Speaking at the launch, Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: 'The Discover Ulster-Scots Centre provides an imaginative and informative presentation of the historic link between Scotland and Ulster. It is a ‘one-stop’ shop for all those interested in these important connections at home and abroad, be it culture, heritage, tourism, language or genealogy.
'The exhibition highlights the many ways in which Ulster-Scots culture, history, heritage and language has shaped Ireland and the province of Ulster in particular. Ulster is a multicultural province where Irish, English and Scottish strands have been intertwined throughout history... I hope [the hub] will open up Ulster-Scots to everyone – people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, here and beyond these shores'
One of the main aims of the development is to promote greater collaboration within the Ulster-Scots sector by bringing several groups together physically in one building. Its new tenants include the Ulster-Scots Agency; the Ulster-Scots Academy Ministerial Advisory Group; the Ulster-Scots Community Network, as well as the Library and Archive mentioned above.
Here's a video, courtesy of the Belfast Telegraph, from the opening night: