Order in 'hymns only' policy past church

Published Wednesday, 11 June 2014
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The County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast has announced that all parades under its jurisdiction will only play hymns as they pass a Catholic Church in north Belfast.

Order in 'hymns only' policy past church
A band stops to play The Sash outside St Patrick's Church last year. (© Presseye)

The initiative has been applied to six parades, including the upcoming Tour of the North and on the Twelfth of July.

"Building on the success of last year's initiative, steps will also be taken to ensure no one on parade will stop outside the chapel," a statement said.

"We hope this action will be welcomed by all concerned and accepted in the spirit made.

"The open invitation from the county for further conversations with the parish priest and members of the congregation remains live."

St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street has been a flashpoint for trouble after a band was filmed circling the church and playing a sectarian song on 12 July 2012.

Previous Parades Commission rulings have enforced a 'single drumbeat' or 'hymns only' policy when bands pass the church.

A determination is expected for next Friday's Tour of the North parade is due this week.

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13 Comments
D in belfast wrote (133 days ago):
well people have the right not to have a band parade banging drums and all its supporters shouting and singing marching through their community past their homes especially when the parade in question is from an organisation that is all about the hatred and the despising of the community it wants to march through! its common sense really, and those days are gone thank God.!
lucylou in belfast wrote (135 days ago):
Brian in N Belfast=== why are you waiting to see what hymn is played?? Are you praying for one that might 'offend' you. You sound like you are. If so, what hymn would that be?
David in Belfast wrote (136 days ago):
I have to say its hard to disagree with Gerards comment.
Colin in South Down wrote (136 days ago):
It would be great if they played "Regina Coeli" or "Ave Maria" or even "Hail Glorious St. Patrick" in honor of our great shared Saint and in honor of the Church dedicated to him.
William McCullough in Belfast wrote (136 days ago):
Another step in the right direction. Surely the residents must welcome & appreciate another gesture. At the end of the day it only takes a few minutes for the parades to pass and we should all learn tolerance. One thing I would say is that if parades are allowed past the Ardoyne shops + contentious areas that no one displays triumphalism + walk past quickly quietly and with dignity.
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