Northern Ireland: Men and My Daddy by Adam Patterson

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Youths in the loyalist Upper Ardoyne part of Belfast prepare for the bonfire to be set alight on the evening of 11 July. This event - the '11th Night' - marks the official start to the July celebrations. It is followed by 'The Twelfth' (also known as Orangemen's Day) which celebrates the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 (when Protestant king William III ascended the English throne) and the Battle of the Boyne (when William III defeated the catholic claimant James on the east coast of Ireland). Young people in Protestant estates such as this spend weeks scavenging for wood and other materials used to build the structure and even stand watch in the evenings leading up to July 11th as they fear that the it may be attacked and destroyed by rival Catholic youths.