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QUEENS University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I studied Drama there for years and they were the most wonderful years of my life, till I came to USA.
University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Studied here in 1994.
The UlsterIrish or Scots Irish are always called Irish in the history books 
but they  are a completely different race from the potato famine 
Catholic Irish who came  to America 100 years later. 

                         Your Ulster/Scots/Irish History 

Through out the passing centuries Northern Ireland or Ulster has had 
a unique relationship with the United States of America. Unique 
because America  in its infancy was a land of refuge for the countless 
Protestant families fleeing  persecution in Ulster. During the sixteenth 
and seventeenth centuries thousands of  Ulster Presbyterians landed 
at Boston and other coastal ports to start a new life in the land of 
the free. 

Between 1717 and the American Revolution, approximately a quarter 
of a million Ulster - Irish left Ireland for America. Plagued by high 
rents, four years of  drought, English import/export policies, and the 
religious factor thrown in many  Ulster Protestant Irish look for a better 
life in America like Billy Tweedie did in  1994. It is interesting to note 
that the Catholic Irish did not participate in this Exodus. The emigration 
was 99% Protestant, Ulster-Scots leaving for the  America's, by 1776, 
one out of every ten or fifteen Americans was of Ulster-Irish. Although 
there were Catholic Irish who fled to other Catholic countries, 
principally France and Spain. Many of these new immigrants proceeded 
inland  clearing the valley's of rocks, forest and scrub, eventually 
they carved out homesteads, built towns, railways and readily adopted 
this new land as there's, this was the birth of modern day America, this 
was the arrival of the  Protestant Ulster Irish. 


The British being the dominant force at that time were placing
increasing demands upon the new land and the Ulster men, vowing 
that they  would never be victim's of oppression again the Ulster men 
opposed and engaged in battles with the British, slowly a revolution 
was building and on 4 July 1776, the Congress approved the Declaration 
of Independence and it was formally adopted  by unanimous vote.   It 
was written down by Ulsterman Charles Thompson. It was  printed by an 
Ulsterman, and the first signature to it was Ulsterman John Hancock. 
Ulster men rallied to George Washington, and ended up forming over 
half of his army,  proud in the defence of there land the Ulster Irish 
fought fearlessly and  George Washington made many of them senior 
Generals and Officers. On one occasion when the war was going the 
way of the British, Washington said, "if defeated everywhere else, I 
will make my last stand for  Liberty among the Ulster Irish of my 
native Virginia " such was there contribution to the defence and 
building of America. The Ulster Irish became wholehearted Americans 
unlike the potato famine Irish who  came to America 100 years later. 

Being known as the Ulster Irish has somewhat obscured there origin and
identity but they where distinctively Ulster Protestant men.
I want to share my thoughts and feelings from where I am 
today, in the middle, looking forward to tomorrow and touching 
on the  past as it relates to where I am today. I look back with 
a gentle  heart full of  LOVE remembering the good times. Firstly 
I love life  fiercely and desperately. I have always had a gift of   
seeing the  good bits....a throw of the dice.... Blind determination 
is the best  element of my life. I demand  the best of myself. I 
cannot say that  I had a premonition that something was about 
to happen to me  but I knew I was getting ready to change in a 
big way. You know  the feeling I am sure, when you are unhappy 
and, although you  do not know what is about to happen, you 
know that things cannot  go on the way they are. That is how it 
felt for me living in my home  country of Northern Ireland. I do 
not have all the answers but at  least now I know I will take 
my share of chances. Before I moved  to the States, I had 
reached the point where I was not learning  anything new, 
and had been stagnating. 

Somewhere during my return to Ireland, (Sept-Dec of 1994)  
I had decided that enough was really enough. I wanted to do
something with this life I was given. I also felt that I had to start 
doing it for myself. I was really disempowered, as everyone was telling 
me what to do with my life. I could not take it any longer. It was as if
one day my eyes opened and I thought to myself, 

                         I CAN DO IT! I CAN MAKE
                         A BETTER LIFE FOR MYSELF! 

I just want to go on from here and make the most of it all. 
I want to be in charge of my own life and destiny. Then if things 
work out I  can feel accomplished and if they do not, I can at 
least know I tried.  And then I can  try again and again. Many 
people view ambition  as a negative quality in an individual. I do 
not think ambition is bad, it is my very life force, who I really am. 
I cannot stop, time is moving too fast and I have too many things 
I want to do . I think  once you stop wanting to create, wanting to 
work and push forward,  you become old and then you die...........
if you know where you are  going, you can make it magical! I never 
really like to look back.  I like to move forward. Life has not been 
easy living here in  America recently, but it has been good to me 
on occasion, and  I am very thankful. I hope that this gives you 
an idea or just a touch on who I really am. I look forward to more 
wonderment in my young life. Now I do not think that I am running 
away from anything, I know  that I am running toward something 
exciting........ We do not get  that much time on this planet, and 
unless a few of us make an effort  to change ourselves for the 
better it just will not happen. We all  have had experiences that 
are not always good, sometimes frustrating  and crushing, but 
positive good grows out of negative situations.  I admit being 
negative towards quite a lot in my young life, but,  after a while 
you learn to become a positive thinker and enjoy  being alive..........  
I have now the power to let my views on life heal  me in a way 
nothing else seems to do...... I want to undo the damage  that has 
been done. A percentage of the friends I have made over  the years 
in entertainment all have a common, self  centered goal,  all having 
to do with fame and stardom. It is times like this that I  am sorry 
to be one of the few idealists. You must experience failure 
before success.... I have done and in more ways than one!

Regrets are an appalling waste of time and cannot 
build on them, they are only good for wallowing in. They will hold you 
back and prevent the most wonderful things from happening to you 
in your life. Time has displayed to me that the bottom line is that I 
am responsible for my own happiness. The choices and decisions 
I make daily, directly influence the quality of my days. I have stopped 
looking for  scapegoats in my life, and at last, I have learned to face 
the truth within' myself, and right my own wrongs.  I want to go far 
beyond where I am right now as I have discovered that life is either 
a daring adventure or nothing at all. Life is too short not to take 
chances and live..... 

Now I see every difficulty as a challenge, a stepping stone, and I 
will never be defeated by anything or anyone! It sounds ironic I guess, 
but until you free those monsters within' yourself, your life and soul 
are up for to speak! There are really only two ways to 
approach life, as victim, or as gallant fighter. You decide if you want to 
act or react. You must deal your own cards, or play with a stacked 
deck. And if you do not decide which way to play with life, it always 
plays with you in the end. With love, all things are possible. I have 
found that the secret to live your life the way you want to is the 
simple answer! Just live your life....and smile.... You are loved!

-Billy Tweedie

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