Burn, baby, burn

Check out these bonfires that are being built to celebrate the commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Dwarfing houses and trees, these enormous bonfire stacks have completely reshaped Belfast’s skyline.

The huge tyre mounds, many of which are more than 100ft tall, have been built as the city nervously prepares for an annual Protestant loyalist celebration.   

Hundreds of fires will be set alight at midnight tomorrow as Protestant loyalists commemorate the Battle of the Boyne.

The annual demonstration sees thousands of Orange Order members and bandsmen go on parade across Northern Ireland – which has sparked serious rioting and violence in recent years between loyalists and nationalists.

A total of 550 parades are due to take place throughout Northern Ireland on Friday with 43 deemed to be contentious, resulting in hundreds of extra police officers been drafted on to the streets.

In recent years police officers have been battered with bricks, bottles and petrol bombs. Last year shots were also fired and a pipe bomb hurled at police lines in the Ardoyne.

The celebration marks the defeat of the Catholic King James, by the Protestant William of Orange in 1690, which was one of the major turning points in Irish history.

Taking place in1690, and known as the Battle of the Boyne, around 36,000 troops commanded by King William III defeated an army of approximately 25,000 troops led by King James II along the river Boyne near the town of Drogheda.

The victory of Protestant William over the forces of England’s Catholic king created a Protestant ascendancy in the Emerald Isle – most notably in the Ulster region.

The battle took place on 1 July in the Julian calendar, which is equivalent to 11 July in the Gregorian calendar, and the celebration is held each year on the 12th.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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