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Programme 1

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 October 2006

The opening night of the Border Counties Gathering in Donegal & we hear a spooky tale.

  • Series 13 Programme 1

    Liam attends the opening night of the Border Counties Gathering, organised by the Ulster-Scots Heritage Council which has planned a series of events throughout October in the border counties. In Donegal Town, he listens to Moyne Pipe Band before catching up with Derek Rainey, Development Officer for the Ulster-Scots Agency for the west of Ulster. Derek tells Liam a bit about the events taking place; and Norman Henry who is Chairman of the South Donegal Ulster-Scots Association (set up in 2002) discusses their activities and tells Liam about the interest in Ulster-Scots in this part of the country. Jim Devenney, Deputy Chair of the Agency, discusses the strong links between Donegal and Scotland, particularly in terms of seasonal migration for tattie-hoking - and Mark Thompson, Chairman of the Agency, tells Liam that all nine counties of Ulster have an interest in Ulster-Scots.

    Diane Hoy, Development Officer for the Ulster-Scots Heritage Council, talks about the work that’s gone into organising the events; and Samantha McIlhenney, one of the Moyne Highland Dancers, tells Liam about the groups’ activities. Minister Éamon Ó Cuív officially launches the Border Counties Gathering and talks to Liam about the importance of this event in terms of strengthening cultural links. William Humphrey, Director of the Ulster-Scots Heritage Council, stresses the inclusive nature of Ulster-Scots: a tradition that transcends all divisions.

    Finally, for Halloween, we’ve a spooky tale from one of Edinburgh’s finest storytellers, Stuart McHardy about two weavers, Tam and Will.


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