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Ulster Dictionary deserves reprint

In the recent BBC Two Northern Ireland programme Languages of Ulster, advertised as a celebration of Ulster's diverse linguistic heritage, much time was spent praising the qualities of the Concise Ulster Dictionary.

Sheehy's of Cookstown tells me that, due to the programme, they are receiving requests for the book. But it's out of print and prices on the web are exorbitant. (This was not aired in the programme.)

Why can't Oxford University Press, which published the work, and the Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, which compiled the work, agree to reprint it? It is a wonderful, illustrated collection of our Ulster words. I read in the blurb on my cherished copy that to reproduce any part of the publication requires the permission of OUP.

Furthermore, I know that the members of the Marshall Society, in Sixmilecross, are lobbying to persuade the Folk and Transport Museum to release for publication WF Marshall's handwritten Dictionary of Ulster words, which has been gathering dust on their shelves for many years.

GMW

Dungannon, Co Tyrone

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