Series 5 Programme 3
Ailsa perform their version of Weaver Poet Samuel Turner’s ‘Leezie McMinn’ – the tale of an Ulster speywife who could tell folk’s fortunes by looking into teacups.
Conal chats to Charlie McAdam, Community Development Worker with the Border Minority Group set up in 2001 to encourage Protestant communities in Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim. Charlie and Conal discuss events planned over the summer; and then Conal chats to two young members of the local accordion band, Victoria and Avril.
At Ballyhill Hall in Cavan, Conal visits a traditional picnic, the first of a number of community events held in Cavan and Monaghan which are fast becoming a regular fixture in the Ulster Scots calendar. William Foy gives us a wee bit of history, particularly about the Ballyhill picnic and this tradition of Monaghan picnics.
Derek Rainey has recently been appointed Development Officer by the Ulster Scots Agency, based in Raphoe in east Donegal, and his remit is the border counties. He tells Conal about his plans to develop the border Ulster-Scots groups and act as a go-between between the people on the ground and the Agency.
Billy McCall reads an extract from Robert Burns’ Tam O’Shanter: and keeping with the theme of witches and witchcraft, Conal meets Research Assistant, Mairtin O’Cahan from Govan, Scotland, at the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies at Magee in Londonderry who is researching the history of witches and witchcraft in Ireland. He tells Conal that there is more to Irish witchcraft than the Islandmagee Witch Trials.