July 12 is known in Ireland as simply The Twelfth and is a celebration of the Battle of the Boyne, which took place on July 12, 1691. On that date Protestant King William defeated Catholic King James. While it is a Protestant celebration, not all Irish Protestants celebrate it, whether due to political or cultural reasons or indifference. More recently, attempts have been made to play down explicitly political aspects of the parades (as well as any violent history) and present the Twelfth as a “cultural” event, at which tourists are welcome.
This image was taken by Ross as part of the Geograph Project and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. It shows the Orangemen Parade in Bangor, County Down on 12th July 2010.
The Twelfth of Never is a popular song recorded by Johnny Mathis and later by other artists. The titile comes from the popular expression, “the 12th of Never,” which refers to a future occurrence that will never come to pass. This vide is on the YouTube Scout4Me1 channel.
The Twelfth Man is the name for a series of comedy productions by the Australian satirist Billy Birmingham generally known for parodying Australian sports commentators’ voices. The name is a reference to the non-playing reserve in an eleven-player cricket side. This is a video from the Wired World of Sports YouTube channel.