Orange Arches in Northern Ireland
Arches in County Armagh
The erection of the Orange Arch is welcomed in the vast majority of protestant villages and towns.
Each Arch is carefully designed with dates and places mentioned to remember dates of battles including the Battle of the Boyne.
There are decorated with flags.
The erection of Orange Arches has declined over the years mainly due to the high cost of insurance and paperwork involved.
They must be approved by an engineer and require permission from Roads Service.
Some arches are erected in the grounds of Orange Halls to reduce risk of damage and liability.
Arches in County Tyrone 2013
Arches in County Londonderry 2013
Arches in County Antrim
Parkmount Arch, Lower Garvaghy Road, Portadown
Have you driven past an Orange Arch this year
Criminal Damage in Portadown 2012
Criminal damage to Orange Arches is always a possibility - this in turn increases the cost of insurance for liability.
In 2012 a Portadown man climbed an Orange Arch and stole flags, replaced them with a tricolour. Court proceedings took place in 2013. The man was found guilty of damaging a flagpole, stealing two flags and replacing the flags with the tricolour flag with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.
He was given six months in prison.