The Twelfth: Details of all Orange demonstrations

Marchers in Rossnowlagh for Twelfth demonstrations, 2013
Marchers in Rossnowlagh for Twelfth demonstrations, 2013

This year the Twelfth of July falls on a Sunday and all the Northern Ireland demonstrations will be held on Monday (with Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal, being held on Saturday).

An estimated 50,000 Orangemen and women and band members will take part in the annual cultural spectacle at 20 venues, comprising of 1,400 lodges and 900 bands, with upwards of 100 Lambeg drums called up to lead the lodges.

Orange contingents from Scotland, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States are also expected, with a strong dimension from the Republic’s border counties.


Fifty lodges from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as hundreds of Northern Ireland Orangemen, and headed by 30 bands, will take part in the traditional Rossnowlagh demonstration.

The parade will start close to St John’s Parish Church in the Co Donegal coastal resort at 12.30pm, making its way along a narrow country road to the demonstration field on the edge of the Atlantic shoreline.

A religious service will be held at 3pm, conducted by local Church of Ireland minister the Rev Brian Russell. Guest speaker will be the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland Harold Henning. He will be joined the Donegal Grand Master David Mahon.

Among lodges on parade will be Donegal Orangemen from Convoy and Newtowncunningham. Since the last Twelfth in Rossnowlagh, their Orange halls were both destroyed in arson attacks.

The Twelfth parade in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978. It has become traditional to hold the parade on the Saturday before the main Twelfth parades in Northern Ireland.


Eleven districts will join at this ‘Flagship’ event, with 154 lodges and 5,000 brethren. Ladies from the Women’s Institution will be joined by several junior lodges.

The Armagh demonstration attracts 15,000 spectators and the Grand Master of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, is principal guest. Seventy bands will accompany the lodges with 60 Lambeg drums.

The Orange Order was founded at The Diamond in Co Armagh in 1795. This year the smallest district, Bessbrook, with four lodges, hosts the parade.

Bessbrook brethren begin the day with a parade to the Kingsmill memorial for a short memorial service, to remember 10 local Protestants murdered in the IRA terrorist massacre on January 5, 1976. From there, the district parades to Millvale Road, to await arrival of the visiting districts.

The main parade, led by Bessbrook Crimson Arrow pipe band, starts at 9.45am. Districts following will be Richhill. Killylea, Portadown, Lurgan, Keady, Armagh, Newtownhamilton, Loughgall, Markethill and Tandragee.

Platform proceedings will be chaired by County Grand Master Denis Watson, with the religious address given by Stephen Kennedy, a member of Bessbrook LOL 959 and assistant minister of Hill Street Presbyterian Church, Lurgan.


As is traditional, Belfast County Grand Lodge officers, guests and the Millar Memorial flute band leave Clifton Street Orange hall at 9.45am and take up position at Carlisle Circus. At 10am, the main parade moves along Clifton Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue to the City Hall for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph.

Following the act of Remembrance, Orangemen and women representing nine districts – accompanied by 60 bands - will proceed via Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue and Malone Road, to the demonstration field at Barnett demesne.

Among the tens of thousands of onlookers lining the six-mile route will be many global visitors. A large Scottish contingent will be in the parade.

Platform proceedings start at 2.45pm and chairman will be County Grand Master George Chittick.

The address will be delivered by the Rev William Malcolmson, Deputy County Chaplain. The return parade leaves at 4.15pm.


Lodges in the Fermanagh Twelfth will pass the only Orange arch in the lakeland county and large crowds, including holidaymakers, will gather near Lough Erne’s shores.

In a parade renowned for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere, 90 lodges, including Orangewomen and Juniors, will be led by 70 bands.

Appropriately, King William on horseback will lead the procession, and he will be joined by a guard of personnel in military uniform, in tribute to those who died in the First World War. Fermanagh county memorial banner has names of 31 Fermanagh members murdered by terrorists.

