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Carrickfergus ceilidh celebrates Burns

Monday 7 January 2019

A special ceilidh event is happening at Carrickfergus Museum to celebrate the opening of an exhibition showcasing poet Robert Burns.

Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Lindsay Millar pictured at the 'Hand To The Plough' exhibition along with (LtR) Tom Beckett (Vice-President Belfast Burns Association), William McPherson (Past President of BBA),Dr Frank Ferguson (Ulster University), Samantha Mc

‘Hand to the Plough: The impact and influence of Robert Burns in Mid-Antrim’ is free and will run from 10 January to 13 February 2019.

The exhibition, which is on tour across the borough, explores the life of the famous Scottish poet and the influence he had on the literary culture of Mid Antrim.

The Ulster Scots influence in Mid and East Antrim is widely recognised and a huge part of developing tourism in the area.

The event at 7pm on 16 January will get toes tapping with performances from Ceilidh band, Dancing Digits, traditional Scottish dancing and food as well as a talk with Ulster University’s Dr Frank Ferguson.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar said: “The connection between Belfast and Burns is well known and has been a central focus of this story. This exhibition outlines the clear affinity this area also has with the poet, particularly Antrim, Ballymena, Ballyclare, Doagh, Larne and Ballycarry.  

“Shaped by the migration of lowland Scots into Ulster during the plantation period, local rural communities shared deep cultural, religious and linguistic links with Scotland. This was voiced by a group of distinctive rural poets known collectively as the Rhyming Weavers, who are a central focus of ‘Hand to the Plough.

“Council would like to thank local groups and the Belfast Burns Association who have contributed to this exhibition. Special thanks also goes to our exhibition partners at Ulster University and the Linen Hall Library.”

The exhibition has been developed through the Mid-Antrim Heritage Partnership between Mid and East Antrim and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils.

To confirm attendance please contact Carrickfergus Museum on T: 028 9335 8241 or E: carrickfergusmuseums@midandeastantrim.gov.uk