfire in King George Playing Fields Upper Newtownards Road Belfast.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2013 Katie-Leigh Bain,Curtis Johnston and Cherene Grundmann pictured enjoying the Bonfire in King George Playing Fields Upper Newtownards Road Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/7/13  The Bonfire in Ballyduff on the outskirt's of Belfast  on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Pacemaker press 11/7/13 The Bonfire in Ballyduff on the outskirt's of Belfast on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Pacemaker press Young men from the Shankill area of Belfast put the finishing touch on their bonfire's on the 11th of july. picture mark marlow

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire on Sandy Row in Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire at  Belvoir, South Belfast  the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire at Belvoir, South Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

General view of the bonfire on Lanark Way off the Shankill Road in west Belfast.

General view of the bonfire on Lanark Way off the Shankill Road in west Belfast.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

?William Cherry/Presseye

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

?William Cherry/Presseye

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

?William Cherry/Presseye

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

?William Cherry/Presseye

?Presseye.com 10th July 2013
General Views of some of the Bonfires in and Around Belfast
Donegall Road Bonfire with Mark Wilson and William Magee
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?Presseye.com 10th July 2013 General Views of some of the Bonfires in and Around Belfast Donegall Road Bonfire with Mark Wilson and William Magee ?Presseye.com

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?Presseye.com 10th July 2013
General Views of some of the Bonfires in and Around Belfast
The bonfire at New Mossley
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?Presseye.com 10th July 2013 General Views of some of the Bonfires in and Around Belfast The bonfire at New Mossley ?Presseye.com

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?Presseye.com 10th July 2013
General Views of some of the Bonfires in and Around Belfast
Belvoir Bonfire
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?Presseye.com 10th July 2013 General Views of some of the Bonfires in and Around Belfast Belvoir Bonfire ?Presseye.com

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Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th July 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Youths tend the bonfire at the Ballymacash, Lisburn ahead of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

?William Cherry/Presseye

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire at  Belvoir, South Belfast  the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker press 11/07/2013: The Bonfire at Belvoir, South Belfast the 12th of July celebrations began at midnight across the province. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

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A statue of our the Virgin Mary placed on a loyalist bonfire at Lanark Way PACEMAKER

The statue was pictured on the bonfire with its face damaged.

It was removed by community leaders and taken to Holy Cross which is situated right at the Ardoyne interface which is the focus of the current tensions over the Parades Commission decision to ban a return Twelfth feeder parade.

Holy Cross Rector Fr Gary Donegan welcomed the handing over of the statue.

He said he hoped the gesture would defuse some of the current tension over parade.

Fr Donegan said: "It was an incredible gesture. On the 11th Night with tensions rising, this incredibly responsible act proves that there are leaders within our communities who remain committed to taking positive steps for peace.

"The person who returned the statue said that the people of the Shankill did not want to cause offence to ordinary Catholics at a very volatile time.

"From reliable information received it appears that this statue was only on the bonfire for 10 minutes before it was photographed, but it was then removed immediately by responsible community leaders who were aware of the offence this incident would cause.

"This kind of respectful and responsible leadership can only be welcomed."

Fr Donegan said it appeared the statue had been deliberately damaged, and although its face was smashed, there would now be attempts to repair it.

It's still not clear where the representation of the saint was taken from. It is not known if it came from a church or a house.

Belfast Telegraph


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