Series 5 Programme 6
Conal Gillespie attends Year End Assembly at Balnamore Primary School, near Ballymoney, where the P7 children recite and sing in Ulster Scots with the aid of their Principal, Jackie Morrison. The school has won an award, The Ken Shield, for contributions to Ulster Scots. Conal chats to Jordan Tweed and Aaron Mooney from P7 about the work they’ve been doing in Ulster Scots in school, and their plans to keep up with it once they go on to secondary school. Jackie and Conal talk about the ‘fun’ of the Ulster Scots language which is such a part of the north-Antrim community.
We discover Elvis Presley’s Ulster roots: and in Omagh, the 15th Ulster American Heritage Symposium was organised by the Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park. Kirby Miller is Professor of History at the University of Missouri. At Magee College, Conal Gillespie asks him how the development of the Scots-Irish community in 18th and 19th century America reflected what was going on back in Ireland.
Professor Michael Montgomery from the Department of English at the University of South Carolina is a leading authority on Scots and Ulster Scots. Currently in Ulster on a research visit, he chats to Conal Gillespie.
Dr Billy Kelly of the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies at Magee and Dr John Young from the University of Strathclyde have just launched a book which they have edited, ‘Ulster and Scotland, 1600 to 2000: history, language and identity’. Contributors to the volume have included people like Michael Montgomery and Graham Walker. They tell Conal about the project.