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Come along and try our “Haggis Pie” at 'Burns...

20 January 2011

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.

Following the success of last year’s Agency week long celebration of Robert Burns we plan to tour the Burns celebratory event around a number of venues in week commencing 25th January 2011. Along with a cultural extravaganza including Burns readings, the Agency will be providing their own twist on the haggis, neeps and tatties experience.

The event will be official launched in Belfast on Tuesday 25th January; this date marks the 252nd anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (25th January 1759).


Members of the public are invited to join the Agency in celebrating the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet in Belfast when we open the doors of the Visitor and Information Centre, located on the ground floor at 68 – 72 Great Victoria Street from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Tuesday 25th January.  For those located around Ulster, a selection of other venues have been selected to ensure as many people as possible can participate in the Agency’s Burns celebrations in 2011.


The following venues have been planned during “Burns week”:

Tuesday 25th January 2011 – The Ulster-Scots Agency Visitor Centre, 68-72 Great Victoria Street, Belfast from 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Wednesday 26th January 2011 – The Ullans Centre, 4-6 Victoria Street, Ballymoney from 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Thursday 27th January 2011 –  Omagh Library, 1 Spillars Place, Irishtown Road, Omagh from 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Friday 28th January 2011 – Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal from 12.30 – 1.30 pm

A variety of Ulster-Scots entertainment has been planned each day including:


· Burns poetry recitals

· Dance displays

· Piping

· Ulster-Scots music

· Haggis tasting 


It is hoped that ‘Burns Week’ will give members of the public, especially those who have not had an opportunity to attend an Ulster-Scots event in the past to come along and find out more about Burns, enjoy some Ulster-Scots music and dance performances and sample our unique and delicious “Haggis pies”.

Admission is free to all events, includes a light lunch and everyone is welcome.

The Agency’s ‘Burns Week’ will mark the first of many celebratory tributes to Robert Burns taking place over the coming weeks, 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 afield, visit