Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Ulster Folk on the move.

The Ulster Folk have moved office to join the exciting hub for enterprise and the arts at Raceview Mill. We fully support the vision and aspirations of mill owner Roy McKeown. Enthusiastically looking forward to the many projects of innovation the Raceview Mill will undoubtedly engage.
 Our new address is:
The Ulster Folk, Raceview Mill, 29 Raceview Road, Broughshane, County Antrim, BT42 4JJ.
 Telephone 028 25 862 106.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Celebration of local cider and beer: The Fest at Raceview Mill

Issue 14 The Ulster Folk

Our local drink scene went the same way as food. It used to be that a bottle of Guinness stout tasted slightly different when bottled in Ballymena than it did when it was bottled in Belfast or Dublin. They don’t bottle it in Ballymena anymore, as a matter of fact it’s now hard to find bottled Guinness full stop. But if they did bottle it nowadays in Ballymena it would taste identical to stout bottled in Bali or Bahrain.


The Ulster Folk will be a major sponsor and organizer for the new Fest at Raceview Mill. Showcasing the excellence of local food, crafted drinks, arts and music.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Études Irlandaises

Review by Eull Dunlop [For Issue 14 of The Ulster Folk]


Under the direction of a Ballymena man long based in Paris, a widely-refereed academic journal published by the Presses Universitaires de Rennes and dedicated to reviewing the history, civilisation and literature of Ireland has shone an intense spotlight on matters close to home and heart. 


In the latest edition of Études Irlandaises (Autumn/Winter 2013: 38.2), under the title ‘Ulster-Scots in Northern Ireland today: Language, Culture, Community’, Wesley Hutchinson of the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 has gathered contributions from various pens on matters pertaining to what more than one article renders concrete as ‘the Modern Revival Period’, a term of obvious presupposition. Against a wide-ranging theoretical background, Hutchinson’s own prefatory piece, ‘Ulster-Scots in Northern Ireland: From Neglect to re-Branding [sic]’, indicates fronts being explored very seriously in a context which, at street level, has in the past had its moments of derisive notoriety, often but not wholly caused by tabloidery.

Etudes Irlandaises on Ulster Scots


French journal on Ulster Scots will be launched at Queen’s University on May 29th.

Musical book launch and wine reception.

Institute of Irish Studies, 8 Fitzwilliam Street. 4 .30 pm.


This special issue of Etudes Irlandaises tries to provide the reader with an idea of the ways in which Ulster-Scots fits into the cultural landscape of Northern Ireland today.

It seemed important to move outside the often strident and ultimately sterile register that has characterised much of the discussion on Ulster-Scots, to challenge some of the (largely negative) idées reçues about it and to try to show the extent to which its impact has now gone well beyond the circles of the language enthusiasts to filter out into the broader community through publishing, broadcasting, educational projects, music, etc. The idea was to seek out material which would provide insight into the internal workings of the processes by which the Ulster-Scots cultural agenda is being put in place on the ground. Thus, all of the contributions come from individuals based in Northern Ireland, who at one level or another, have been closely - personally - involved in one or other aspect of this on-going and wide-ranging phenomenon.

It is also important to note that this is the first time an entire volume of essays has been produced on Ulster-Scots in France and indeed in continental Europe. It is hoped that this will contribute to broadening the frame of debate on these issues.


[See book review by Eull Dunlop in Issue 14 of The Ulster Folk]