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Wales: Arms research exhibition protest

News from the Celtic League:

‘UK a major supplier to ruthless regimes including Saudi Arabia complicit in war crimes in Yemen’

A so called Defence Research Fair which promotes the UK arms industry is being targeted in Wales today (see link):

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/…/protesters-planning-demonstr…

The event is one a number throughout the year art different venues which supports the UK global arms trade.

Wales visit to Dublin and the land of his father will bring back fond memories for Welsh Manager Chris Coleman

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA (International Federation of Association Football). It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team, Russia. 

Cwlwm Celtaidd: Gŵyl ryng-Geltaidd Cymru - The InterCeltic festival of Wales

Cwlwm Celtaidd is a celebration of the culture, music, song and dance of the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Wales. The festival continues this weekend 9 - 12 March 2017 with a full programme of concerts, dances, workshops, street dance displays in the Town Centre and on the Esplanade today (Saturday), ongoing sessions in the bar and Beach Ceilidh planned for Sunday.  Hosted at the Grand Pavilion on the Porthcawl seafront, this family friendly festival continues at full swing.

Wales: Motorway threatens iconic bird breeding programme

News from the Celtic League:

There is concern that a proposed Motorway bypass in Wales will setback the progress of a project which has reintroduced an iconic bird to wetlands it once populated.

“The proposed £1bn M4 relief road around Newport would cut through the first nesting site for common cranes in Wales in over 400 years, it has emerged.

The RSPB said the revelation, in a Welsh Government ecology report, was emblematic of wider environmental concerns about the scheme.

A five-month public inquiry into the plans begins on Tuesday.

St David Patron Saint Of Wales - Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

St David is the Patron Saint of Wales and March 1st is St David's Day. The first of March is recognised as a National Day throughout Wales. It is also a day of celebration for Welsh communities throughout the world and the Welsh flag with Y Ddraig Goch (the Red Dragon) is proudly raised. The date is tradionally seen as the date that Saint David died in 589. David was the son of the Prince of Powys and he went on to found a monastery on the site where Saint David's Cathedral now stands in Tyddewi/City of St David's in Sir Benfro/Pembrokeshire, Cymru/Wales.

The mystery of an alien spacecraft landing in Wales

Broad Haven (Welsh: Aber Llydan) is a village in the south east corner of St Bride's Bay (Welsh: Bae Sain Ffraid) in the south-west of Wales. It is an area of great beauty with the coast surrounding it forming a part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (Welsh: Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro). It draws visitors from far and wide and maybe from even further that we think.

Wales - the tradition of the Mari Lwyd

The Welsh tradition of the The Mari Lwyd was a custom performed during winter celebrations around the dates of Christmas and New Year. A horse-figure, that in the past was often made from a horses skull, was mounted upon a pole. Which was carried by a person hidden under a cloth from door to door. Accompanied by a group of singers the Mari Lwyd knocks on the door and the first verse of a traditional song is sung. This would in turn be answered in song by the person in the house.

Saved ancient Welsh tree crowned as Tree of the Year

A giant ancient Welsh oak tree that was under threat of being felled in 2009 to make way for a road development has been crowned Tree of the Year.  The competition is run by the Woodland Trust charity. When the tree, known as The Brimmon Oak, came under threat seven years ago, local farmer Mervyn Jones on whose farm the tree stands, started a campaign to save the tree. This resulted in the Welsh Government agreeing to vary the route of the road to save the tree.

Wales: Garden ornament turns out to be 13th century effigy of Llantysilio monk

Around the Celtic world there are many cairns, stone circles, standing stones and carvings in rock from times of prehistory. Ancient stones and tombs placed in a way that look to the stars and capture moments of astronomical importance. Standing stones carved with skill and placed with great effort in special locations that had significant meaning to there creators. It was a tradition of carving in stone that continued through the centuries into the middle ages.

Cornish language singers 'Changing Room' go from strength to strength!

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

'Changing Room' group from Looe perform Cornish language song on BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 played 'Changing Rooms's' Cornish language version of the Pretenders Christmas classic '2000 miles' today!

BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' drive-time audience is now 2.12 million listeners, so a lot of people have heard Cornish!

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