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New booklet telling story of Irish language in east Belfast to be launched next week

The booklet will be launched by Fionnuala Jay O'Boyle
Marie Louise McConville

A new booklet which tells the story of the Irish language in east Belfast will be launched in the city next week.

The booklet has been put together by Gordon McCoy, Education Officer with east Belfast Irish language project Turas, who has gathered together scattered fragments of the story.

The booklet, which details the tradition of Irish in the area, is due to be launched by Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay O'Boyle at the annual celebration of Turas at 7pm on Friday, June 14 at the Skainos Centre.

A Turas spokesman said: "The booklet will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more of the history of Belfast and the symbolism of the North - the first ever map of Belfast is inside, as well as the true story of Red Hand of Ulster. The product is very attractive, thanks to the wonderful illustrations by Andrew Whitson of An tSnáthaid Mhór and the booklet design by Wendy Dunbar, who have made the booklet into a work of art".

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