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No sea monsters just the 'nasties' the UK military dumped for 70 years

News from the Celtic League:

There’s an interesting story on the BBC web pages today about the discovery of the wreck of a U Boat which sank 100 years ago off Stranraer. The story is surrounded with subterfuge and mystery and even has a ‘horrible sea monster’ in the mix! (Link):…/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37691283

Celtic League Welcome Comprehensive Nature Of MAIB Report

News from the Mannin Branch Celtic League:

The Celtic League Mannin Branch have publicly acknowledged the detail and comprehensive nature of an MAIB report into an Irish Sea incident in which the MFV Karen was snagged a year ago by an unidentified Royal Navy submarine.

Text of a Manx Radio report below - an audio clip is at the link:

“Irish Sea fishing dangers exposed

Brittany - Bugaled Breizh Inquest in January 2017 in Britain

News from the Breton Branch Celtic League:

Bugaled Breizh:

INQUEST in January-2017 in Britain 

London Manx Society Celebrate Mhelliah 2016

Members of London Manx Society (Manx: Yn Cheshaght Vanninagh Lunnin) attended a Mhelliah Service at St Bride's Church in London's Fleet Street on Monday 10th October. A Mhelliah is a traditional Celtic harvest festival that remains popular on the Isle of Man (Manx: Mannin), and is celebrated annually by London Manx Society. In his novel 'The Manxman', a 1894 novel by the Manx writer Hall Caine (14 May 1853 – 31 August 1931), he describes the festival:

Manx Words: a new dictionary for learners of Manx

Press Release From Culture Vannin

Manx Words: a new dictionary for learners of Manx

Culture Vannin is pleased to announce the publication of a new dictionary for learners of Manx.

Entitled Manx Words this pocket dictionary is a fantastic addition to the growing material available for both learners and speakers of the language.

Celtic Stories, Myths and Fairy Tales Celebrated at Manx Litfest 2016

The Manx Litfest 2016 celebrated Celtic literature in a night of storytelling, myths and fairy tales in the town of Peel (Manx: Purt ny h-Inshey) in the Isle of Man (Manx: Mannin) on Saturday, October 1. The event featured visiting Celtic authors Dr Sharon Blackie and Kevin MacNeil, in conversation with lecturer Dr Catriona Mackie. Readings of myths and poetry, along with live Celtic music entertained the audience. Sharon Blackie is a writer, psychologist and mythologist, specialising in Celtic Studies. Once a crofter on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Sharon now lives in Donegal.

China Pays Up In Eco Damage Claim

News from Mannin Branch Celtic League:

Manx Culture Online

Media release from Culture Vannin:

American Flag Flies On A Lonely Manx Hillside. The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Crash On North Barrule

North Barrule (Manx Gaelic: Baarool Twoaie) is the second highest peak in the Isle of Man (Mannin). It stands at 1842 ft (561.4 m) and from its summit you can get commanding views across the flat Northern plain of the Isle of Man toward the coastline and hills of south west Scotland. There is also a South Barrule (Manx: Baarool Jiass), which though not as tall, standing at 1,585 ft (483 m), is significant in Manx legend as the home of the Celtic god of the sea  Manannán mac Lir.

Manx General Election 2016: 'Stand Up For Nature' Says Manx Wildlife Trust

With the Isle of Man's General Election taking place on September 22nd 2016 the Manx Wildlife Trust (Manx: Treisht Bea-Feie Vannin) has called on prospective MHK's to make a stand for the environment. The election is for the The House of Keys (Manx: Y Chiare as Feed), which is the Lower Branch of the Isle of Man parliament, Tynwald (Manx: Tinvaal).


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