The 15 Fermanagh districts are - Enniskillen, Kinawley, Florencecourt, Ballinamallard, Lisnarick, Magheraboy, Churchill, Maguiresbridge, Garrison, Tempo, Newtownbutler, Lisbellaw, Brookeborough, Lisnaskea and Pettigo.

Visiting lodges from Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan will be given a place at the head of the parade.

The parade starts at 12.30pm at Ederney Road proceeding to the demonstration field at Mantlin Road.

Chairing proceedings will be County Grand Master Stuart Brooker and the main speaker will be Dean Raymond Thompson, chaplain of Pettigo district.


Scottish Grand Master Hernry Dunbar is special guest at the North Londonderry parade.

Coleraine district lodges will be joined by brethren from Limavady, City of Londonderry, Macosquin and lodges from Co Donegal, with Orangemen from Convoy and Newtowncunningham whose halls were destroyed in arson attacks last year.

Also stepping out will be members of the Orangewomen’s Association and several junior lodges.

The parade assembles at Killowen Street at 11.30am, taking in Coleraine town centre and ending at the Showgrounds.

Main speaker at the platform will Henry Dunbar, a regular visitor to Northern Ireland. Proceedings will be chaired by Coleraine District Master George Duddy.


The Mid-Ulster village hosts South Londonderry demonstration for the first time since 2007.

Eight districts will be on parade – Moneymore, Magherafelt, Garvagh, Kilrea, Ballyronan, Tamlaght O’Crilly, Castledawson, Tobermore.

Fifty bands will join with the 60 lodges and proceed through the village, with the main parade starting at 11am.

The demonstration field is at Moneyhall Road. Platform proceedings will be led by Londonderry County Grand Master Hugh Stewart, who is also District Master of neighbouring district, Magherafelt LOL No 3. The return parade starts at 3.45pm.


Fifty lodges and 40 bands will comprise the North Down demonstration.

Joining Holywood brethren will be Orangemen from Newtownards, Upper Ards and Bangor districts, as well as visiting lodges from Scotland and England. Kircubbin Volunteers LOL 1900 will display their banner, which won the best new banner award at this year’s Orange community awards. The parade starts at Redburn Square at noon, proceeding through the town centre to Ballymenoch Park.

Deputy Grand Master of the Ireland Harold Henning will deliver the main address and officiating at the service will be the Rev David McIlveen. The return parade leaves Ballymenoch Park at 4.15pm.


The Mid-Down village hosts a Twelfth demonstration for the first time in 10 years, and 70 lodges and 40 bands will gather.

Five districts will be on parade and joining Orangemen and women from Saintfield will be lodges from Comber, Ballynahinch, Lecale and Castlewellan districts.

The parade starts at 12.30pm, proceeding from the Old Belfast Road, through the centre of the village to the field at Station Road. Guest speaker will be past County Down Grand Master, Victor Harrison.


One hundred lodges and 80 bands will take part in the South Down Twelfth with eight districts on parade – Bann Valley, Lower Iveagh, Rathfriland, Banbridge, Lower Iveagh West, Loughbrickland, Gilford and Newry.

Upwards of 20,000 people are expected to enjoy what is the largest Co Down demonstration. Lambeg drums and with some high calibre bands will add to the carnival atmosphere.

The parade starts at Huntly Road, Banbridge, at noon and proceeds via the Lurgan Road to the demonstration field at Gilford Road, near Laurencetown Orange Hall.

A religious service will be held there at 2.30pm, led by Rev Hugh Ross, chaplain of host district Bann Valley. The main address will be given by the Order’s Grand Secretary Drew Nelson. The return parade starts at 3.45pm.


One thousand Orangemen from Mourne District LOL No 8 will be on parade in the tiny South Down village.

Mourne District has the biggest individual private lodge, with Ballyvea LOL 343a boasting more than 150 members.

Fourteen of the 15 lodges will be led by their own bands.

