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Programme 4

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 20 June 2004

News from the North Fermanagh Ulster Scots Association, events at the 6th Annual Highland Games in Newtownstewart, and an update on the work of Itchy Coo Publications.

  • Series 5 Programme 4

    Conal is in the townland of Drumard, a few miles out of Kesh in Fermanagh, with Gary Wilson, Chairman of the North Fermanagh Ulster Scots Association. Conal asks Gary how the group got started, so far from the ‘traditional’ coastal heartlands of Ulster Scots - and learns about a dancing record established at the first ever North Fermanagh Gatherin.

    At the 6th Annual Highland Games in Newtownstewart, contestants are tossing cabers, throwing hammers, dragging anchors and lifting cars. The event is run by the Newtownstewart Ulster Scots Association. Ronnie Hill, Chairman, discusses how they came up with the idea of the Games and gives an overview of the events taking place, including a Four Nations Strongman contest. He talks about the impact of the Association’s work in terms of making local people aware of their Ulster Scots heritage – including the use of some Ulster Scots words in the language.

    Conal speaks to David Webster from Ayrshire who is acting as compere for the day’s events: and Nigel Reid (the first and founding chairman of the Association) talks about the rich tradition of pipe band music, and how they directed this into the Games which are supported by the whole local community. Jean Crawford, Secretary of the Newtownstewart Ulster Scots Association, tells Conal how busy it has been finalising the programme and confirming arrangements.

    Conal interviews James Robertson of Itchy Coo Publications about their work providing Scots language resources for teachers in the form of books and backup resources on the internet, teaching notes, and in-service work, helping to introduce bairns of all ages, from pre-school and primary right up to upper secondary level, to the wealth of Scots language and literature that’s all around them. There are two readings from ‘King o the Midden’, an Itchy Coo book of Manky Mingin’ Rhymes in Scots - ‘Boggin Beasties’ and ‘I wish I was a fairy’.

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