Witness the Splendor of Donegal’s Orange Parade in Historic Rossnowlagh
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Witness the Splendor of Donegal’s Orange Parade in Historic Rossnowlagh

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The annual Orange Order parade in the scenic seaside village of Rossnowlagh, County Donegal, proved to be a major attraction as thousands of people gathered to witness the colorful event. The parade featured a significant participation from up to sixty lodges hailing from Donegal and neighboring counties such as Cavan, Leitrim, and Monaghan. Joining them were lodges from across Northern Ireland, who traditionally make their way to Rossnowlagh before returning home to celebrate the Twelfth. The international flavor of the parade was evident as visitors from overseas enthusiastically joined in the festivities.

Addressing concerns about the weather, Donegal County Grand Master David Mahon expressed a positive outlook, stating, “Despite the wet weather in the lead-up to Saturday, the mood remains upbeat.” The parade was expected to include a remarkable showcase of between 35 and 50 bands, accompanied by 50 to 60 lodges, contingent upon the ever-changing weather forecast. Mahon emphasized the family-friendly nature of the event, attracting a diverse crowd from near and far. He lauded the strong sense of camaraderie and support received from the local communities, reflecting the harmonious relationship between the Orange Order and the wider community.

Highlighting the vitality of the Orange Order in County Donegal, Mahon stated, “We have several lodges, ranging in membership from 10 to 75 members.” The parade welcomed the participation of the newly formed Doorin Flute Band from Killybegs, which made its debut appearance. Placed prominently near the start of the parade, the band garnered well-deserved recognition.

Among the participants, Mandy Ellis, a member of the Doorin band, expressed her excitement, proclaiming, “This is a momentous day for our band to be part of the parade.” Ellis highlighted the thrill felt by band members who had never before played their instruments while marching, adding to the overall anticipation. Additionally, Joe Cully, originally from Shankill Road and now residing in Canada, expressed his delight at being back home for the celebration. Despite having left in the 1970s and now settled outside Toronto, Cully made it a point to return to Northern Ireland for the Twelfth, relishing the opportunity to visit the picturesque region of Donegal.

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