July 12, known in Ireland as simply The Twelfth, 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. 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.
The Twelfth of Never is a popular song recorded by Johnny Mathis and later by other artists. The title comes from the popular expression, “the 12th of Never,” which refers to a future occurrence that will never come to pass.
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.