A reveller drinks in front of a bonfire in the Sandy Row area after it is lit by petrol bombs. Photograph: Reuters

Huge bonfires have burned in loyalist areas across Northern Ireland to usher in the main date in the loyal order marching season – the Twelfth of July(...)

An effigy of former Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness was attached to a bonfire  in east Belfast ahead of the key date in the protestant loyal order marching season - the Twelfth of July. Photograph: PA Wire

A black coffin with an image of the late Sinn Féin deputy first minister Martin McGuinness has been attached to a bonfire near the Castlereagh Road in(...)

Masked men continue to build a bonfire at Inverary Playing Fields in Belfast. Police in Northern Ireland have warned their resources could be stretched amid growing fears of tension around the burning of Eleventh night bonfires. Photograph: PA Wire

Masked loyalists appear to have broken a court order banning them from extending an Eleventh night bonfire in Belfast. The loyalists, wearing balacla(...)

Dublin & Wicklow Orange Lodge: Chris Thackaberry. Photograph: Bryan Meade

The Orange Order was once embraced in some southern counties, as is amply illustrated by a folk tale about two men from the Co Cavan village of Killes(...)

The stirrups can be seen in this painting, ‘The Battle of the Boyne’, by Dutch artist Jan van Huchtenburg

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The Twelfth of July Orange Order march arrives onto the Crumlin Rd in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

This year’s annual Twelfth of July celebrations in the North have been described as the most successful, peaceful and trouble-free in years by police (...)

A Twelfth of July Orange Order parade arrives on the Crumlin Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 12th, 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A resolution to one of the longest-running conflicts around parades in Northern Ireland was close, community workers and political leaders said. Talk(...)

Three houses are seen burnt down from a bonfire in the Shankill Road area as a result of the ‘Eleventh night’ celebrations. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Thousands of Orange Order members will take part in annual Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland today. Some 18 demonstrations are being st(...)

A bonfire being set ablaze at Lanark Way on Belfast’s Shankill Road on the “Eleventh Night”. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress Belfast

Firefighters were summoned to an incident involving a bonfire as huge blazes were lit in loyalist communities across Northern Ireland last night marki(...)