Scottish cultural icon Rabbie Burns celebration set for Newry

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
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Newry and Mourne District Council will celebrate the life and work of the seminal Scottish Poet, Robert Burns on Friday 24th January 2014 at 12.30PM in the Boardroom, Monaghan Row. Rabbie Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scottish language. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic Movement and a source of inspiration to the founders of liberalism and socialism. Aside from his own compositions, Burns collected folksongs from across Scotland. His poem and song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is sung at Hogmanay and ‘Scots What Hae’ served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem. Other poems and songs of Burns that are still popular today include ‘A Red, Red Rose’, ‘a Man’s a Man for a’ That’, ‘To a Mouse’, ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ and ‘Ae Fond Kiss’. Newry and Mourne District Council will honour the poet with a celebration of his work; the Selkirk Grace will be said before the haggis is piped into the Chamber, where it will be addressed before being served with tatties and neeps. The Council’s Irish Language Unit has organized this event in conjunction with the Good Relations Unit on behalf of the Ulster Scots Committee. For more information contact Treasa @ 028 3031 3258. Finnard Rural Community Association (FRDA), are holding their Burns Night on Friday 24th January 2014 at 8:00PM in Finnard Orange Hall. Keith Hamilton will address the haggis before the meal. Entertainment will be provided by piper Mrs Lynda Mitchell, Finnard Highland Dancers, Singer, Miss Alice Cartmill and music by Banbridge Accordion Orchestra. For more information please contact William Mitchell on 077 6848 6977.
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