Lodges from Kilkeel will leave the town’s Orange hall at 10.45am and parade several miles to Pat’s Road near Ballymartin. Here, they will meet the rest of the district. Guest speaker will be Gary Bingham from Belfast City Mission.


The largest Twelfth parade in Tyrone is in one of the county’s smallest hamlets.

Joining Benburb brethren will be Orangemen and women from six other districts - Stewartstown, Cookstown, Castlecaulfield, Pomeroy, Coagh and Killyman, with 70 lodges and 50 bands.

The parade starts at 12.30pm from Derryfubble Road to Confeacle Road. Among dignitaries present will be Tyrone County Grand Master James Emery and Sovereign Grand Master of the Black Institution Millar Farr.

Guest speaker will be James Maclean, Grand Treasurer of Scotland. The Rev David Reid will conduct the religious service.


Orangemen and women representing six districts will be on parade in west Tyrone.

Five thousand Orangemen and band members will take part from 55 lodges and 40 bands from Omagh, Sixmilecross, Newtownstewart, Killen and Strabane districts.

Blair Memorial Flute Band, from Omagh, celebrating their 40th anniversary, will lead the parade, which starts at Ecclesville Park at 12.30pm.

The Rev Ivan Dinsmore, City of Londonderry Chaplain, will lead the worship. Other speakers will be Trevor Lockhart, Co Tyrone Grand Secretary, and the Rev Alan Irwin, Deputy Lecturer.


Parade participants will be running as well as walking on the Clogher Valley Twelfth.

Orangemen – in full regalia including bowler hats and collarettes – will participate in a 50-metre dash, with winners being designated in the junior, veteran and open categories.

The competition is cross-border with Co Monaghan brethren joining 25 lodges from Fivemiletown and Annahoe districts, and a similar number of bands.

The parade starts at Murley Road at 12.15pm, proceeding to Fivemiletown College grounds for a service. Guest speaker will be Robert Little of the Faith Mission.


Antrim town hosts the East Antrim Combine Twelfth with nine district lodges, encompassing 70 lodges and 4,000 members. Sixty bands will head the lodges.

Districts represented will be Killead, Larne, Randalstown, Staffordstown, Antrim, Sixmilewater, Carrickfergus, Cloughfern and Carnmoney.

The parade starts at 11am from Fountain Hill, led by King William on horseback. It proceeds through Antrim town centre to the demonstration field at Castle Road.

The day will have special significance for members of Cairncastle LOL 692, Larne, who celebrate their 190th anniversary this year. The religious service will be conducted by the Rev John Farr.


Thirty lodges and accompanying bands will parade in Ballymena. The town is the only one which has a demonstration every year.

Orangemen and 15 bands will assemble at Waveney Road at 12.30pm and proceed through the town centre to the demonstration field at Ballee Road. This year the honour of hosting the parade belongs to brethren of Kernoghan’s True Blues LOL 1112.

There is always a strong Scottish presence for the Ballymena Twelfth. This year, Past Grand Master of Scotland Iain Wilson will be guest speaker. Others on the platform will include Co Antrim Grand Master Robin Matthews, Grand Chaplain Rev Ian McClean and Past New Zealand Grand Master Charles Ferrel.


South Antrim Combine demonstration this year is hosted by Derriaghy district.

Seven districts, comprising 70 lodges, will participate, led by Derriaghy and followed by Ballinderry, Magheragall, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Aghalee and Glenavy. Three thousand Orangemen will be led by 40 bands, with the largest contingent from Lisburn district.

The parade moves off from Queensway at 11.30am, proceeding through Derriaghy and Dunmurry, ending field at Fullerton Park. Guest speaker will be Ron Bather, Grand Master of England.


Mid-Antrim triangle lodges will participate in the only Twelfth demonstration located in two counties.

The 16 lodges will commence in Co Antrim and proceed to a religious service in neighbouring Co Londonderry. In other years, Ahoghill and Cullybackey are venues for this Triangle parade.

