'‘you cannot put a price on culture.’' - Jamie Bryson, interview on Slugger O'Toole http://sluggerotoole.com/2014/03/24/jamie-bryson-a-rebel-without-a-hope/#comments
Although, I imagine what passes for Irish Protestant culture in Jamie's eyes differs from mine a tad.
His appears to be wrapped in a Union Flag.
Dancing and fiddling
My other Granda (a B Special) and his brothers (also B specials) played a full range of folk instruments in their village hall, including some instruments that would now be considered ‘suspect’ or a bit ‘taigy’ e.g. the penny whistle (don’t laugh, you know some of the nutty wans would be offended at a display of something so ‘oirish’).
Many loyalists would be as blindly ignorant to such goings-on in local Orange halls as Germans neighbouring the various concentration camps of WWII: “what? We heard nahin’”.
|Orange Halls of Co Down - Home of the craic/crack?|
(Image kindly lent by 'How to Start a Fight in an Irish Bar' -
|NOT the 12th|
Presbyterians took quite a while to get involved (mid 1800’s roughly speaking), most modern day Presbyterians tend to be quite forgetful regarding the topic of Britain’s attitude and behaviour towards them (Cromwell, the Penal Laws etc…).
|Apprentices: More 'FTP' than YTP?|
Not only that, but a number (if not all) of the original Apprentice Boys spoke some form of Gaelic. Yet more vanished culture.
|A respected flag.|
Union Flag – Didn’t incorporate Ireland till the 1800’s and it was an unpopular move at the time, so that’s a couple of centuries of doing without it
Ulster Flag – Didn’t come into existence till the 20th century, so that is a relative newcomer.
|A Gaelic game played by Prods?! Scotland you Lundy!!!!!|
I said cammanachd.
|The Old Firm be damned|
|Irish music - Taigy (?)|
|Scottish music - Not Taigy (?)|
|Remember kids, if you're not loyal enough you'll turn into this|