The Flame Game


Last night.

An 18-year-old man is in a critical condition after a number of stabbings close to a controversial bonfire in Belfast, police said.

Two men, aged 28 and 21, have been arrested following the incidents in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

The incidents took place near an anti-internment bonfire.

New Lodge bonfire: Arrests after two men stabbed in north Belfast (BBC)


28 thoughts on “The Flame Game

      1. martco


        I believe we are in the midst of the worlds largest ever game of Pass The Parcel

        keep watching now as the various players try to sell it to us

    1. Optimus Grime

      I was thinking the same thing….Sinn Fein talk about a United Ireland vote as if it is guaranteed to pass

    2. Chimpy

      +10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 Nordies out! Out Out Out!

    3. Rugbyfan

      Totally agree Eire26
      Would think a majority of Republic of Ireland voters would vote no to a reunification referendum. I certainly shall!

  1. Gearóid

    That’s awful.

    Credit to Danny Morrison and others. The establishment of Belfast’s Féile an Phobail was in part to turn the anniversary of internment into something that could help bring some light to the community at that time of year rather than the endless cycle of bonfires and riots.

    One way or another, it is now seen as an establishment event and so the bonfires become a way of rejecting Sinn Féin. While there may be legitimate republicans organising or attending, these things will inevitably attract troublemakers and so stabbings like this are, sadly, not surprising.

  2. some old quare

    What I don’t get is why people who claim to be Irish would want a bomb-fire in the first place? I may be wrong but I don’t know of it ever being part of Irish heritage or culture.

    Or is it just a case of- oh well the Prods do it so we should do it too?

    1. bisted

      …the bonfire is an essential part of Irish pre-christian tradition – beltane. It was later appropriated by you christians – john’s eve etc…

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      Absolutely the opposite. Bonfires were plentiful in pre-Christian Ireland. They’ve always been a ritual as well as practical in most world cultures and tribes. A connection to the spirits of the dead as bones burned. Fire is incredibly symbolic and related to life and death.

      The Prods burn fires to commemorate King Billy and burn tricolours. If Nordy Proddies traveled, I guess they’d have nordy proddy fires all over the world on the 12th and burn as many tricolours as they con git. I’ve been away for many a 12th, as have those I’ve asked, and not one of us have heard tell of a Nordy Proddie Tricolour Burnin’ in far flung places at embassies or public parks, so I guess it only happens in Nordy occupied territory.

  3. Jake38

    What a hellhole. €12 billion a year in extra taxes to keep this lot and their counterparts from the other side in dole handouts?

    No thanks. The Brits broke it, they can keep it.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      “Two men, aged 28 and 21, have been arrested following the incidents in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.”

  4. RuilleBuille

    It’s not an anti-internment bonfire. It’s a hoods bonfire.

    Sinn Fein stopped the August bonfires because they starting aping the Twelfth with drunken, anti-social raucous behaviour becoming the norm.

    1. Kolmo


      It’s both sides of an chronically economically abandoned coin, it’s a small amount of apes on each side and recreational rioters.
      The entire island as one in the EU makes sense, the economy in the North would be buoyed by continuing EU membership, letting the North fall into the mindless abyss of brexit will cause far worse economic consequences and predictable stoking of sectarian flames to distract the underclasses from their poo situation. The partitionist attitude shown by some is understandable but it’s a thoughtless response to a solvable situation.

      1. martco


        I’m glad you think it’s understandable but how do you propose to reassure those thoughtless people who are born & bred & live day to day in Ireland who might be inclined to be, as you put it, partitionist in their attitude?

        what’s the plan?

        (or did you mean something else there?)

  5. digs

    Awful part of the world. Can we export the citizens to Palestine and turn Northern Ireland into New Ireland’s Jewish district? A nice cultural blend and some much needed colour….

  6. eoin

    Scrotes. Much like the scrotes who attack fire engines etc around Halloween in Dublin where again, bonfires tend to be magnets for anti social behaviour. Where are the parents?

    1. postmanpat

      ..drinking their dole money and making more kids like good non-contraceptive using Christians.

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