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What the headlines about the violence in Belfast don’t capture

The violence around this year's 12th celebrations shouldn't overshadow the cross-community efforts being made across Northern Ireland

By Sarah Creighton  

Orange Order members march past Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. Photo: PA

The history of Ireland and Northern Ireland is littered with violence occurring around the Twelfth of July. There was rioting in 1857 that lasted for ten days. The most horrific in my memory happened in 1998. During the height of the Drumcree standoff the UVF threw a firebomb at a family who lived in a Protestant estate. The mother was Catholic but she’d raised her three boys as Protestant. All three boys died in…

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