Dungiven Orange parade passes without protest

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An Orange parade has taken place in Dungiven without any protest from a local residents’ group.

Orangemen from the Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 walked in silence from New Street to a church service on Main Street at 9.45 am, and made their return walk shortly before 11am.

Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 parade makes it way up Main Street, Dungiven on Sunday.

Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 parade makes it way up Main Street, Dungiven on Sunday.

The parade is without banners or bands and, according to The Parades Commission, the expected number of participants on Sunday was 75. The ‘Journal’ understands participants numbered around 65.

Compared to previous years there was a low-key police presence at the parade with approximately seven officers on duty. In previous years, a local residents’ group has staged peaceful protests during the parade, which lasts approximately 10 minutes.

However, in a breakthrough after talks in recent months, agreement was reached earlier this week that no protest would take place.

Some of those involved in the talks were present on Sunday.

Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 on the return route on Sunday.

Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 on the return route on Sunday.

In a statement released to the ‘Journal’ on Tuesday, a spokesperson for mediators involved in the talks said: “Those who attended the meetings are asking that everyone’s rights and culture be respected and that all arrangements for the parade are adhered to. The mediators wish to thank all who participated and are prepared to work with all of the groups in future to address ongoing concerns.”

(See Tuesday’s Journal for more on this story)