When it comes to bonfires, how much is too much?

On the night of July 11, the Loyalist communities of Northern Ireland celebrate the arrival of King William III in Ireland by lighting bonfires and dancing in the streets.

It’s billed as a celebration of Loyalist culture, but when your cultural celebration involves burning symbols of other cultures, you’re sending a confusing message.

Eleventh Night has become an annual propaganda coup for Republicans, but the Loyalist community shows little inclination to tone the celebration down. The tricolours are going nowhere and the fires are getting bigger.

Joining us to talk about Loyalist perspectives on these celebrations is Sophie Long, who works at Queen’s University Belfast.

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