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Derry culture project eyes rural traditions

By Donna Deeney

A groundbreaking project will bring together people from rural parts of the Derry City Council area to discuss and document their traditions as part of the City of Culture legacy.

The council, with the University of Ulster, has documented the history of the rural parts of Londonderry. Now they want contributions for an oral account of people's stories and histories. A key part of the project will be to document the relationships and linguistic quirks between English, Irish and Ulster Scots.

“Derry City Council wants a project that will specifically give people from the rural communities a say in the City of Culture legacy,” said Frank Ferguson, one of the project managers.

“The three main languages which can be found in different pocket are English, Irish and Ulster Scots, but we will also want to document other languages such as Polish, part of today's rural life.

“We want people to record and send us, in their own words, their story or tales of interest.”

If you would like to take part in the project contact project facilitator Dr Frank Ferguson by tomorrow, briefly outlining your reasons for taking part at

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