Thousands march in Rossnowlagh parade

Thousands of Orangemen and women have taken part in a traditional Twelfth parade in Rossnowlagh in Co Donegal.

Members representing some 50 lodges from across Ireland descended upon the seaside village on Saturday to celebrate Protestantism and King Billy's victory at the Boyne.

Armed Gardai kept a low profile as brethren who had crossed the border from Northern Ireland walked the narrow country road in Rossnowlagh.

There were lodge members and accompanying bands from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan. Credit: Press Eye

The two-mile march ended with the religious service amid the sand dunes and with the Atlantic as its backdrop.

In his keynote speech, the Assistant Grand Master Stuart Brooker said if the institution is to maintain its rightful place in society, it must be promoted as good and positive and relevant and worthwhile to the wider community.