James Orr of Ballycarry, the best of the 'weaver poets' and himself a United Irishman, had the women of the village welcome home the returning rebels in 1798 with the words, 'Guid God! Is't you? Fair fa' ye.'
The term was also used by another Ulster-Scots poet, but this time from county Down, Robert Huddleston of Moneyreagh. In 1844 he wrote a satirical poem about the Presbyterian theological controversies of the time and in it he had one of the characters say 'Fair fa' ye auld Cloots!' (Greetings Satan!)
Fair fa ye is an old Ulster-Scots greeting or welcome and it is good to see it in use today.