What happens on the 12th of July in Belfast?

What happens on the 12th of July in Belfast?

Clashes broke out between Orange marchers and Irish nationalists in Belfast on 12 July 1813. Several Orangemen opened fire on a crowd in Hercules Street, killing two Protestants and wounding four other people.

Is the twelfth Cancelled 2021?

The Twelfth of July parades will take place in 2021, the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has announced. “The current regulations are such that the traditional county or combined district Twelfth parades are not possible,” the Grand Lodge said.

What does Orangemen’s day celebrate?

Irish Protestants celebrate Orangemen’s Day — also known as The Twelfth or Glorious Twelfth — on the July 12th of July every year. The day commemorates Protestant king William of Orange’s victory over Catholic king James II at the Battle of the Boyne: a pivotal moment for the Protestant cause.

Is the 12th of July a public holiday in Belfast?

However, no matter your affiliations, if you’re in Belfast on July 12 you cannot fail to witness a spectacle like no other on this island. July 12 (or 13th if the 12th is on a Sunday) is a NI public holiday. Many locals of all backgrounds take the ‘Twelfth Fortnight’ as their annual summer holiday, and banks and offices close on the day.

When is the Eleventh Night bonfire in Belfast?

On July 11, ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires are lit in staunchly Protestant areas. Many are massive constructions of wooden pallets, old sofas and rubber tyres topped with Irish flags or effigies of pro-Nationalist figures.

Is the twelfth of July divisive in Northern Ireland?

The Twelfth is a divisive date in NI’s calendar, with the obvious Protestants v Catholics narrative. Many Catholics vehemently oppose parades which pass near or through their areas, particularly the interface at Belfast’s Ardoyne estate. It is, therefore, best to avoid this area.

What to do in Belfast in February 2019?

After huge success with 2019’s Belfast Restaurant Week, the mouth-watering event is back! Take advantage of delicious food… With over 200 events, the NI Science Festival returns for its 6th year, offering a stimulating and wide… This February bring your friends and family and see who can make the biggest splash with the special…