Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Ulster Scots revisiting roots at Irish classes

Sean Mac Curtain of New York (How Irish language belongs to all of us on this island, Jan 14), comments on "the demand for Irish language classes among Protestant loyalists in east Belfast".

This may be a return to their historic origins. After all, the Ulster Protestants are largely the descendants of Scots who settled there in the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth.

However the Scots, themselves, originally migrated to Scotland from Ulster – the word Scotti in late Latin means Irish – eventually replacing the British language with their Gaelic. So it seems history has come full circle!

Martin D Stern

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