Orange Order play controversial song past Catholic Church

The Orange Order parade passing St Mathew's Church Credit: ITV News

The Orange Order have played 'The Sash' as they passed St Matthew's Catholic Church in the Short Strand, east Belfast, defying an ban on sectarian music imposed by the Parades Commission.

Rioting occurred in North Belfast in August after an Orange Order ban played a song mocking those that died in the Irish Famine as they passed St Patrick's Church in North Belfast.

The Parades Commission ruled that the march could pass St Matthew's and St Patrick's on the condition they played only sacred music.

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