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After 500 Years the Celtic Tongue Set to Regain Dominance within the Welsh Legal System

An increase of the number of court cases conducted in Welsh is in the offing according to a report issued by Roger Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Citing an “increased awareness” of the impact of devolution in Wales the report suggests the way is being paved for a significant increase in the use of Welsh in the court room and in the “general administration of justice in Wales”.

Cultural Ties Strengthen Between Scotland and Cape Breton in Wake of Gaelic Summit – Boost to Canada’s Maritime Gaelic

At the time of Canadian Confederation, in 1867, Gaelic was the third most spoken language in Canada. As many as one hundred thousand Nova Scotians spoke Gaelic as their mother tongue in 1900. Today, estimates claim there are between 1000 and 2000 Gaelic speakers and learners in the province. The decline in Gaelic language is, in large part, due to educational policies…. In the early 1900’s many students began school as Gaelic speakers but were forced to learn English as that was the only language spoken in school.

Historic Gaelic Summit Unites Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man – Nova Scotia Gaelic College Hosts

A significant event for the Pan Celtic movement took place in July in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. An International Gaelic Summit formally named “Connecting the Gaels an International Gaelic Summit” was held on the campus of Colaisde na Gàidhlig (Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts) in St. Anns. The main participants were the host Gaelic College and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College. Also attending were representative of Gaelic organizations from Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Astonishing Surge In Welsh Medium Education - Spike in Demand for Welsh in the Workplace

There is a revolution underway in classrooms across all three devolved nations; most advanced in Wales, but gaining momentum in Northern Ireland and Scotland too. -   ITV News

Doing Business in Irish - Gaelic League Boosts Support for Irish Speaking Enterprises

The Gaelic League (Conradh na Gaeilge) in partnership with Foras na Gaeilge have introduced the first directory of firms in Ireland who do business in Gaelic. The partnership directory is available through the PEIG.ie website and Pieg.ie app (linked below) and users can locate businesses by category, Irish Province and County. Utilizing the services provided by these businesses directly supports the Gaelic Tongue as the listed firms are Gaelic speaking workplaces which provide goods and services in Irish thus creating an economic demand for proficiency in Gaelic.

The Irish Language - Facts and Figures from the Gaelic League

For those of us who are passionate about the preservation, protection and promotion of the Gaelic Tongue of Ireland it is always helpful to step back and reflect.  The following “snapshot” of the past, present and future of the Irish Language is provided to us by Conradh na Gaeilge  and additional information can be found on their website which is linked below.

Scots Gaelic Cultural Traditions on Display at Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling

The Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association along with the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts of St. Anns, Cape Breton, are sponsoring the 2017 Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling. The Festival will be held August 19th - 20th, featuring workshops in Cape Breton Fiddling and Gaelic Step Dancing. 

The Lore and Literature of the Gaels of Scotland, Ireland and Man

The website ‘An Sionnach Fionn' (The White Fox) have published an article that explores the origins of the manuscripts upon which our knowledge of pre-christian Celtic culture is based.  Ironically these sources were often handed down to us through the prism of Christian Monasticism which employed legions of scribes to copy and Christianize the oral traditions of the Celts preserved by the Druidical caste.

A good example of the hijacking of Celtic mythology by the proselytizing Christians in Ireland in the 1st century is the fate of the Celtic Goddess Brigid:

Lughnasadh - The Celtic Harvest Festival

The last Celtic Feast day of the year is Lughnasa, also spelled Lughnasadh, the harvest festival  observed August 1st and which is named after the Celtic God Lugh. God of the sun, light and harvests, Lugh was a great warrior. According to the Ulster Cycle he fathered the legendary Cú Chulainn and is linked to a number of sites in Ireland. Lugh spent part of his childhood in the Isle of Man where he was trained by Manannán mac Lir, said to be first ruler of the Isle of Man.

Authorities Betray the Welsh Language to Property Developers - Critics cite Cultural Suicide - Welsh Language Society Condemns

The passing of the 1536 and 1542 Acts of Union made English the language of law and administration of government. Although the Welsh language was not banned, it lost its status and centuries of steady linguistic decline followed.  Until the mid-19th century, the majority of the Welsh population could speak Welsh – more than 80%. The 2001 census showed that 20.8% of the population was able to speak Welsh (582,400 people), an increase compared to the 1991 census (18.7%).

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