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16 October 2014
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We know it as 'Balla-mena'Margaret Taylor

Margaret Taylor lives in the Glebe area of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. She's from Coatbridge in Scotland and is married to Ivan.

Ivan is involved with the Drumaheglis Flute Band, and the links between Scotland and Northern Ireland are clear when it comes to music...


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"If you go to the parade over here on the 12th, you'll see a lot of Scottish bands but they’re from all over Scotland... (there's) very strong connections between them."

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Margaret is a shop assistant in the local Spar store in Ballymoney, and was amazed to find how many of her customers were originally from Scotland.

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"There's a lot of Scottish people that come into it. There's a girl that comes in from Inverness who told me she’d been here for 20 years."

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In this extract, Margaret talks about her family's Northern Irish roots.

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"My Gran on my Mum’s side always used to say that her father was originally from Ballymena but we know it as 'Balla-mena' on her side of the family."

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Margaret and Ivan have a little daughter. Morgan is 18 months old and 'a true Ulster-Scot'. She was born in the Causeway hospital in Ballymoney.

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"She’s 18 months. Into everything. She's definitely an Ulster-Scot but there'll always be a bit of her that would be part of Scotland."

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