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Relaxed mood during Orange parade
Orangemen on the march in Donegal
The mood was relaxed during the Donegal parade
Members of the Protestant Orange Order have taken part in an annual pre-Twelfth parade in County Donegal.

The Rossnowlagh parade brought together Orangemen from the border counties of Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan and Leitrim as well as many from Northern Ireland.

Joined by loyal order members from Liverpool, Orangemen and bands marched along a one-mile route into the village before a religious service.

The Orange Order had expected between 50 and 60 lodges to take part.

Twenty lodges belong to the Orange Order in Donegal, but it said there had been a steady increase in new members in recent times.

The demonstration is known for its relaxed and peaceful atmosphere and has been problem-free in previous years.

Inspector Gerry Curley said the atmosphere was, as usual, very easy going.

"It's a family day out in general for the people involved - for the people taking part and the spectators. It's generally a very enjoyable day for them," he said.

"And we plan for that, to allow the people to enjoy themselves."

There is none of the security seen at some marches in Northern Ireland, despite Rossnowlagh being a mainly Catholic area.

The march comes three days ahead of the annual 12 July celebrations across Northern Ireland to mark the anniversary of the 1690 Battle of the Boyne.

Tuesday is the biggest day in the Protestant marching season.

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