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Ulster-Scots hub: New visitor centre opens in Belfast city centre

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Image caption The Ulster-Scots Agency will now have its main offices at Belfast's Cathedral Quarter

A new Ulster-Scots hub and visitor centre has opened in Belfast city centre.

The Corn Exchange building in the Cathedral Quarter is now home to the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre.

Several organisations including the Ulster-Scots Agency, library and archive will now have their offices there.

The hub and visitor centre was officially opened on Thursday by the Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.

She described the new hub as a "one-stop shop" for anyone interested in Ulster-Scots culture.

She said: "This exhibition also highlights the many ways in which Ulster-Scots culture, history, heritage and language has shaped Ireland and the province of Ulster in particular.

"The history, the culture and the traditions celebrated within this building are something of which we can all be proud.

"I hope what happens in this building will enhance and develop Ulster-Scots history, heritage culture and language."

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) contributed £340,000 to the project.

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