THOSE planning to attend the Twelfth of July parades in Fermanagh are advised to leave early as a road closure in Lisnaskea may cause disruption.
Large crowds are expected to descend on Lisnaskea as the town hosts lodges from Fermanagh, Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan on Friday July 12th.
The main Lisnaskea to Maguiresbridge road has been closed for the past month, and will remain closed during the parades.
The Department of Infrastructure confirmed that the road will remain closed during the Twelfth celebrations, but organisers are hopeful that the event will not be disrupted.
A spokesman for the Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge said, “We are advising people to travel to Lisnaskea early to avoid inconvenience. The arrangements are well advanced and the host district has considered this situation carefully. The road closure does create some inconvenience but I know the host district has plans in place to facilitate everyone as they arrive.”
Lisnaskea is one of 18 venues across the North preparing to host the celebrations and the Fermanagh event has become one of the biggest, particularly due to it’s cross border element.
The spokesman continued, “We are looking forward to our Twelfth celebrations and we are hoping everyone will have a good day and be able to celebrate our culture and tradition in a very positive way. We always have good numbers – it is actually one of the larger demonstrations because we only have one event in the county.
We are expecting to have between 10 and 12 thousand people at the event. We have 15 Districts in Fermanagh and we host a number of our border counties. The cross border element has always been apart of the twelfth in Fermanagh and we cherish that relationship with the border counties.”
When asked about facilitating the event, a spokesman for the Department for Infrastructure said, “The Department has contacted the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland to advise them that the Lisnagole Road will be closed to traffic over the summer period and allow then to make suitable arrangements. Lisnaskea remains accessible, however, anyone travelling to the town is advised to allow additional time for their journey and to follow all diversionary signage.”
Posted: 3:29 pm July 7, 2019