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Unusual nature of this Twelfth could be one to celebrate

Jon Tonge


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Orangemen march through Rathfriland last year

Orangemen march through Rathfriland last year

Orangemen march through Rathfriland last year

To adapt an old song, every day (of this weekend) is the Twelfth of July. Some 33 applications for parades on Saturday, four on the Sabbath itself and 233 for Monday. At the maximum permitted 30 per gathering, that is more than 8,000 marchers stretching their legs.

Some hastily arranged Zoom meetings for the Parades Commission to look at the routes.

Not-the-Twelfth could be even bigger than a republican funeral.