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Nationalist bonfires in Derry
  • People watch a bonfire, from the top of a cannon on Derry city walls in the bogside area of Londonderry, which is traditionally torched on August 15 to mark a Catholic feast day celebrating the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, but in modern times the fire has become a source of contention and associated with anti-social behaviour.
  • Preparations continue at a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption.
  • Preparations continue at a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption.
  • An image of Queen Elizabeth II is added to a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption.
  • Preparations continue at a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption.
  • Preparations continue at a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption. Picture date: Saturday August 15, 2020. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
  • A bonfire is prepared in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption. Picture date: Saturday August 15, 2020. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
  • Fireworks are set off in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption.
  • Pictures and flags are added to a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption. Picture date: Saturday August 15, 2020. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
  • Fireworks are set off in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption.
  • Preparations continue at a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry City, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption.
  • A giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption is lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • A giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption is lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • A giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption is lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • A giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption is lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • A giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption is lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • A giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption is lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • A giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption is lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • Firefighters dampen down a building next to a giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption after it was lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • Firefighters dampen down a building next to a giant bonfire in the Bogside area of Londonderry, to mark the Catholic Feast of the Assumption after it was lit. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)