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Orangemen are set to march in their thousands in towns and villages across Northern Ireland to celebrate the Twelfth on Monday. Victoria O’Hara outlines your guide to what’s happening and where in honour of the 319th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne


THE parade to mark the 319th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne will leave Belfast Orange Hall, at Carlisle Circus, at 10am.

The Miller Memorial Flute band will lead the parade as it makes its way along Clifton Street, Donegal Street, Royal Avenue, Castle Junction, Donegall Place to Belfast City Hall.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the City Hall and the parade will then proceed via Donegal Square West, Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Shaftsbury Square, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue and Malone Road to Barnetts Demense.

It is expected that 70 bands will take part in the parade.

A service of thanksgiving will be conducted by Dr Victor Ryan, Imperial Grand Chaplain and the guest speaker will be Dawson Baillie, Belfast County Grand Master.

In the Twelfth booklet, Mr Baillie said: “However, despite the so called peace process, the enemies of Ulster continue to attack our halls with many of the attacks not being reported. But I would encourage our brethren to continue with the good work.”


AT least 5,000 Orangemen are expected on parade in Armagh with members of 161 lodges taking part.

Eighty bands will accompany them on parade through the historic city and as always in Armagh, there will be a huge number of lambeg drums on parade.

The Twelfth was last held in Armagh 12 years ago.

The districts on parade will be Portadown, Richill, Loughall, Tandragee, Armagh, Lurgan, Killylea, Keady, Newtown-hamilton, Markethill and Bessbrook.

A memorial service will be held at 8.45am outside Armagh Orange Hall in honour of seven brethren who lost their lives as a result of terrorism.

The Armagh Twelfth has an early start, with lodges moving off on the Portadown Road at 9am. A religious service, conducted by Pastor Gordon Graham, will begin at 1.30pm.

In the Twelfth booklet for the demonstration, Armagh County Grand Master Denis Watson says the demonstration is the largest gathering of Orangemen anywhere on the Twelfth.

“A warm welcome is extended to all our visitors and in particular, friends from Norway, who are visiting us for the first time. I hope this will be a very memorable occasion for them as they visit the historic city of Armagh and the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.”


A MASSIVE crowd is expected in Bangor — one of the three Flagship Twelfths this year.

This year, Orangemen from Bangor will be joined by brethren from Newtownards, the Ards Peninsula and Holywood.

In 2006, Bangor was selected as the first Twelfth Flagship and more than 80,000 people enjoyed the parade, despite dismal weather.

Sixty bands will take part in the parade this year which starts at the Arras Playing Fields at mid-day and goes to the Valentine Playing Fields, using the entrance on the Newtownards Road.

The guest speaker will be Drew Nelson, Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

The North Irish Dragoons, a living history group dressed in authentic uniform of the period, will lead the parade with King William on horseback.

There will also be a demonstration of live musket firing in the Valentine Playing Fields after the parade.

Street entertainers and cartoon characters will travel the parade route entertaining the spectators. Traditional Ulster-Scots musicians will also provide entertainment.


EIGHTY bands are expected to take part in the Twelfth in Banbridge.

Eight districts will be on parade — Lower Iveagh, Rathfriland, Banbridge, Lower Iveagh West, Bann Valley, Loughbrickland, Gilford and Newry.

The parade will start on the Newry Road at midday, head through the town centre and turn left at the bottom of the hill towards the leisure centre.

The demonstration field is at Huntley Road where the Rev. Martin Smyth, a past Grand Master, will be the guest speaker. There will also be entertainment provided by a pipe band and highland dancers and there will be other attractions in the field, such as bouncy castles and face painting for the young spectators.

A fifing and lambeg drumming display will be organised at the Outlet Shopping complex, on the outskirts of the town, on Saturday July 4.


THE Twelfth was last held in Londonderry in 2005.

Eight districts will take part in this year’s parade through the historic city — three from the City of Londonderry, Coleraine, Macosquin, Limavady, Cumber Claudy and Raphoe in Co Donegal.

The City of Londonderry Grand Lodge will celebrate its 175th anniversary this year.

The parade will form up on Craigavon Bridge, and at 11.30am walk into the city side of the river, using Carlisle Road, Ferryquay Street, the Diamond, Bishop street, London Street, Hawkin street, Kennedy Place, Kennedy Street and Wapping Lane.

