Celtic League condemns 'Outrageous Behaviour by Spanish Authorities' in Catalunya

News from the Celtic League. The General Secretary of the Celtic League has issued the following statement:

Outrageous Behaviour by Spanish Authorities

On the weekend before the National Day of Catalunya (11th September) it is disappointing , but not surprising that the Spanish authorities have started making overt attempts to disrupt the Catalan referendum on independence.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan steps down with immediate effect

The decision by the head of An Garda Síochána (Ireland's police) Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, to retire with immediate effect has been welcomed by many. Despite, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar telling the Dail in June that he and his government had confidence in the Garda commissioner, she had faced several opposition calls for her to stand down. The Garda has been mired in a number of controversies.

Tension grows ahead of Catalan referendum

In this news item on Yn Commeeys Yn Celtiagh - Celtic News Mannin, the escalating tensions in Catalonia are dicussed ahead of next months Catalan referendum on independence from Spain. The Spanish government's hard line stance to prevent the Catalan people from exercising their democratic right to vote is set to see the biggest confrontation in Europe since the events in Ukraine:


The arrogance of the Manx government points to the need for non-violent direct action

Quite rightly Manx people are very cynical about their elected representatives. Not least because once elected they undertake actions for which they have no mandate and they fail to represent those that voted for them. Over the years there have been some notable exceptions, however, the feeling is that MHK's (members of the Manx parliament) are above all self serving rather than servants of the public. There have been so many examples of this over the years that thinking of them can induce nausea. 

Congratulations to Bretons in New York who are celebrating 10th anniversary this weekend

Congratulations to BZH Ny Association of Bretons in New York who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this weekend. More information can be seen on the BZH New York website

On Saturday, September 9th they are holding the Annual Garden Pate Henaff Picnic in Central Park, W 86th St Entrance (Southwest of the Reservoir). It is from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, with a Magic Show for kids at 3:00pm. The event is FREE to attend, with Pate Henaff on sale for $5/box + bread.

City of London's first Welsh language film

With thanks to Gwyn Richards for drawing our attention to the City of London first film in the Welsh language (Dinas sy'n Ffynnu: Wyneb newidiol Dinas Llundain) on its Youtube channel.


Scotland - Loch Fleet Tyrants And Tragedy

In this article by Allen Moore, Environmental Officer, for the Celtic League Mannin Branch, in Yn Commeeys Celtiagh - Celtic News Mannin points to a visit that he made to Sutherland and the monument to the dreadful Duke of Sutherland that sadly still stands on Beinn a' Bhragaidh. There are some in Scotland who think lessons could be drawn from the destruction of Nelson's Pillar in Dublin's O'Connell Street. This was destroyed in 1966 by direct action.

Victory for campaigners as Welsh government scraps plans for 'insulting' Iron Ring sculpture

Today, a joint statement released by the Welsh Government and Flintshire town and county councils, said the plan to build an Iron Ring sculpture at Flint Castle will be scrapped. It is a major victory for campaigners who described the proposed Iron Ring as symbolising a system used to subjugate and oppress the Welsh people. Plaid Cymru's North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd, had described the sculpture, which celebrated the conquest of Wales by Edward I, as "inappropriate and insulting".

New publication - The Place Names of the Land's End Peninsula by Cornish author and patriot, Craig Weatherhill

The Land's End Peninsula is as far southwest as one can go on the mainland of Britain, reaching well out into the wild Atlantic. It is a treasure house of the past as well being in tune with the present.  Not surprisingly, it was the last outpost of the Cornish language as a traditional community tongue.  

Craig, installed as a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh in 1981, is a Cornish archaeologist, historian and toponymist and the author of several books.  

Hedd Wyn and "The Eisteddfod of the Black Chair"

Ellis Humphrey Evans was born at Yr Ysgwrn, the family farm in Trawsfynydd, in 1887. Better known by his bardic name Hedd Wyn (Welsh for Blessed Peace) he composed his first poem by the age of eleven. He worked with his father on the family hill farm from the age of 14 and wrote much of his poetry when working there as a shepherd. His talent for poetry became increasingly known and he took part in competitions and local eisteddfodau. He won his first chair (Cadair y Bardd) in Bala, at the age of 20 in 1907.


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