Members of the Orange Order on their only march in the Republic yesterday celebrated the parade's incorporation into a wider tourism initiative.
The parade, in the seaside resort of Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal, which attracted more than 7,000 members of the order, was for the first time highlighted as a tourism attraction and had the official backing of The Gathering.
One visitor, US-based Irene Huey, unveiled the new banner for Doorin Lodge, from near Donegal town, to honour her father, Jim Duncan. Ms Huey, 69, is ladies' supreme grand mistress of the order in America, having emigrated from Donegal at the age of 17.
Grand master of the Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, said it was "extremely pleasing" the authorities in the Republic had embraced the Rossnowlagh event to encourage more visitors with Irish ancestry to return to their homeland.
He added: "We trust those in the corridors of power in Dublin will continue to recognise and value the contribution of the minority Protestant community to the wider society in the Republic of Ireland."
Gardai reported no trouble during the march.