Thousands March in Favour of Scottish Independence

Thousands of pro-independence marchers took to the streets of Scotland’s Capital Edinburgh on Saturday 21 September. Organisers estimate that 20,000 to 30,000 people took part in the day’s successful activities culminating in a rally at Carlton Hill.

One of the speakers at the rally was Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. In front of a sea of Scottish flags and pro-independence banners he said:

The Scottish College of "Sabhal Mor Ostaig" Hailed as Custodians of Scots Gaelic

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, has congratulated the Sabhal Mor Ostaig, which roughly translates to "Teaching Barn", on its 40th birthday. The BBC quoted First Minister Salmond: " What started as no more than a barn and an idea 40 years ago, now stands as an established globally recognised Higher Education Institution charged with protecting, promoting and celebrating Scottish Gaelic.

Welsh Language Commissioner Moves to Strengthen Welsh Language Health Care Services

In a move that has huge implications for the future health of the Welsh tongue, and the health of Welsh speakers, the Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner (Meri Huws) have announced a series of public forums to be held throughout Wales until October 11, 2013 that will afford Welsh speakers an opportunity to "..share their experience of using the Welsh language when accessing primary health care services."

Countdown to 2013 Rally For Scottish Independence

Edinburgh, Saturday March 21 September, Rally For Independence.

The countdown is on for the March and Rally in favour of a Yes vote for an independent Scotland. To be held in Edinburgh on Saturday 21 September 2013. Assembling between 11am – 12pm at The High Street, Edinburgh the march will go to Carlton Hill where a Rally will be held. For details go to the website of the Rally for Scottish Independence organisers.

French Campaign Against Breton Language and Culture Continues

As reported in EurActive, the political establishment of France continues to discriminate against Breton and other minority languages that currently fall within their administration:

French centre-right MEPs voted against a resolution on endangered regional languages, passed by a large majority in the European Parliament this week, claiming that it violated the unity of the French Republic.
With 92%, EU lawmakers gave their overwhelming backing on Wednesday (11 September) to a report, prepared by the Green group, aimed at protecting endangered and minority languages across Europe.

Pub Crawler: Half Way to Saint Patrick's Day at Nolan's Irish Pub in Cocoa Beach

Celtic culture can be broadly defined as comprising Music, Myth, Dance and Language.  And keeping the culture alive through music is what John Nolan is doing every day of the week at Nolan's Irsh Pub in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Nolan, a native of County Wexford, maintains a Public House that is a center of Celtic culture in this Atlantic resort adjacent to Cape Canaveral.  Nolan's recently hosted a "Half Way to St. Patrick's Day" event with a local Irish band the "Wyndbreakers" featuring the Fiddle and Irish Bodhran drum.

European Parliament Moves to Protect The Cornish Language (Kernewek)

Under the headline "European Parliament's call to Protect Endangered Cornish Language", the website "thisisCornwall" reports on actions to be taken that will strengthen efforts to revive the Cornish tongue. The article states: "The European Parliament is to call on governments to do more to preserve regional languages such as Cornish, which is described as endangered."  This action follows a UNESCO report which also cites the status of Cornish. Language Interest Website - Champions in Promoting The Irish Tongue

The website "" is a good source of information and news on the progress being made to reclaim the Irish tongue from the damage done by the past and present enemies of Gaelic, the Offical Language of Ireland.  From the vicious persecution of Gaelic inflicted on Ireland by the English aristocracy to the misguided action of the Irish government in 1974 to nullify the requirement that civil servants be required to be fluent in Irish, the language of our Celtic heritage has suffered. 


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