‘Pilgrim Fathers’ tourism boom

Thursday, 17 August 2017

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AMERICAN tourists exploring their Ulster Scots ancestry could generate more cash than golf, Causeway Coast and Glens Council has been told.
That was a suggestion made by the DUP's Aaron Callan as the chamber debated marking the 300th anniversary of the emigration of Presbyterians from the Bann Valley.
In 1781 Rev James McGregor, who was from Magilligan, led a group dubbed 'the Ulster Scots Pilgrim Fathers'. They went on to found settlements across New England which produced some of the most influential figures of the American Revolution.
Councillor Callan proposed allocated funding to recognise the event at the Leisure and Development Committee August meeting last week.
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