- Planter origins of Hanna’s Close Duration: 00:50
- Nae Goat’s Toe Duration: 01:15
- Henry Acheson Ulster-Scots Summer School - Part 2 Duration: 05:04
- Henry Acheson Ulster-Scots Summer School - Part 1 Duration: 03:24
- All Ireland Pipeband Championships in Letterkenny - Part 2 Duration: 02:59
- All Ireland Pipeband Championships in Letterkenny - Part 1 Duration: 05:38
Series 5 Programme 7
Just outside Kilkeel at Hanna’s Close, Conal Gillespie talks to Maynard Hanna about Scottish settlement in the area. Maynard from Kilkeel’s Schomberg Society, describes the proposed Reivers’ Festival in the town and gives an overview of who the Reivers were. James Donaldson discusses the Schomberg Society re-enactment group and their performance the previous week.
In County Armagh, the second annual Henry Acheson Ulster Scots Summer School, organised by the mid-Armagh Community Network in Markethill, took place last week. Conal Gillespie chats to local tour guide, Barbara Ferguson at Gosford Demesne about the event. The ‘nerve centre’ of the Summer School is the wonderfully-restored 1842 Courthouse in Markethill. Andrew Dunlop, Development Worker with the Network, talks about the activities taking place; while inside the Courthouse, twelve people of all ages attend a fiddle class taken by Keith Little.
Willie Drennan talks about the upcoming Edinburgh Festival at which some Ulster musicians will be putting on a show called ‘Fae Lang Syne’.
The annual All Ireland Pipeband Championships took place last Saturday in Letterkenny Town Park. Conal chats to Jim Devenney, Acting Chairman of the Ulster Scots Agency; Ronnie Crawford, the President of the Northern Ireland branch of the RSPBA; and Stuart Buchanan who notes that only two or three years ago, an event like this in Letterkenny would have been unimaginable. They talk about the importance to local Ulster Scots enthusiasts of having the event in east Donegal; and point out that people from other areas and cultures are also attending the show. Conal also catches up with Mervyn Elvin, a Donegal piper from Letterkenny and District Caledonian Pipeband; and Bertie Campbell from the Bready Ulster Scots.