With the Covid ‘circuit breaker’ from 5th-27th January, the presentation by Dr Fenella Bazin, RBV this
Saturday 9th January cannot now go ahead. Grateful thanks to Fenella for having agreed to give a talk, and we can only look forward to being able to re-arrange a date later in the year.

This would have followed the very interesting presentation in December 2020 given by Professor Angela Little entitled : Education for All… and the Few: schooling in Port St Mary 1829-1979. You can read a little about it by clicking here. 

Chaglym Cadjin Bleinoil – Annual General Meeting 

The annual general meeting was held in the Guild Room, Atholl Street, Peel at 4.00pm on Saturday 5th December. The draft minutes can be found by clicking here.

Details of our programme for 2020-21 can be found by clicking here. 

Zoomal gys Cohaglym Celtiagh Eddyr-Ashoonagh –
Zooming to an International Celtic Congress

Despite the disappointment of not having the International Celtic Congress in Aberystwyth last July, representatives of the six branches took advantage of Zoom to have an online meeting in August to discuss items of interest. The use of social media to promote the Celtic languages was the focus of the ICC in Kemper in Brittany in 2018. In Newquay, Cornwall in 2019, James Franklin’s presentation on behalf of the Manx branch about how Culture Vannin takes full advantage of its prominent online presence attracted considerable interest.

Len Sheppard, the Vice Chair of the Cornish branch, who is also the Publicity Officer for the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, set up a Facebook page to promote the Congress and work of the various branches to a wider international audience. He asks for material to be sent to him at  Unfortunately, the lockdown has pretty well scuppered opportunities for sharing much in the way of newses this year, but the Facebook page can be found at:  Consideration is now being given to a forum page for members to discuss issues privately rather than in public.

Sharing events through live streaming and keeping in contact via the likes of Zoom, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms is something that the unfortunate circumstances have forced on us, but it is well-worth finding out how best to take full advantage of it.

Failt erriu gys Banglane Manninagh y Chohaglym Celtiagh

Welcome to the Manx Branch of the Celtic Congress

Eaghtyrane: Brian Kerwin
Lhiass Eaghtyrane: Stewart Bennett
Patroonyn: Clare Christian OBE; Noel Cringle OBE; Hazel Hannan
Screeudeyr Onn: Bob Carswell
Tashteyder Onn Shallidagh: Bob Carswell

The International Celtic Congress is held annually to perpetuate the culture, ideals, and languages of the Celtic peoples, and to maintain an intellectual contact and close cooperation between the respective Celtic communities.

The Celtic Congress was founded in 1917, though its antecedents go back some years before that, in order to promote the knowlege, use, and appreciation of the languages and cultures of the six Celtic countries. National Branches of the Congress meet in an International Congress each year in order to help further these aims.

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