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Rossnowlagh

The annual Twelfth parade in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, will be held on Saturday 6th July, almost a week ahead of the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland.

Fifty lodges from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen, will take part in the parade which begins close to St. John's Parish Church at 12.30pm.

The parade then processes to the demonstration field, on the edge of the shoreline - surely one of the most beautiful locations for an Orange parade anywhere in the world. The Donegal procession is renowned for its laid-back family atmosphere and low-key security presence.

Lots of tourists and holidaymakers staying in the local caravan parks, joined by many newcomers, are expected to be among the large crowd of spectators lining the meandering parade route; witnessing the colour and spectacle of this distinctive Orange event.

A religious service, set against the backdrop of the Donegal hills and the rolling breakers of the Atlantic, will be held at 3pm.

Proceedings will be chaired by the County Donegal Grand Master, David Mahon.

There are 44 Orange halls in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim and the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has members in nine counties in the Republic.