#slugger12th – covering it from all sides and none

Plans for Slugger coverage of events on the 13th of July are falling into place. I can confirm details of the two main activities we will be engaged in.

First up, online – there will be a Live Blog running from 8.30am. We’d like everyone be they supporter, participant, protestor or utterly indifferent to feel free to add their views/impressions to this. Contributions can be sent in directly to the Live blog, via Twitter and Twitpic or, if you prefer direct to Mick via email and/or phone – Mick will be manning Slugger central throughout the day. Those out and about with me will be providing updates/impressions/photos etc to the Live blog before adding more substantial views later. We will be using #slugger12th on Twitter, so add it and we’ll pick up your feed.The ‘out-and-about’ team, currently me and three others, are hitting the streets for our local morning parades then Belfast, Bangor and the Ardoyne return. This plan was based on the need to use public transport in the Greater Belfast area but one of the participants has offered a car so we will be flexible and could alter the schedule to hit a rural parade.

If you aren’t signed up to Twitter or Twitpic now would be a good time to join up as you can update via your mobile and it will join the Live blog almost immediately.

The Live blog will be open to anyone attending any parade for any reason and we’re keen to have contributions from other parades, particularly rural ones those in England, Scotland, possibly Canada and anywhere else and of course to people just wanting to discuss what is going on.

And you are still most welcome to join me and the others getting into the action, drop me a mail or just get out and do it yourself.

Remember, this isn’t a billboard or advertisement for the Orange Order, we want to hear positives and negatives, real opinions based on experience not assumption.

  • RepublicanStones

    I take it you haven’t got #slugger12th set up yet? Couldn’t find it on a twitter search. Course I could just be a twit.

  • Mark McGregor


    It was free but hadn’t been claimed. It is now. It’ll automatically be picked up by the Live Blog (cover-it-live).

  • Mark McGregor

    Looks like we have a fifth person signed up to attending these events who normally wouldn’t. It certainly isn’t a bunch of mad republicans (myself excluded) but we could do with a Unionist/Orange type to give some balance/guidance. Anyone up for it?

  • the joxer

    What about Pete Baker-for the good of Slugger…

  • pith

    We are expecting a full-on diesel to go through Portadown at 11.27 tomorrow morning.

  • the future;s bright, the future’s orange

    fair play to you lads. don;t fotget your blue bags if you are heading to the belfast parade!

  • pup

    @dawnpurvis will be tweeting on this

  • Mark McGregor


    Dawn is great, she even gets #tags. Look forward to her contribution. Could do with @daithimckay twittering the other side too.

  • Daithí McKay

    Will do if I get an opportunity Mark. I’m not as educated as Dawn when it comes to the #tags though? give me a quick run-down. I just put “#slugger12th” at the front of my text tweets?

  • Stephen

    Fuckin’ hilarious.

    Some eejits decided to build a bonfire next to Portstewart harbour this year – I’ve never noticed one in Portstewart so I guess this is the first time it’s been done in a while. Portstewart is a pretty moderate town – never more than a smattering of Union Flags for the 12th which don’t tend to sta up too long…

    Got a phone call from the folks today who told me that the bonfire was burning away merrily. Either someone’s got their days wrong or they were beaten to it…

  • Driftwood
  • Mark McGregor


    Cheers. Thats it, just add #slugger12th anywhere and the Live blog will automatically detect your tweet and pull it over to Slugger.

  • ed

    What does Moochin mean in nIreland?

    In Canada mooching means about the same as begging or asking for things you dont intend to return say like going to a party empty handed and spending the night drinking other peoples drinks

    Just curious as I know some different uses of language

  • George

    on the mooch means looking to score with the ladies in south county Dublin parlance.

  • Clive McFarland

    I’ll try to add a few updates on @clivemcfarland if I remember to!

  • Off to Rosnowlagh Saturday and Larne (by chance) on Monday. Not sure of the rules on twittering while on parade, but there are always wee rests along the way.