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From: "Muiris Mag Ualghairg" <>
Subject: Re: [ULLANS] Irish News article
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 13:29:04 +0100
Typical - I don't expect any better but I am still shocked, not so
much that these bands receive public money as I can just about get my
head around that provided that they don't support terrorism (the first
one is dubious to say the least, the second band named after a UDR man
who was an Orange Order member is less contentious to my mind and I
don't think that they took part in the 'Love Ulster' march in Dublin
is really relevant to their status although I'm not sure that money
should be going to bolster sectarianism and having seen the band on
Youtube etc I think that they are probably part of the problem with
northern Ireland society). However, why oh why does the Ulster Scots
Agency throw money away on activities which do nothing what so ever to
promote Scots or to develop Scots? The first, second and third
criterion for granting money is 'What will this do to promote the
Scots language and normalise its use?', after that other issues should
be brought in to play. Flute bands in Ardoyne are NOT scots, they are
NOT Scots cultural associations. Scots DOES NOT = Loyalist Protestants
and pretending it does does nothing to promote the use of Scots, it
removes the language from those who actually speak it (which is not
the protestants of Belfast, who generally speak English) and
politicises it in a way that does nothing to help the language gain
acceptance on the wider stage (including by many of its speakers who
don't self identify with Loyalist, even if they do with Unionism or
even nationalism). I would much rather have seen a headline along the
lines of 'Ulster Scots Agency gives grant to train teachers in Scots'
or 'Ulster Scots Agency develops Ulpan Course for Scots', or 'Ulster
Scots Agency puts money into Clubs ran through the Medium of Scots'!
2008/5/13 Gavin Falconer <>:
> From the Irish News:
> UVF-linked band gets lotto and Ulster-Scots body cash By Claire Simpson
> A 'BLOOD and thunder' band with links to the youth wing of the UVF is among dozens of loyalist bands to receive funding from the Ulster-Scots Agency and the National Lottery.
> Sixty-five flute, accordion and pipe bands were given funds totalling more than £166,100 last year.
> More than £4,600 of lottery money went to Pride of Ardoyne, which takes part in a contentious parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast each year.
> The funding, administered through the Arts Council, was for new instruments.
> The band marches with a banner bearing an emblem of the Young Citizens Volunteers – the UVF's youth wing – and the names of two former band members, UVF man Sam Rockett, who was killed by the UDA during the 2000 loyalist feud, and William Hanna, killed by the British army in 1978.
> A spokesman for the Arts Council said that although it "monitors the artistic quality of applicants and is aware of its obligations under 'Good Relations' and Section 75 legislation, we are not proscriptive on grounds of an applicant's political or religious background".
> "We respect their organisational independence, at the same time actively encouraging applicants to develop and expand their audiences and to break down barriers in society, in line with the aspirations of the Good Friday Agreement," he said.
> Among the bands given funding by the Ulster-Scots Agency was Mourne Young Defenders Flute Band which received £1,800 for musical tuition and a further £1,219 for an 'Ulster-Scots summer school' run by its members.
> Mourne took part in the 2006 Love Ulster parade in Dublin which ended in clash-es with gardai and republican protesters. The band was set up in memory of Alan Johnston, an Orangeman and UDR member who was killed at his workplace in Kilkeel, Co Down, by the IRA in 1988.
> The Arts Council gave about £102,500 to 24 bands, mostly for musical tuition.
> The Ulster-Scots Agency gave about £56,500 to 38 bands for instruments.
> The Big Lottery Fund gave £6,980 to three bands under its Awards for All scheme.
> The figures were released in response to an assembly question from Sinn Fein MLA Paul Butler.
> A spokeswoman for the Ulster-Scots Agency said that to receive funding bands must show that:
> - they have good administration and a plan to attract new members
> - the project is "financially viable"
> - the project has "an Ulster-Scots element".
> A spokeswoman for the Big Lottery Fund said its scheme helped "organisations to run projects which will bring people together and increase community activity".
> "We continue to proactively promote the programme through outreach and development work and continue to target all sections of the Northern Ireland community," she said.
> Gavin Falconer
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