The current Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop was also born in Irvine. The Grannie stone (or Granny Stane) is described as "one of Irvine's prehistoric puzzles", this boulder is either left behind from the Ice Age or is the last remaining stone of a stone circle - others were removed, by blasting, after the Irvine weir was constructed in 1895, but popular protests saved this remaining stone.Its twin town is Saint-Amand-les-Eaux in northern France just outside Lille. The Grannie Stane is visible when the water is low.To this day there is still a yearly festival, called Marymass, held in the town.Irvine is the birthplace of the present First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon as well as the former First Minister of Scotland, Jack Mc Connell. Find event listings and line ups, venue details, ticket information, nearby hotels and restaurants - all the essential information in one place! Got an event that's not listed or need to update your events details?
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