Home heritage Video: Building the 11th Night Bonfires

Video: Building the 11th Night Bonfires

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Bonfires are lit across Northern Ireland on the eleventh night (July 11th) every year. The tradition of burning bonfires goes back to 1690 when King William of Orange landed in Carrickfergus.

The bonfires were lit to guide the king’s fleet of ships. The Dutch King thereby travelled to the Battle of the Boyne were he defeated King James.

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