Half of the lodges will be accompanied by Lambeg drums. Cullybackey LOL 696 flute takes part for the first time. The parade starts at 12.30pm at Cullybackey Road, proceeding through the village to the field at Clady Road. Guest speaker at the religious service will be Cullybackey Presbyterian minister, the Rev David McGaughey.


Holidaymakers staying on the Causeway Coast will be among the crowds enjoying the Twelfth in Bushmills. Fifty lodges will take part in this North Antrim Combine demonstration.

Brethren on parade represent five districts - Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Rasharkin, Cloughmills and Bushmills.

Thirty bands and 20 Lambeg drums will lead the parade, moving off from Castlecatt Road at 1pm, and passing to the field at Whitepark Road. Guest speaker will be past Deputy Grand Master the Rev Alistair Smyth.


Broughshane plays host to this year’s Braid Twelfth – one of the smallest demonstrations.

Eleven lodges – representing 350 Orangemen – will be led by nine bands and a number of Lambeg drums. Host lodge Jamisons’ True Blues Skerry LOL 532 will have lead position.

The parade starts at noon, moving from Tullymore Road through the village to Beechvale, to the community centre for the religious service. Guest speaker will be UKIP spokesman Robert Stoker. The religious service will be conducted by Rev Dr Paul Reid, Deputy County Grand Chaplain.


The 20 lodges and bands of the Independent Orange Order will celebrate in Ballymoney, hosted by the local district lodge.

Brethren and bands will assemble in Megaw Park on the Coleraine Road and complete a circuit of the town before platform proceedings commence at 2.30pm under the chairmanship of James Anderson, County Grand Master of Antrim.

The Independent Order, formed in the early part of the 20th century and is mostly based in Co Antrim, traditionally takes a strongly Protestant Reformed theme.



As members of the Loyal Orange Institution we give thanks to Almighty God for His salvation, planned by God the Father in eternity, purchased by God the Son by His substitutionary sacrifice on Calvary and applied to sinners by the work of the Holy Spirit.

As Bible-believing Protestants we declare that while salvation is received by faith alone, without works, moral or religious, it leads to a life of humble obedience to the law of God and to Christian service.

We deeply regret the increasing immorality and opposition to God’s Word at all levels within our society and the determination of many to deprive Christians of their liberty to live in obedience to their Lord.

We call on all Orangemen to stand fast for the faith that is ours by heritage and conviction and to live lives that glorify God and demonstrate the high principles of our Institution.


That we, the Orangemen assembled in commemoration of the 325th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne do hereby reaffirm our devotion and loyalty to the Throne and Person of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Her other Realms, Defender of The Faith.

We note that on September 9, 2015, DV, Her Majesty the Queen will become the longest serving British monarch. We reflect on a reign which has been marked with dignity and service to her people and express our profound indebtedness to her for that service, which has been outstanding and inspirational.

The Institution also appreciates the continuing role played by the other members of the Royal Family and expresses thanks and appreciation to them all. We congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the recent birth of Princess Charlotte this year.


As an Institution we cherish the Union, which offers civil liberties for all and special privileges for none. We welcome the outcome of the Scottish Referendum of September 2014 which maintained Scotland’s position within the Union. We believe that, as the outcome of the general election has shown, threats to the Union remain strong. We urge our political representatives to stand firm on unionist principles.

We are mindful of our brethren who are subject to attacks on their property and attempts to prevent their parades. We call on those who protest against us to show tolerance and respect for others. We re-iterate our support today for all lodges who have had traditional parades restricted and been treated unjustly and unfairly. We say ‘Let them home’. We remind everyone that peaceful and dignified protest remains our best means of opposition to the illogical decisions of the Parades Commission.

In this 40th anniversary year of the massacre of five Orangemen in their hall at Tullyvallen in County Armagh we bring to mind all our brethren who lost their lives through terrorism. They will not be forgotten. Their story will continue to be told.

As we look ahead to the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, we are reminded of the sacrifice which many Orange brethren made during the First World War.

We pledge to commemorate them with pride and dignity in 2016.