Gardaí alert public to road closures during tomorrow's Royal Black Institution procession

Royal Black Institution

Gardaí alert public to road closures during tomorrow's Royal Black Institution procession
Staff Reporter editorial@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 27th, the Royal Black Institution will hold the last Saturday demonstration in Raphoe.

The procession begins at 12 noon, when more than 40 preceptories, accompanied by marching bands from the north west, will follow a route through Raphoe from the Royal and Prior School back to the car park at the Raphoe Mart, where a religious service will be held at 2pm.

Local roads will be closed from about 11.30am to 1.15pm and from about 3.45pm to 5.15pm tomorrow.

Local traffic will be allowed on the R236, Derry to Raphoe road, from the Racecourse Road junction to the Garda Station, from 10.30am to about 5.30pm.

The R236, Derry to Raphoe road, from the Racecourse Road junction, William Street and all of the Diamond will be closed.

Only local traffic will be permitted through the Glenmaquin junction in the Raphoe direction.

Diversions will be in place and signposted.

The religious service will be conducted by Sir Knight Rev Joe Andrews, county grand chaplain; and the guest speaker will be Sir Knight Ivan Kelly from Coleraine, deputy grand master of the institution.

The Raphoe Royal Black District Chapter is hosting the County Londonderry’s last Saturday demonstration of the Royal Black Institution, and district officers from the host district will be dressed in 1916 period dress to commemorate Sir Knights from the district who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Following the religious service, the procession will reform and follow the route back to the Derry Road.

The annual demonstration was last held in Raphoe in 2005.

The organising district are also holding an exhibition and lecture on the institution in the Raphoe Orange Hall at 8pm, Monday, August 22nd. The lecture is open to the general public and admission is free.

An exhibition of artefacts from World War I will be held in the hall on Monday and Tuesday nights. Admission is free.