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The twelfth is upon us again

  • 24-06-2022 7:46am
    Registered Users Posts: 9,359 ✭✭✭ downcow

    The twelfth holidays and associated community celebrations are about to get going. I realise not everyone in Northern Ireland wishes to take part but why can’t those uninterested not just let those who want to participate get along.

    the nationalist politicians and the media outlets have began already to demonise the celebrations. We can all pick holes in most community events in NI and point out inappropriate aspects and things we’d prefer weren’t continued but it seems to be only the unionist celebrations that come under that scrutiny.

    here is an example just from this week where nationalists are trying to wind up local unionist young people. These young people have spent months preparing their fire, for it to be wiped out in one sectarian action. The local community will now work to focus the young people’s energy into rebuilding rather that being sucked into the nationalist trap of retaliation.

    why can’t those who don’t want to participate not just leave us alone, rather than sneaking into areas in the cover of darkness to carry out their actions of hate?



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,120 ✭✭✭✭ BattleCorp

    A Northern Ireland delivery driver used to deliver 5 days a week to where I worked in Newbridge. We'd a normal friendly working relationship, a bit of a chat about the weather, traffic, what's happening at the weekend etc. This had been going on for about 8 or 9 months. We were getting on grand. Then one day I wore a white tee shirt with a blue and white stripe on the shoulder. He asked me if I was wearing it for the holidays (I didn't even notice that it was near the 12th nor did I notice the tee shirt had the Union Jack colours, like why the fcuk would I?). I replied "It's not a holiday where I come from". He never ever spoke to me after that.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,628 ✭✭✭✭ El Weirdo

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭ bad2thebone

    Ah yes,those were the days walking down the street after a few pints, getting a hiding from skinheads with union jack t-shirts and doc martens.

    Back in those times we took it on the chin,head and rib's. No other choice and you'd be lucky to get a broken rib.

    No jobs either, a lot moved down to Shannon in the 70's and 80's. They had their own community on the east side of the town, settled in quite well. They drank in the Shannon Knights bar all you'd hear was northern accents and even the grandkids have northern accents.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,017 ✭✭✭✭ blanch152

    He sounds like a fella from Monaghan I once ran into.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,270 ✭✭✭✭ maccored

  • Registered Users Posts: 75,930 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn

    I see GB News are going to take their place 😂

    I recall in the 90's Sky News would have the Drumcree march live from outside the church awaiting it all to kick off after the mass.

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 35,138 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle

    why don't they just march in places where they are wanted

    Where is the fun in that? It is more craic to wind up the dirty Taigs!

  • I know of one 40+ years ago that sure as **** wasn't burned early by a "rival". 🤣

  • The memorial to soldiers killed at narrowwater hasnt been damaged since one william frazier departed to his ethernal reward.....go figure

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,880 ✭✭✭ Floppybits

    Ah ya see the unionists haven't left the 800's yet.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,359 ✭✭✭ downcow

    All so predictable. Pathetic really. Just picking isolated incidents and trying to label weeks of celebration. I could do likewise with any aspect of Irish cultural celebration.

    if you believe your inputs are representative of what goes on then I guess your attitudes are understandable - but it says so much more about nationalist prejudice than it does about July celebrations