Edenderry Bonfire

Edenderry bonfire standing tall on the site of the former Portadown railway station, with commemorative plaque to the Ulster Volunteers on the left-hand pillar.
Elsewhere in Portadown, local residents were advised by the council to leave their homes ahead of the Corcrain/Redmanville bonfire, to be lit tonight (10th) (BBC).
See previously: The Killicomaine bonfire: Respect.
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Respect

Two images today from our Portadown correspondent of the ‘Respect’ mural in the bus shelter (painted November 2018) along with (in the second image, below) the bonfire currently in place in Killicomaine, Portadown, sporting Paratroop flags and an Ulster Banner – to be taken down before lighting.

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No Hedge Trees Or Shit

With less than a month to go until 11th night, bonfire builders are busy collecting materials for their pyres, but although they want people to “dump wood”, they don’t want to become dumps. Thanks to Dean Weir for this image of the site in the Brownstown estate (Portadown): “Dump wood – no hedge trees or shit.”
Our image of the mural in the background was also provided by Dean: see In Answer To The Echo Of Alarm.
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In Answer To The Echo Of Alarm

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One hundred years ago today, on July 1st, 1916, the Battle of Albert began, the first of many battles in what is known collectively as the Battle of the Somme. Soldiers from the 36th (Ulster) Brigade went “over the top” at 7:28 a.m. By the end of the day, more than nineteen thousand British soldiers were dead, five thousand from the 36th.
The line “We gathered from our towns, our villages and farms, in answer to the echo of alarm” comes from the song “Armagh Brigade”; the alarm is more specifically “Carson’s loud alarm”. Below the main panel, which shows combat at close quarters, are the words of Wilfrid Spender: “I am not an Ulsterman but yesterday, the 1st. July, as I followed their amazing attack, I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world … the Ulster Volunteer Force, from which the Division was made, has won a name that equals any in history.”
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Prepare To Meet Thy God

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More religious graffiti on the Bann towpath, just south of Portadown/Port an Dúnáin: “Watch! Prepare to meet thy God. The coming of the Lord is near.”
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Mixed Messages

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Not Catholics versus Protestants but atheists versus believers. Contradictory pieces from the towpath running along the Bann, out of Portadown and towards Newry. The first says “No Gods. No Masters”. The second says “The fool hath said there is no God.”
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Put Our Flag Up!

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Graffiti in Port an Dúnáin/Portadown related to the flags protest. (See previously: Let Your Union Flag Fly | Imagine | And So This Is Christmas)

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Bridge Street

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New union flags fly on Bridge Street as it crosses the river Bann in Portadown/Port an Dúnáin, looking towards the northeast.
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Rangers Ready

Rangers Football Club, founded in 1873, has its home in Glasgow, Scotland but has a large following among Northern Irish Protestants. Union Street, Portadown.
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Boyle & Somerville

Harris Boyle and Wesley Somerville were UDR soldiers and UVF volunteers. They were “killed in action” when the bomb they were planting on the minibus of the Miami Showband went off prematurely. Of the pair, only Somerville’s arm, with its “UVF Portadown” tattoo remained identifiable (WP). The plaque is in Princess Way/Gloucester Avenue, Portadown.
Since 2014, the poster erected each year in Moygashel to honour Somerville has drawn criticism: 2014, 20152016, 2017, and 2018.
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