Ulster Day the Twelfth

Ulster Day the Twelfth

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12 July 1921 (of event)






35mm, film, intertitles

black and white


National Film and Television Archive


British Film Institute

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Orangemen assemble at 'The Field' at Ballylesson on 12th July 1921. The northern 'Troubles' are in full swing - hence the army vehicle. The parade down Donegall Place looking towards the City Hall. Sir James Craig, Prime Minister since May, is making the main speech.


There is some nitrate deterioration on this film. The month of July was a particularly violent month, especially in Belfast. Sixteen Catholics and seven Protestants were killed while two hundred Catholic homes were destroyed. The newsreels, always keen to avoid controversy where possible, did not reflect this conflict in their coverage. Instead of reporting the sectarian attacks raging throughout Northern Ireland, reports on the violence were sparse in July's newsreels. Pathé reports on ‘Irish Pony Show’ and ‘Irish Pageant’, ‘Phoenix Park Races’, ‘Irish Polo Season’ while Gaumont covers ‘Lord Londonderry’s Garden Party at Botanic Gardens’ with footage of James Craig, marquees, the gardens, smiling guests and children on donkeys and in fancy dress.

Shot List

'Topical Budget. Ulster Day the Twelfth. 100,000 Belfast Orangemen march to Ballylesson to celebrate the 232nd anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne'. View looking down at parade. Street level view with army van central. View of the parade on Donegall Place looking towards the City Hall. 0:26 Craig and other Orangemen on podium. GV and CU of Craig giving a speech.


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