The parade will then return across the bridge again and go to the demonstration field at Wilton Park, via Spencer Road, Clooney Terrace, Glendermott Road, Bonds Street, May Street and Limavady Road.

After the long walk around the city a religious service will be held at 2.15pm.

The return parade will begin at 3.45pm.


SEVENTEEN lodges will take part in the Triangle Parade in Portglenone.

In other years, Cullybackey and Ahoghill are the venues for the demonstration.

Orangemen assemble at 1pm at Hillinstown Road and walk through the village, crossing the River Bann into County Londonderry.

The demonstration field is at the Community Centre at Gortdole Road, where a religious service starts at 2.30pm.


THE Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Robert Saulters, is the guest speaker at the parade in Ballymoney.

Three bands from Scotland — Kilmarnock, Stirling and Edinburgh — will lead the parade of 40 lodges.

They come from five districts — Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Cloughmills and Rasharkin.

The parade begins at the Showgrounds on the North Road at 1pm and walks through the town, returning to the Showgrounds for the platform proceedings at 2pm.

It is five years since the parade was held in Ballymoney.


THE annual Ballymena parade will have 30 lodges and 20 bands taking part.

For years, Ballymena was the headquarters of the Royal Irish Regiment before the disbanding of the Home Service Battalions.

A new lodge — Garryowen LOL — was formed from former members of the Royal Irish regiment, including the Ulster Defence Regiment, and they are still recruiting.

This year they will be led on parade by a band from Glasgow.

The parade assembles at Waveney Road at mid-day and goes through the town to Ballymarlow.

The Grand Master of Scotland, Ian Wilson, is the guest speaker and Rev Ian McLean will conduct a religious service.


MORE than 50 lodges will be on parade in Lisburn for the South Antrim Combine demonstration.

Seven districts will take part — Lisburn, Glenavey, Magheragall, Hillsborough, Derriaghy, Ballinderry and Aghalee.

The districts fall into line at Wallace Park around 11am and parade a three mile route through the city centre to Knockmore Road and the playing fields at Limetree Avenue.

It is seven years since the parade was held in Lisburn and a large crowd is expected.

The guest speaker will be the Co Antrim Grand Master William Thompson.

An Orange exhibition will be held in Lisburn Orange Hall from July 7-11, featuring banners, regalia and other historical artifacts.

The exhibition will be open

from 12 to 8pm each day.


AFTER five years, the Co Fermanagh demonstration returns to Lisbellaw.

Lodges will assemble at Faughard, just off the main Belfast to Enniskillen Road.

They will move off at 12.30pm to parade through the village and back to the assembly field for a religious service at 2pm.

The address will be given by Charles Crawford, LOL 1407.

Seventy bands will accompany the lodges from the 15 districts in Fermanagh and their fellow brethren from Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan and Leitrim.


THE Larne Twelfth is the first Co Antrim demonstration chosen as a flagship.

Larne District has the privilege of hosting the East Antrim Combine Twelfth every five years.

The Combine is made up of nine district lodges, totalling over 70 lodges and approximately 8,000 members.

Members of the Junior Orange Order, ladies Orange lodges together with many members from England and Scotland will also be present.

More than 60 marching bands from Northern Ireland, England and Scotland will be on parade.

King William on horseback and soldiers in period costume will lead the parade to the field.

There will also be floats with Ulster Scots musical performers.

The parade will be a colourful pageant which will leave Bridge Street at 11am and makes its way through the town and the Main Street to Sandy Bay Playing Fields where a religious service will be held.

Rev Ron Johnston, Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church, will conduct the service.

The return parade will begin at 3.30pm.


FORTY bands will take part in the South Londonderry demonstration in Kilrea.

There are eight districts on parade — Tamlaght O’Crilly, Moneymore, Castledawson, Tobermore, Magherafelt, Ballyronan, Garvagh and Kilrea.

The parade will gather at the Orange field on the Garvagh Road at 10.30am and move off around 11.30am for a parade through the town.

The demonstration field is at the Rectory Field on the Moneygran Road and the platform proceedings will start there at 2pm.

The guest speaker will be David Scott, Education Officer of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.


ALMOST 70 lodges and 40 bands will walk through the historic town of Killyleagh in Co Down.

Five districts will be represented — Saintfield, Castlewellan, Comber, Ballynahinch and Lecale.

