Belfast. Northern Ireland. July 11, 2017
Bonfires in east Belfast on the night before 12th July celebrations in Protestant areas of Northern Ireland.
July 12th celebrations among the Protestant communities in Northern Ireland commemorates Dutch Prince William of Orange's victory over the deposed King James II of England in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The battle took place across the River Boyne near the town of Drogheda in the east of what is now the Republic of Ireland, and resulted in a victory for William. This turned the tide in James's failed attempt to regain the British crown and ultimately aided in ensuring the continued Protestant ascendancy in Ireland.