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Burns Night celebrations in full swing in Northern Ireland

Published 25/01/2016

Scottish poet Robert Burns
Scottish poet Robert Burns
The Ulster Orchestra and Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band at a Burns Night Concert on Saturday
Christopher McCaughan from Ballycastle prepares for Burns Night
Assembly Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin with piper Darren Milligan and chef Ashley McMahon presenting the haggis at the first official Burns Night celebration in Stormont
Rebekah McGinn at the World Haggis Hurling Championships in Scotland

Pipe music has been filling the air and haggis has very much been on the menu as a series of events continue across Northern Ireland to celebrate Burns Night.

Although this evening is the precise date of Burns Night, several celebratory shindigs to mark the annual tribute to Scottish poet Robert Burns have already taken place and more are happening.

Traditional Scottish food like haggis is popular, and nowhere more so than in Ballycastle, the closest large town in Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Former councillor in the town Chris McCaughan always likes to celebrate Burns Night and he has already been tucking into his delicacy with neeps and tatties.

The Rotary Club of Ballycastle will host its Burns Night in the town this Friday and guests going along for a four-course meal in the Central Bar are being encouraged to wear tartan and Scottish dress.

The Ulster Orchestra celebrated Burns Night on Saturday in the Ulster Hall when it teamed up with the Ulster-Scots Agency to celebrate the rich cultural links between Scotland and this side of the North Channel.

Last Thursday Speaker of the Assembly Mitchel McLaughlin hosted the first official Burns Night celebration at Parliament Buildings in Stormont's Great Hall.

Belfast Telegraph

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