Fall in Welsh speakers is "Crisis"

In the news recently were the results of the 2011 Welsh census, which indicate an unexpected drop in the number of Welsh speakers.  It is reported that the 2001 census registerd 20.5% as Welsh Speaking whereas the 2011 census reported a drop to 19 %. 

The Celtic Languages are at a crossroads in Canada

Statements by Jason Kenney, the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, have created a political storm which in turn has provoked a rebuke from the Nova Scotia Assembly.  Several days ago Jason Kenney dismissed what he claimed were "heritage" languages like Scottish and in particular the public funding of these tongues, advocating instead an emphasis on the learning and adoption of English and French. As reported in Canada's The Chronicle Herald: "Nova Scotia in particular now has the Oifis Iomairtean na Gàidhlig (Office of Gaelic Affairs) and the increasingly important Colaisde na Gàidhlig or Gaelic College at Baile Anna (St. Anne's), which links toScotland’s Sabhal Mòr Ostaig". In what must be regarded as a direct rebuke to Kenney, the following Motion was carried unanimously in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, which is the oldest Assembly in Canada dating from 1758: 

British Parliamentarians Learning Cornish

British Members of Parliament (MPs) are signing up for Cornish lessons according to this article in Cornwall's Western Morning News. It is further being reported that those taking classes include three MPs with Cornish constituencies, plus one Scottish Nationalist and a member of Plaid Cymru. 

Global Irish Homecoming Year 2013 - The Gathering

The homecoming year, known as 'The Gathering' is an invitation to those of Irish descent throughout the world to visit the land of their ancestors. After some years of economic strife the 2013 'Gathering' is seen as an opportunity for renewal in Ireland. The event is aimed at being a nationwide time of fun and celebration as well as giving a much needed boost to the economy by the millions in revenue and employment generated.

Cornish flag flies proudly on Isle of Man

Cornish and Manx flags

One of the major features of Laxey on the Isle of Man is the Laxey Wheel, which is also known as Lady Isabella. It is the largest working water wheel in the world, with a circumference of 210ft 6ins, diameter 74ft 6ins and a width of 6ft. Built in 1854 it was used to pump water out of part of the Laxey lead, zinc, copper and silver mines.

Dublin, Ireland - journey from Douglas, Isle of Man

Follow's Alastair Kneale as he travels from Douglas, Isle of Man, to Dublin, Ireland, and back. 

Watch a slideshow of the trip

Transceltic's own YouTube Channel

We've launched our own YouTube Channel. Search for "transceltic" on and you'll find us. Alternative go there directly:

Scotland the Brave

I stumbled across this superb rendition of Scotland the Brave the other day. I can't stop listening to it.

It makes me want to get back to Scotland.

Happy St Maughold's Day

To all our Manx friends, Happy St Maughold's Day on 27th April. St Maughold is the Patron Saint of the Isle of Man and his Feast Day is celebrated on 27th April each year.

Tradition has it that Saint Maughold Patron Saint of the Isle of Man was an Irish Prince, Macc Cuill. One legend is that he was leader of a band of thieves and converted to Christianity by Saint Patrick.


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