A tale of two cities - marching season in Northern Ireland

John Nagle

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Given the power of symbols and parades to generate violence in so-called post-conflict Northern Ireland, it is with some anxiety that the region waits on another round of contentious parades this weekend.

First, in the capital Belfast, Irish nationalists march into the city centre to commemorate the anniversary of internment. Then, unionists in the Apprentice Boys organisation partake of their traditional parade in Derry, the region’s second city the name of which is a point of inter-community disagreement. (Nationalists prefer Derry, unionists Londonderry. The official line is an awkward compromise: Derry-Londonderry.)
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2013

Bibliographical note

John Nagle has received funding from the AHRC.


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