"…The greatest of the myths is that of the non-existence of the Ulster Scots as a separate people with a distinguished history and rich traditions. Lip service is paid by British and Irish politicians to the idea of a Protestant cultural identity, usually by a polite mention of the Twelfth of July as a folk festival; no attempt is made to probe beneath the cultural surface…"

Rory Fitzpatrick wrote that, 21 years ago in his book�God's Frontiersmen – the Scots-Irish Epic (Weidenfield & Nicholson, London 1989) p 274. It's almost a prophetic observation and it still applies today.�?The Twelfth is�a fine day out, but as I've�written before, there's far far more to our heritage than just one day in July.

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