Charlie Reynolds Obituary, Well Known Ulster-Scots Writer And Campaigner Has Died
Charlie Reynolds Obituary, Death Cause – The news of the demise of well-known and renowned Ulster-Scots writer and campaigner Charlie ‘Tha Poocher’ Reynolds was received by the Ulster-Scots Agency over the weekend with a great deal of regret and sadness. Charlie was born in North Antrim (he was able to trace his family tree back over 300 years around Armoy), but he lived the majority of his youth in the Coleraine area. Despite this, he was adamant about keeping the language that he had acquired from his parents throughout his whole life. Charlie got involved with the Ulster-Scots Language Society and became well known as one of the Twa Charlies, touring local communities to promote the language along with his good friend and fellow Ulster-Scots enthusiast Charlie ‘The Wizard’ Gillen.
Charlie was an early champion of the Ulster-Scots language revival in the 1990s. He did this by getting involved with the Ulster-Scots Language Society. Tha Poocher became a frequent contributor to the media by giving interviews in and broadcasting shows in Ulster Scots on both radio and television as well as writing for our local newspaper, The Ulster-Scot. In later years, he was featured in the Ballymoney Chronicle with his very own column. In 2002, his first collection of poems, titled Mae Granfeyther’s Tunge, was released into publication. After that, he was included in a compilation that was published by the Agency and was titled The North Antrim Connection. By the time of the most recent surge in Ulster-Scots writing and publishing, which followed the establishment of Ulster-Scotch Leid Week in 2019, Charlie had reached the status of an elder statesman among Ulster-Scots writers.
He was one of the oul hans who inspired a new generation of writers. He was delighted to see the development and expressed his happiness to the Ballymoney Chronicle by saying, “Mann it dane make hert guid whun a seen another wee buik of rhymes and blethers in oor guid oul native tongue…The whole thing consisted of the work done by storytellers from all throughout our little country and from across the sea in Scotland…I have high hopes that this is a portent of good things to come and that we will soon see a whole lot more books being written in our native tongue since I believe that doing so is an important aspect of our Ulster Scots culture.
Charlie Reynolds Obituary, Death Cause – The news of the demise of well-known and renowned Ulster-Scots writer and campaigner Charlie ‘Tha Poocher’ Reynolds was received by the Ulster-Scots Agency over the weekend with a great deal of regret and sadness. Charlie was born in North Antrim (he was able to trace his family tree back over…