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Council celebrates ‘Burns’ with lunchtime celebration event

18 January 2017

With Burns Night fast approaching Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Community Relations team is reminding everyone that there will be an opportunity to mark the annual celebrations at a free lunchtime event on Friday 27th January at Artigarvin Hall.

Burn’s Night will be celebrated around the world on Wednesday 25th January, the 258th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. The annual event honours Burns who is celebrated for his life as a poet and also for his contribution to Scottish culture. Friday’s lunchtime event at Artigan Hall will be celebrated with food, dance, music and of course some of Burns poetry.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock said, ‘Burns Night is a famous night in Scottish and Ulster Scots Culture, this is an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate the beautiful poetry written by Burns, sample some tasty Scottish treats such as Neeps, Tatties and of course Haggis and be entertained with traditional dancing and music.

‘Everyone is welcome and if you have some tartan pieces bring them along! As space will be limited it is advised you register in advance for this event. The lunchtime programme has been put together by Ulster Scots expert James Kee of Bready Ulster Scots club so it promises to be a real treat and opportunity to learn more about our historic links with Scotland, our shared traditions and the origins and development of Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland. Don’t miss it!’

Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet amongst other names was a Scottish poet and lyricist, born on 25th January 1759 in Alloway, Scotland. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and his work is celebrated worldwide. As well as making original compositions, Burns collected folk songs from across Scotland often revising or adapting them. He is known for writing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ often sung at Hogmanay, the last day of the year and for writing ‘Scots Wha Hae’ which served for a long time as the unofficial national anthem of Scotland.

The ‘Burns’ lunchtime celebration will take place in Artigarvin Hall, Berryhill Road, Artigarvin, Co. Tyrone on Friday 27th January from 11.00am. It is free of charge. Lunch will include Neeps, Tatties and Haggis, tea and coffee. Bookings will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To register contact Pauline O’Neill, Good Relations Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council via email at [email protected] or via telephone on 028 7125 3253 ext 4227.  More information on Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Community Relations programme is available at www.derrystrabane.com.