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National Trust actions at Levant
Following on from National Trust vandalism at Levant which resulted in direct action by unknown individuals, we are pleased to report that five representatives of several groups met with the National Trust officials at Levant with the following results:

PARKING CHARGES (Levant & Botallack): They're not giving way on this. HOWEVER, they admitted that they'll be employing no one to monitor or enforce.

Tributes paid at the passing of Sinn Féin Leader and former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin Leader and former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has died after short illness at Derry's Altnagelvin Hospital with his family by his side. A former deputy IRA commander who was a key figure in Irish politics for five decades, his death at 66, prompted tributes from allies and enemies alike. In 1972, at the age of 21, he was second-in-command of the IRA in Derry, at the time of Bloody Sunday, when 14 unarmed civil rights protesters were killed in the city by British soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment.

Isle of Man: Celtfest - a Fresh New Name for the Island's Annual Summer Festival!

There's a fresh, new name on the festival calendar, but behind it a rich background of history and social enterprise.

Celtfest Isle of Man has been organised by Yn Chruinnaght (a group of like-minded individuals who love all things Celtic) and promises to invigorate mid-summer with a selection of new ideas and trusted favourites.

Search and Rescue a vital but dangerous task

News from the Celtic League:

The events of the last few days and the loss of an Irish Coastguard helicopter with all crew members highlight that search and rescue is a vital but perilous task in the waters around these Islands.

In relation to both Ireland and the United Kingdom it was traditionally undertaken by the military although that situation changed in Ireland over a decade ago and in the UK more recently.

Kaneen Bursary scheme for young fluent speakers of Manx Gaelic

Media release from Culture Vannin

Kaneen Bursary scheme for young fluent speakers of Manx Gaelic

Culture Vannin is delighted to announce its 2017 bursary scheme for young fluent speakers of Manx between the ages of 18 and 25 that will enable them to attend a summer school in Irish language and culture run by Oideas Gael in Donegal this summer. Two bursaries will be available which will cover travel and accommodation costs to the selected summer school.

Isle of Man: William Kennish Memorial Dedication Ceremony

With the success of a local campaign to raise funds for a permanent gravestone at the burial site of one of the Island's unsung heroes, there was an opportunity for some of those involved with the project to view the finished stone before transportation to New York.

Trustees of the William Kennish Memorial Trust, Robert Stimpson and Roy Moore (a descendant of the Kennish family) invited those who had donated to this unique marker along to Manx Memorials in Peel, where Matthew Gregson, who worked on the stone, was on hand to answer questions, together with the trustees.

Fund to help restore Scotland's peatlands launched by the Scottish government

Peat, also called turf, is made from partly decomposed plant material and forms in waterlogged conditions. Lack of oxygen means the plants do not rot completely and peat is unique to natural areas of peatlands and bogs.  It takes thousands of years for peatlands to develop and there is an estimated 1.7 million hectares of peatland in Scotland. It's ecosystem is the most efficient carbon sink on earth and peatland plants capture the CO2 which is naturally released from the peat.

Cornwall: Latest 'Devonwall' official petition and other news

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

No to a cross-Tamar “Devonwall” parliamentary constituency

A second petition to sign and share please

Link to petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/188271

President praises courage of Irish Coast Guard following fatal helicopter crash

Ireland's President, Michael D Higgins, has said his thoughts are with the family of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick who died after an Irish Coast Guard helicopter crashed in the early hours of this morning. Three crew members of Rescue 116, named as Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby, are still missing. The Dublin based helicopter had gone to provide cover for another Coast Guard helicopter which had been helping an injured crewman on a fishing boat 150 nautical miles west of Eagle Island in Co Mayo.

Bright Future for Scots Gaelic - Stunning Reversal in Celtic Tongue's Prospects

Scotland’s Bòrd na Gàidhlig has published the draft of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2017-2022 for public consultation.  The purpose of this is to lay out the policy for Gaelic in the near future. The language Plan aims to strengthen the language at both the local and national levels for the next five years. Bòrd na Gàidhlig chief executive Shona MacLennan is quoted in “Holyrood Current Affairs” as follows: “What the plan does is set out the overarching aims for ensuring that Gaelic has a secure future in Scotland.

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