Twelfth marked by big gesture

Grand Master of the Donegal Orange Order expressed his delight at the invitation to President Michael D Higgins to attend the march in Rossnowlagh. INDP 0707 David Mahon 1 MVB

Grand Master of the Donegal Orange Order expressed his delight at the invitation to President Michael D Higgins to attend the march in Rossnowlagh. INDP 0707 David Mahon 1 MVB

As thousands of Orangemen prepare to enjoy the Twelfth in Limavady on Saturday, Grand Lodge says it is set to formally invite Irish President Michael D. Higgins to the annual Rossnowlagh demonstration next year and that he’d be as welcome as anyone else at a future Twelfth in Londonderry.

Grand Lodge told the Sentinel there are no plans, at this stage, to formally invite President Higgins to demonstrations in Londonderry or elsewhere in Northern Ireland, but his presence would be welcome.

Asked if the door was open to such a move following on from the success of the Twelfth in Londonderry during the City of Culture celebrations a spokesperson for the Grand Lodge said: “The Twelfth is a public event and is open to all to attend,”

 

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