Burn, baby, burn

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

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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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  • maninblack

    bugger if i would let them burn that tire fire near my house.

    • All_on_Red

      Just thinking that. How long will that one burn for!

    • All_on_Red

      Just thinking that. How long will that one burn for!

  • Sidey

    Be awesome to see those go up.

    Meanwhile, in many parts of NZ you can’t burn a small pile of tree clippings without having the council come down on you. Unless you’re a farmer or course, then you can set fire to entire hillsides and send more stuff into the atmosphere in a day than I could possible manage in a lifetime of keeping the family warm. Or the lawn clipping-free.

  • Timboh

    Be a lot better if the Orange Order lunatics living in the past planned to jump on.

  • cows4me

    Crazy bastards, shit you wouldn’t want to live next to one of those. The bloody heat will burn half the city down.

  • cows4me

    Crazy bastards, shit you wouldn’t want to live next to one of those. The bloody heat will burn half the city down.

  • tarkwin

    Should stick Russel Norman on top. Probably too wet to burn.

    • Ratchet

      He’ll dry out soon enough…

    • cows4me

      Could use him for kindling

    • BR

      We could give him his flag back just before they pour the petrol on.

      Bill.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Most of those pallets will be tanalised timber – where are the flaky Greens?

  • HtD

    Evil bigots. Protestants v Catholics. That’s religion for you. Morality arises from the bible? Don’t make me laugh. Sunni v Shiite is the other side of the same coin. And every religion v every other religion.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    Ya wouldn’t want a sneaky mick come along at night and chuck a cigarette butt on it would ya.

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