Band plays hymn past Catholic church

Published Sunday, 28 April 2013
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A loyalist band has broken a Parades Commission ruling not to play music past a Catholic church in north Belfast.

Band plays hymn past Catholic church
Bands march past St Patrick's church in north Belfast. (© Pacemaker)

The City of Belfast Orange Widows Fund was allowed to sound only a single drum beat between Carrick Hill and Donegall Street - which includes St Patrick's church - during the parade on Sunday afternoon.

But as three bands marched the controversial part of the route, a hymn was played.

Around 20 nationalist protestors gathered at Clifton Street with a banner which read 'respect our community'.

There was a visible security presence in the area close to the church while the march took place.

In a further Parades Commission determination, no supporters were allowed to accompany the parade past the church.

The Donegall Street area has become a flashpoint since trouble broke out following a Black Institution parade at the end of August.

Meanwhile on the Twelfth of July members of a loyalist band were filmed marching in circles and playing a tune alleged to be sectarian outside the church.

Those taking part in Sunday's parade travelled to a church in east Belfast for a thanksgiving service, before leaving the Newtownards Road shortly before 5pm.

That parade made its way back along Donegall Street, where music was played again by bands. However, the march passed off peacefully, with a small protest by Carrick Hill residents.

Carál Ní Chuilín, Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, said: "This is fairly early on in what's become known as the marching season and I think the Loyal Orders in particular need to be very, very responsible in these areas.

"Everyone says they want a peaceful time, what they need to do is demonstrate how they're going to make that happen.

"The only way to make that happen is through dialogue, sitting down with residents and working out their issues," she added.

Father Michael Sheehan from St Patrick's Church said he was disappointed at the breach, but added that it was a dignified parade.

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maggie in northern ireland wrote (570 days ago):
Irish girl Ireland. You seem to think a Orangeman only parades to show hate for Catholics. ITS NOT ABOUT CATHOLICS. ITS PROTESTANTS ABOUT PROTESTANTS JOINING TOGETHER FOR THEIR CULTURE. EDUCATION NEEDED HERE. WE SHOULD BE NOW INTO SHARING AND ALLOWING OTHERS TO SHOW THEIR FAITH. DO YOU THINK THE AOH SHOWS HATE FOR PROTESTANTS WHEN THEY MARCH ? we need to sort this out quickly before trouble starts again.
lorna in limavady wrote (570 days ago):
Irish girl Ireland. There is nothing Christian about intolerance shown to another community. What does the Pope say "show tolerance" then we shall have peace. The parade was made up of Widows of Orangemen. The Order has so much work to do education for another culture the has no idea about the order. Men on parade are no threat to the community but hostility only brings hate. I want understanding to be shown otherwise the troubles will never end.
Eamo in Belfast wrote (571 days ago):
To Michael H this parade is dancing and sing to offencive songs going past the Catholic place of worship. They were videoed playing sectarian tunes with great vigour outside this Catholic place of worship. They do not disrepect their own church in this way. Why when a restriction that could have settled things down was ignored do you think that the Catholic population do not respect the order. The order apply to themselves and do not give a damn about the Catholic population here. They bussed themselves back from the field to walk 200 meters diwn the Crumlin Road past Catholic residence just to be bussed back to the field last year. Now can you give me a reason why we would want this to happen again.
Michael H in Belfast wrote (571 days ago):
Can someone from the Nationalist/Republican community please explain to all us 'stupid' Loyalists why there is suddenly a problem with the parades here. The parades have been going past this area through the darkest days of the troubles without so much as a peep from Republicans. Then we get 'peace' and suddenly there are residents groups all over the place. Including the city centre it seems where there is a Church but no houses. Sure why let that get in the way of attacking the PUL community and antagonising things.
seamas in belfast wrote (571 days ago):
The Parades Commission are failing to protect small catholic communities from these overt sectarian displays. Trying to allow the parade itself, with restrictions on bands and supporters, isn’t working. The Orange Order has proved time and time again that it will not stick to the restrictions. That tactic has got to be abandoned by the Commission. It doesn’t work. The answer here is simple. Reroute these parades away from objecting residents’ homes. That’s the only way to deal with the Orange Order.
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