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Launch of new Maine Ulster-Scots Publication

19 June 2019

The Ulster-Scots Agency celebrated its partnership with the Maine Ulster-Scots Project at the launch of ‘1718 – 2018’ Reflections on 300 years of the Scots-Irish in Maine’ at a special event that took place at the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, Belfast on Wednesday 19 June.

‘1718 – 2018’ Reflections on 300 years of the Scots-Irish in Maine' was produced following an academic conference at Bowdoin College in 2018. As a result of this conference, 19 authors were chosen for inclusion in this new publication.

This book contains a mixture of papers - academic, poetic and personal, sharing the Ulster-Scots / Scots Irish stories of those who migrated from Ulster to Maine, New England.

Guest speakers at the launch event at the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre included; Dr.William Roulston, Ulster Historical Foundation; Alister McReynolds, Author and Historian; Sarah Carson, Museum Manger, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council; and Richard Hanna, Director of Education and Language, Ulster-Scots Agency.

Speaking about this new publication, Richard Hanna, Director of Education and Language at the Ulster-Scots Agency commented; “There is a very large Ulster-Scots diaspora in the United States. This publication makes a valuable contribution to help raise awareness about the people, their impact on America and their enduring legacy.There are tangible reminders of the links between Ulster and Maine. Towns and places in the State share names with those the early Ulster-Scots settlers left behind in Ulster.  

He continued; "The Ulster-Scots Agency and the Maine Ulster Scots Project have established a meaningful and productive partnership in which we share common objectives. I am very pleases for the Ulster-Scots Agency associated with this publication and would like to thank all of their contributors and our friends in the Maine Ulster Scots Project for the meticulous work making this publication possible. 

Copies of ‘1718 – 2018’ Reflections on 300 years of the Scots-Irish in Maine’ are priced at £20 and are available from the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, 1-9 Victoria St, Belfast, BT1 3GA. Please call 028 90 43 6710 or email for more information.

They are also available in the United States from the Maine Ulster Scots Project. For more information email