Monday February 17, 2020

Ponies, not prisoners, now stalk Long Kesh

The Balmoral Show was held this year beside the former Long Kesh prison. The pony-jumping competitions on the day seemed emblematic of the North's new realities, writes Tom McGurk.

27th July, 2013
This year, the famous Balmoral Show moved out lock, stock and thousands of sheep to a new site at the old Long Kesh prison.

The North has never wanted for the surreal. Most recently the members of the loyal orders - as they term themselves - in their sashes were attacking, with stones and petrol bombs, members of one of Her Majesty's Constabularies in Ardoyne. One loyal fellow was apparently attempting to take a swing at a member of the PSNI with his lodge's ceremonial sword - upon which was engraved "God Bless The King" .

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