09 July 2009

ROSSNOWLAGH

The annual Twelfth parade in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, will be held on Saturday, July 11.

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 1.15pm.

The parade then goes 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.

Visiting Orange dignitaries from around the world will lead the parade, set against the backdrop of the Donegal Hills and the rolling breakers of the Atlantic.

A religious service will be held at 3pm and the guest speaker will be the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Robert Saulters.

The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since 1978 and it has become traditional to hold the parade on the Saturday before the main Twelfth parades. This means that lodges in the Irish Republic are able to attend the Twelfth demonstrations in Northern Ireland.
There are 44 Orange Halls in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim and the Orange Order has members in nine counties in the Irish Republic.