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EU Parliament Fails In Irish Translation - Violation of Language Statutes Charged

The Irish Independent reports that the Irish language Group, Stadas,  have filed a formal complaint against the European Union Parliament. The complaint states that Parliamant have failed to fully translate its website into Irish and thus "Violates a range of legal rules and principles."   The complaint further alleges that Parliament have failed to make Irish available on it's website in  "an adequate and proportionate way." 

Cornish Language Radio (fund raising appeal). News From The Celtic League

An online Cornish language radio programme is just under £1000 and four days away from meeting a £5000 fund raising target to build a new website to host the free downloadable podcasts that aim to boost fluency among speakers.

Irish Government Demands Oxford University Return Ancient Celtic Manuscripts

The Irish government have called for the return of the "Annals of Inisfallen".  Jimmy Deenihan, the Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking Areas)  stated that the Irish Governmnet wants them back. An article in the on line "oxfordtimes" quoted Minister Deenihan; "A request will be made by the Irish Govenment to have them returned.

Welsh Language Commissioner To Investigate Town Council for Non-Compliance with Language Statute

A spokesman for the Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, has announced an investigation into alleged non-compliance by the Torfaen Council with Welsh law.  The online "southwalesargus" reports: "The Commissioner's office will now see whether the Council is breaching it's statutory duties under the 1993 Welsh Language Act, which forces public bodies to ensure English and Welsh can be used equally when dealing with them."

BZH New York (Bretons and friends of Brittany in New York) announces a calendar of exciting forthcoming events for September 2013.

BZH New York has announced a very busy upcoming calendar of Breton events in NYC. BZH New York is an organisation of Bretons and friends of Brittany. They are dedicated to promoting the language, culture, economy and tourism of Brittany.

Breton Language to be taught at Harvard University

Breton the language of the Celtic nation of Brittany is to be taught at Harvard University in the United States.  This follows an agreement between the Department of Breton and Celtic Studies at Rennes University in Brittany and the Department of Celtic languages and literature at Harvard University. This is a welcome step for the Breton language and confirms its importance and relevance in the world today.

Cowethas an Yeth Kernewek Cambron (The Camborne Cornish Language Fellowship) will be starting new Cornish language classes

From 12th September Cowethas an Yeth Kernewek Cambron, (The Camborne Cornish Language Fellowship) will be starting new Cornish language classes.  As well as a group for absolute beginners there will be an intermediate group. The Fellowship's aim is to improve the knowledge of Cornish but classes are structured in such a way that students can attempt exams if they so wish.

Plan is Announced to Teach Gaelic in Every Scots Primary School

Education Scotland, an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government created in 2010 to support innovation and educational excellence in  Scottish schools, has announced a plan to teach Gaelic in every Scots primary school.

Record Attendance at the 2013 All Ireland Music Festival ( Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann Doire '13)

The 2013 All Ireland Music Festival, or Fleadh Cheoil na hErieann, was held this year in the Ulster city of Derry (Doire).  The Belfast Telegraph reports that over 430,000 attended the week long festival which included musical performances, art exhibitions, workshops in dance , Irish language events and an exhibition of Gaelic Ireland & Scotland sacred music and literature at Derry's majestic St. Columb's Cathedral.  

Cape Breton - Festival Celebrates the Scots Gaelic Speaking Community of Canada's Nova Scotia

The 23rd annual "Feis an Eilein" is being held in the Cape Breton community of Easter Island from August 20 through August 24.  The Festival's Home page, which is linked below, gives us: "A Feis (faysh) is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of an area. Today in Scotland the Feis Movement has grown to number approximately 36 community festivals.  The community of Christmas Island is home to the first Feis to be held outside of Scotland."  

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