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Testament To Irish - The Language of Saints, Scholars, Kith and Kin

The following editorial appeared in Ireland's Leinster Express.  Nothing can be added to this eloquent testimonial to the Celtic tongue of Ireland.

There has never been a period in the past thousand years or more when it has not been spoken and written. Even at the worst period of anglicisation and national catastrophe, before and after the famine of 1847, it remained the language of the great mass of the people outside the Pale.

Tŷ Cerdd Records Aims to Promote Welsh Music Nationally and Internationally

Tŷ Cerdd Records proudly state: “a world of music to Wales and the music of Wales to the world”. The new record label is being officially launched today and their aim is to present and produce music by Welsh composers or performers based in Wales. All the money generated will be reinvested into Welsh music. They say: “The mission of Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales is to support, develop and promote the creation, performance and empowering experience of music, both in and of Wales.

New Manx Gaelic TT Phrase Guide Available

With this year's TT races well underway, Culture Vannin has released an updated version of their successful Manx Gaelic guide, which provides a variety of key phrases for visiting bikers.

The guide, which has been supported by local mobile phone company Sure IOM, contains translations for phrases such as 'mist on the mountain road' (Kay er Giat y Clieau) and 'Mad Sunday' (Jedoonee Keoi).

Breizh: “Mass Protest on Epic Scale Needed”

This media release just received from the Celtic League:

News from the Celtic League

Breizh: “Mass Protest on Epic Scale Needed”

Politically and linguistically advances have slowly been made in the strengthening of the Celtic countries as distinct entities in their own right over the last twenty years. Despite some minor setbacks the Celtic countries have been making progressing towards a feasible goal over that period that could realistically mean one day that they will be making decisions about their own current and future aspirations.

ConIFA World Cup Sápmi 2014 - A Football World Cup with a Difference

Preparations are underway for the forthcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July.  Meanwhile in Sápmi a different soccer World Cup is underway. It is the ConIFA (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) 2014 inaugural World Cup, which sees states who are unaffiliated with FIFA, stateless people and minorities competing. ConIFA is their umbrella association. Sápmi is the name of the cultural region that is traditional home to the Sami people (sometimes called Lapps or Laplanders in English).

Urdd Eisteddfod 2014 hailed a success as preparations already underway for 2015 Eisteddfod at Caerphilly

The Urdd Eisteddfod was hailed as a success when a week of competition at Bala ended on Saturday. The annual six day celebration of Welsh culture held in Meirionnydd saw attendance for the week rise to 86,294 compared to last year’s 81,795. The Urdd Eisteddfod, which is dedicated to children and young people, is held in north and south Wales on alternate years and preparations are already underway for next year’s Urdd to be held in Caerphilly.

Disgusting! François Hollande Reported to have Dismissed Reunification of Brittany

The new suggested map of the regions has now been published and as suspected the perfect opportunity for the reunification of Brittany has been dismissed by French President François Hollande. Ever since the announcement of a reform of the French regions, hopes have been high that Nantes and the Loire-Atlantique would be reunited with the rest of Brittany. They were separated by the Fascist Vichy regime in 1941 and by failing to redress this atrocity François Hollande has by his actions confirmed that decision.

Ratchyn TT Mannin – Isle of Man TT Races 2014

Ratchyn TT Mannin. Y boayl share sy theihll son ratchal raaidey (Isle of Man TT Races. The best place in the world for road racing). This first week in June sees the world’s greatest motorcycle road race take place. The Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) races began in 1907. The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race was first held on the Island in 1907. The Snaefell Mountain Course was first used in 1911. The 37¾ mile long course rises to 1,385ft (422 metres) above sea level at its highest point.  There is nothing like the Isle of Man TT Races.

Breizh - League Cause for Concern Ahead of Possible Announcement

This media release just received from the Celtic League:

News from Celtic League

League Cause for Concern Ahead of Possible Announcement

It is with grave concern that the Celtic League has learned about French Government plans to further annex the nation of Breizh (Brittany) with areas of the French state, with complete disregard for the Breton people and their territory.

Reunification of Brittany - NOW IS THE TIME

Last month saw a demonstration of over 10000 people in Nantes for the reunification of Brittany. This was part of an ongoing campaign for Breton reunification. The former capital City Nantes and the department of Loire Atlantique were split from Brittany in 1941 without the consent of the Breton people. Political and cultural organisations throughout Brittany are calling for demonstrations in support of reunification today and the days ahead.  

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