Tuesday, 28 April 2009

American Rifleman

(above, H David Wright's 'American Rifleman.'

Born in Rosine, Kentucky and raised in Middle Tennessee, David Wright's highly acclaimed art uniquely captures the scenic beauty of the area and its rich historical heritage. His depictions of rural country landscapes and memorable moments in American history have earned him countless awards and placements in prestigious museums and private collections.

Professionally trained and with advanced study in Europe, David has been painting for more than 40 years. He now ranks among America's premier artists, including acknowledgment in Who's Who in American Art. His scholarship and deep historical sensitivities are evident in his works on the American frontier, America's Civil War, hunters, settlers, and American Indians.

His painting above, American Rifleman, captures the very heart and soul of the Ulster settler on the frontier. Information on H David Wright and more of his artwork can be found on his website:


Monday, 27 April 2009

Ulster Scots Heritage Centre to Open

A unique tourism project created by the Monreagh Ulster-Scots Heritage Association will officially be opened on the 28th May 2009.

Located in Laggan, County Donegal, the Ulster-Scots Heritage Centre will educate present and future generations about some of the most important chapters in Ulster-Scots history.

Laggan has produced some of the Presbyterian Church’s most influential leaders including Francis Makemie who left the shores of Ireland to become the father of American Presbyterianism in 1683.

Ulster-Scots Presbyterians also played a major role in the events culminating in the Declaration of Independence in 1776, with many leading figures including Matthew Thornton and George Taylor acting as signatories of the historic document.

The tourism project was initiated by the Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies at the University of Ulster and has since been supported by the International Fund for Ireland as well as the Department of Community, Rural andMonreah Presbyterian Church Manse Gaeltacht Affairs.

Sitting opposite a Presbyterian Church whose congregation was established in 1644, the centre contains a wealth of information from the Plantation of Ulster to the inauguration of many US Presidents of Ulster-Scots descent including Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson.

Housed within a beautifully restored manse, each room of the heritage centre will focus on a specific era of Ulster-Scots history through which the visitor can gain an unparalleled insight into the cultural, economic and social impact that it has had on the world today.

Part of a self-guided tour, a rarely seen collection of original photographs, paintings and other memorabilia will be on display. Visitors will also have access to a number of genealogical records to help them search for any Ulster-Scots ancestry they may possess.

The centre is planning to build a state-of-the-art annex to include a gift shop and tearoom as well as a workshop area to help keep traditional Ulster-Scots crafts, music and dance alive for future generations to come.

To learn more about what the ‘Monreagh Ulster-Scots Heritage’ centre has to offer, contact Frank Carey at the University of Ulster’s Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies on Tel: 028 7137 5569.

The centre will be opening an extensive website very soon which will be announced through UlsterHeritage.com when it is available.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Ulster's Genetic Roots Revealed

The Ulster Heritage DNA Project continues to grow and now has almost 1,000 families participating. Some trends in the results have been observed.

As expected the majority of the Ulster families are the R1b1b2 haplogroup and its subclades. The group comes in circa 85% at present. The dominate subclade in the group is the R1b1b2a1b5, which includes the Northwest Irish modal, the R1b1b2a1b5b, or as some like to call it the Niall of the Nine Hostages group. Most of the participants classified into the R1b1b2 group have not yet done the necessary subclade tests to determine if they also would be R1b1b2a1b5 group and it is very likely that the majority would test positive to it.

These people are the descendants of Celtic tribal groups indigenous to northern Ireland, Argyll, Aryshire, Wales, and other locations in northern Britain.

The second most numerous group is the I haplogroup and its subclades. Like the R1b1b2 group, there has been a lot of research which has discovered new subclades in the I group. Many of the I sublades have obvious links to the Norse and Norman presence in Ulster, yet there are other I subclades that geneticist believe are indigenous to the British Isles, such as the I2b1a group. It is possible that the I2b1a group represent the very first people in Ulster.

The are also small numbers from a wide variety of haplogroups, C, E, G, J, Q, T, and even two from the rare as hens' teeth, A haplogroup.

More updates to follow as the research produces more information.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Derry Jazz Festival in May

City to be Jazzed Up this May Day Bank Holiday Weekend

8th City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival programme launched

Derry City Council celebrated the launch of the programme for the 8th City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival at a special event in the City Hotel last week, outlining what is to be expected at this hugely anticipated annual musical extravaganza.

Catherine Martin DCAL, Mayor Gerard Diver, Mirenda Rosenberg (Artist), Terry Loughlins, Guinness and Chris Capper Radio Foyle

This year's event will run throughout the city's many pubs, clubs and venues from Thursday 30th April - Sunday 3rd May bringing together a jam-packed programme featuring a range of music genres performed by musicians from around the globe.

At the launch, special performances were given by a number of participating groups including local jazz legend Gay McIntyre and his accompanying band, and the David Lyttle Three featuring special guest Soweto Kinch.

A full programme details and your chance to win free tickets to some of this years gigs just click onto www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com or call the festival line on (028) 71376545.

The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is funded by Derry City Council, the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure, Guinness and E&I Engineering, and supported by BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Radio Ulster.

For information on accommodation please contact Derry Visitor Convention Bureau on Tel: (028) 7126 3511 (048 from the Rep. of Ireland).

Friday, 3 April 2009

Scotch-Irish Festival In Clover South Carolina

the popular ban
d, Gael Warning, at the 2008 Clover event

The Clover Scottish Games and Scotch-Irish Festival, held in 2009 on the second Saturday in June, is an outgrowth of the heritage of the people of the Town of Clover. Through our festival we seek to encourage the growth of our shared heritage by showcasing those who practice Scottish and Scotch-Irish arts, crafts, athletics, music and traditions. From this rich pageantry we hope to instill and inspire our young people to keep the traditions burning.

This event is held on Saturday, June 13th, at the Clover Memorial Stadium, Clover, South Carolina. Time is 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and admission is free!

Information click here