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Ulster-Scots Agency completes longest running...

29 January 2010

While people all over the world love the work and life of Robert Burns, he holds a special place in the hearts of the Ulster-Scots. Burns Suppers have been part of Scottish and Ulster-Scots culture for over 200 years as a means of commemorating the much-loved bard.

The Ulster-Scots Agency has just completed the longest running ‘Burns Supper’.  The week long event was held to commemorate the 251st anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (25th January 1759).  The official launch of ‘Burns Week’ took place on Monday 25th January and ran until Friday 29th January, 2010 in venues in Belfast and Letterkenny, Co Donegal. 


Hundreds of members of the public joined the Agency in celebrating the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet over the five day period and enjoyed a varied and exciting range of Ulster-Scots entertainment including Highland dance displays, Ulster-Scots music, Burns songs, Burns recitals and sample one of the Agency’s unique and delicious Haggis pies.


It is hoped that ‘Burns Week’ has given members of the public an opportunity to come along to an Ulster-Scots event and find out more about Burns, enjoy some Ulster-Scots music and dance performances and sample Haggis.    


The Agency’s ‘Burns Week’ marks the first of many celebratory tributes to Robert Burns taking place over the coming period, a ritual that was started by close friends of the poet a few years after his death in 1796 as a tribute to his memory.  For full details of the many Burns Night Suppers and events taking place in Ulster and further a field, visit