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Ulster-Scots Summer Schools Start Today

05 July 2010

A total of thirty Summer Schools will take place across Ulster over the coming months; each school will run for one week and will offer thousands of young people aged between 6 and 11 years an opportunity to learn more about their Ulster-Scots culture, language and heritage in an enjoyable and safe environment.

Ulster-Scots Summer Schools season began today in six locations across Ulster including:


·         Sollus Centre, Bready

·         Cathedral Youth Club, The Fountain, Londonderry

·         Newtownstewart 2000 Centre

·         Mountfield Hall, Omagh

·         Newbuildings Community and Environmental Association

·         Ballymac Centre, Newtownards Road, Belfast


The programme for Ulster-Scots Summer Schools will include arts and crafts, cookery, sports, music, and dance and this year for the first time, drama will be added to the programme.  


The drama project will be taking place at two venues, East Belfast Titanic Festival and Banbridge Orange Hall Committee and will be overseen by Philip Crawford, Project Co-ordinator for the Pat and Plain drama collaboration between the Agency and Lyric Theatre, which will continue taking place in schools across Northern Ireland during the 2010-2011 academic year.


This will be the fourth year that the Ulster-Scots Agency has funded Summer Schools; due to the success of those within the community who have ran Summer Schools in former years, the Agency has experienced huge demand for funding this year.  


Maynard Hanna, Development Officer for Belfast and surrounding areas commented: “The Agency’s Summer Schools programme offers children and young people an ideal opportunity to learn about their culture and heritage in a fun environment.  As in previous years there has been a maximum uptake in our allocated Summer Schools budget, which will enable in excess of 1,000 children and young people in Ulster to enjoy the wide ranging activities available.”


Further information is available by phoning the Agency on (028) 9023 1113, by e-mailing, or by clicking on the link provided below to get a full timetable of the summer’s school events.


Download further information.


Parents/Guardians are encouraged to contact the group in question to finalise arrangements as dates/times may be subject to change at short notice.