In one Donegal seaside resort on Saturday last the predominant colour was not a bright blue rather a bright shade of orange.
With the combination of surf, sea, sand and plenty of traditional Donegal hospitality the traditional 12th. celebrations in Rossnowlagh are one of the most popular in the calendar.
The Grand Master of the Orange Lodge Edward Stevenson speaking to the large gathering praised the parade and described Rossnowlagh as “the hidden gem of the Twelfth.”
As thousands of Orangemen gathered in Rossnowlagh to celebrate the Twelfth gardai reported no issues other than considerable traffic delays afterwards.
Up on 50 bands from the Republic marched in the parade accompanied by another 25 from Northern Ireland. The whole day passed off without incident.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat, David Mahon, Grand Master of Donegal said, “It has been an absolutely tremendous day - in all my lifetime I have never seen such a crowd attending the celebrations here in Rossnowlagh. It has been a jovial, party-like occasion and a celebration of a culture which is shared by many on this island.”
Paul Diver of the Sandhouse Hotel said, “In all my time here in the hotel I have never seen such crowds -it was great to see all the surfers mingling with the marchers. I suppose you could call it “the normalisation of the Twelfth.”
“From a business perspective the whole weekend has been the busiest in the history of the hotel.”