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Raphoe Heritage Weekend Returns

21 August 2019

The Ulster-Scots Agency is hosting the 5th Annual Raphoe Ulster-Scots Heritage Weekend, on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September.

To kick off the celebrations, there will be an Ulster-Scots Heritage walk in Raphoe on Friday 20th September at 7pm starting from the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre. This will then be followed by a traditional Ulster-Scots music session in the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre.

Events on Saturday 21st September will commence at 1.30pm with a special performance by the Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band at the Diamond area in the centre of Raphoe. During the day there will also be a display of 100 highland dancers, a living history demonstration, and live music on stage from a traditional Ulster-Scots group.

A parade of pipe bands, drum majors, highland dancers and living history characters  will commence at approximately  4pm, followed by a performance of massed pipe bands in the Diamond area under the command of Andy McGregor, Pipe Major of the Ulster-Scots Agency’s Juvenile Pipe Band.

To top off a great weekend of Ulster-Scots activities, there will also be a number of craft and food stalls, a children’s farm and a wealth of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  Admission to all events is free.

Derek Reaney, the Agency’s Development Officer based in Raphoe commented,The event is growing year on year and we are looking forward to pipe bands from throughout Ulster attending. The event celebrates the rich Ulster-Scots heritage of Raphoe and East Donegal and is an opportunity for the local community and visitors to come together and enjoy various aspects of our Ulster-Scots culture and traditions.”