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The Twelfth wasn't always so combative. Perhaps decency and respect can yet bridge the divide

Gail Walker


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Memories: Twelfth was an occasion. Credit: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Memories: Twelfth was an occasion. Credit: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

AFP via Getty Images

Memories: Twelfth was an occasion. Credit: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Just as the song of the swallow heralds spring, another annual squawk alerts us to the arrival of summer in Northern Ireland: the first news story about a bonfire.

It will be too high. Or too close to people’s homes. Or have election posters placed on it. Possibly all three.


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