OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH

Our Friends In The North Ep3 The Raphoe Pipe Band junior members Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep3 The Raphoe Pipe Band junior members Description: Our Friends In The North
Our Friends In The North Ep 3 w Susan & James Mason & friends, & Stuart Buchanan Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep 3 w Susan & James Mason & friends, & Stuart Buchanan Description: Our Friends In The North
Our Friends In The North Ep 3 w Jim Devenney & Ian McCracken in Donegal Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep 3 w Jim Devenney & Ian McCracken in Donegal Description: Our Friends In The North
Our Friends In The North Ep 3 w Emmett McCourt @ The Ulster Scots Heritage Centre @ Monreagh, Co Donegal (15) Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep 3 w Emmett McCourt @ The Ulster Scots Heritage Centre @ Monreagh, Co Donegal (15) Description: Our Friends In The North
Our Friends In The North Ep 3 w Alex Freen & Rodney Goudie of Raphoe Pipe Band, Donegal Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep 3 w Alex Freen & Rodney Goudie of Raphoe Pipe Band, Donegal Description: Our Friends In The North
Our Friends In The North Ep 3 The Lagan Valley, Co Donegal Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep 3 The Lagan Valley, Co Donegal Description: Our Friends In The North
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Our Friends In The North Ep 3 learning the uileann pipes with Rodney in Raphoe Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep 3 learning the uileann pipes with Rodney in Raphoe Description: Our Friends In The North
Our Friends In The North Ep 3 in Co Donegal Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep 3 in Co Donegal Description: Our Friends In The North
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Our Friends In The North Ep 3 @ Grianan of Aileach, Donegal Image Name: Our Friends In The North Ep 3 @ Grianan of Aileach, Donegal Description: Our Friends In The North
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Episode 3

In another foray into the Republic comedian Kevin McAleer finds a rich vein of Ulster-Scots life in Donegal, represented by… Elvis and B A Baracus. He finds himself – uncomfortably -  inside a real Orange Hall. And discovers that when it comes to dancing – of the Scottish variety of course – he is a bit of a dervish – he has a right foot, and a left one.

 

Series Synopsis

Northern comedian and writer Kevin McAleer returns to RTÉ Television with a four-part series, Our Friends In The North, in which he attempts to discover the heart and soul of Ulster Scots. On a road-trip through North Antrim, Donegal, Monaghan and County Down, he tries to determine who the Ulster Scots are and what their culture is like.

On his travels, McAleer encounters those who feel more at home in Scotland than Ireland, those who proudly wear the kilt and listen to Scottish music, and those who use the “Hamely Tongue”. But with a “Mc” in his own surname, is it possible that Kevin himself might even have some Ulster Scots in his system?

This is an emotive and over-due journey for Kevin. Raised in Ulster, he has spent over fifty years being largely oblivious to the world of Ulster Scots. In attempting to find out more about a “tribe” he has heard much of but knows nothing about, he meets a variety of people who tell him how much their Scottish ancestry means to them.

At the end of this short series, he performs a stand-up routine to an audience comprised entirely of Ulster Scots. Will Kevin McAleer’s humour and deadpan delivery transcend the many cultural differences he encounters  throughout the series

Our Friends in the North is produced for RTÉ by Tern Television in Belfast with support from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.