The parade assembles at Coiley Hill on the Crossgar Road at 12.15pm and goes through the town before returning to the assembly field for a religious service, conducted by Rev Mervyn Gibson, from Belfast.

The main speaker will be Tom Elliott, Deputy Assistant Grand master and Past Grand Master of Fermanagh.


THE 12 Lodges of Braid district will gather for the Twelfth in |Glenarm.

The parade assembles at Shane Road at mid-day and walks through the picturesque village to the demonstration field at Straitkeilyhtley Road.

It is one of the smallest parades of the day, with 400 Orangemen taking part.

Eight bands and four sets of lambegs will take part in the parade and the guest speaker will be Charles Cefferty, County Grand Master of Central Scotland.

It is three years since the parade was held in Glenarm and a large number of tourists are expected this year, as the British Campers Association will attend the Glenarm Castle Open Day — on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the Twelfth.


TWENTY-one bands will take part in the parade in Fivemiletown.

Orangemen from two districts — Fivemiletown and Annahoe — will enjoy one of the smaller Twelfths, which will have a strong focus as a day out for the family.

The parade will assemble at St John’s Parish Church car park on the Fintona Road at 12.30pm and walk through the village to the demonstration field on the Clabby Road.

The platform proceedings begin at 2.15pm and the parade begins its return journey at 4.30pm, led once again by Murley Silver Band, the Ulster champions.

Visitors to the area are asked to watch out for traffic diversions as the main A4 road to Enniskillen will be closed for much of the day.

It is expected that the crowd will grow in the afternoon as people make their way from the Lisbellaw demonstration, just 12 miles away.


THE Dromore demonstration in Tyrone will have 50 bands taking part.

Six districts — Sixmilecross, Strabane, Fintona, Omagh, Killen and Newtownstewart — will assemble on the Dromore – Omagh Road around 12.30pm, before walking through the town to the demonstration field on the Trillick Road.

It is 12 years since the parade was held in Dromore and the organisers have worked hard with Omagh District Council to provide entertainment in the days leading up to the Twelfth and the big day itself.

A display of vintage tractors and cars and a musical evening will be held in Dromore on the night before the Twelfth and on the Monday, Ulster Scots dancers will give a display in the demonstration field.

A church parade will be held in the town on Sunday morning.

The guest speaker will be Tyrone man Edward Stevenson, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.


FIFTY Lodges from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan are set to take part in the annual Twelfth parade in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal.

It will be held on July 11 and begins close to St John’s Parish Church at 1.15pm.

The parade then goes to the demonstration field, on the edge of the shoreline.

Visiting Orange dignitaries from around the world will lead the parade, set against the backdrop of the Donegal Hills and the rolling breakers of the Atlantic.

A religious service will be held at 3pm and the guest speaker will be the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Robert Saulters.

The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since 1978 and it has become traditional to hold the parade on the Saturday before the main Twelfth parades.

There are 44 Orange Halls in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim and the Orange Order has members in nine counties in the Irish Republic.


COAGH is expected to be the biggest parade in Co Tyrone.

Fifty-four bands will lead Orangemen from seven districts — Killyman, Stewartstown, Cookstown, Castlecaulfield, Pomeroy, Coagh and Benburb.

It is seven years since the parade was held in Coagh.

The parade assembles in the Rousky Road at 12.30pm and walks through the town to the demonstration field at Drumconuis Road, where the platform proceedings will take place.

The guest speaker will be Rev Stephen Dickinson, Grand Chaplain.


THE arrangements for the Twelfth in Annalong have been overshadowed by the tragic death of Hugh McKnight, the District Secretary of Mourne.

Mr McKnight died, along with two other local men, when his light aircraft crashed near Annalong.

Fifteen lodges will take part in the Mourne District parade from three districts — Kilkeel, Ballymartin and Annalong.

They will assemble at 11.30am on the main Kilkeel/Newcastle Road and parade through Annalong to the demonstration field at Hillmount Road.

It is expected that 800 Orangemen will take part in the parade.


Forty-five lodges, accompanied by 35 bands and lambeg drums, will take part in Independent Orange Rasharkin demonstration.

The parade will assemble at Finvoy Road at 1pm and go through the village to the demonstration field at Duneaney Road.

The guest speaker will be the County Grand Master Joe Gaston.

The Independent brethren's Portglenone demonstration will feature a smaller number of bands and lodges than other Orange parades in North Antrim.

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