Ulster Sails West

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Details

Location

Ballygawley, Dervock, Donegal

Year

1974

Source

Format

16mm

colour

Length

27min 12sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, UTV

Rights Holder

UTV

Description

A patriotic take on the Ulster-Scot emigration to North America and how these "stubborn people" shaped America and its politics.

Ulster Sails West explores Northern Ireland’s links with America. Inspired by Marshall’s Ulster Sails West (1943), the programme demonstrates the extensive influence of Ulster-Scots in various aspects of life in America. Telling the story of the quarter of a million Ulster Scots who “fled from persecution and poverty at home” the ballad takes us on a journey through their history. Presenter Charles Witherspoon’s narrative is illustrated by Rowel Friers’s paintings.

Notes

Rowel Friers was a political cartoonist, performer and painter. He strove to reflect political absurdities of Northern Ireland with impartiality, saying ‘I have no side in all of this. I just make fun of all the madness.’ A graduate of the Belfast College of Art he contributed to the arts throughout his life as President of both the RUA and Ulster Association of Drama Festivals. Part of the About Britain series, Ulster Sails West is courtesy of the UTV Archive.
 

Credits

Courtesy of the UTV Archive

Written and Presented by Charles Witherspoon

Artwork by Rowel Friers

Music: Billy White

Camera: David Scott

Interviewees: Phillip Wilson, James O'Kane, Jim Heaney

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