Gyn Cohaglym Eddyr-ashoonagh mleeaney – No International Congress this year

The Welsh branch has had to cancel the International Celtic Congress which had been scheduled to be held in Aberystwyth, Wales from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th July 2020. 

Duillag Facebook noa – New Facebook page

Prior to the cancellation of this year’s International Celtic Congress in Wales, Len Sheppard, the Vice Chair of the Cornish branch, who is also the Publicity Officer for the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, had planned to set up a Facebook page to promote the Congress and work of the various branches to a wider international audience. Last year on behalf of Kernow he set up a Facebook page to promote the activities of their branch and this has been relatively successful considering, as Len himself puts it, their narrower, Celtic, non-political niche in reaching a wider audience. He shares posts on this page across a number of social media sites including Twitter, Instagram as well as numerous Facebook pages to reach as wide an audience as possible.

He says that he’s sure we all feel that Celtic Congress needs to encourage greater interest in its aims and goals especially with a younger generation. He’s now set up an International Celtic Congress Facebook page and hopes that the various branches will help support a greater online social media presence by sending him, or pointing him to, items of interest relating to their nation. We need uplifting posts that will encourage greater interest by younger people in what we stand for relating to our individual national historic, cultural, and environmental heritage. Unfortunately, many Celtic sites are now dominated by those who have just a political agenda. The Celtic Congress, he believes, needs to show that it is our Celtic heritage that defines us, not just about a political line drawn on a map.

He is calling on members to be positive during this difficult time and work towards opportunities that lend themselves to utilising technology to help share our mutual Celtic message. He would love to receive articles and photos with a story relating to history, culture of all sorts that can be added into social media from across all of our six Celtic nations – and notes that images very important – about interesting places etc., etc.

He asks for material to be sent to him at

He has started the ball rolling with something from Kernow relating to the young musician who was to be their musical contributor at this year’s congress and his lockdown project. He has also included the article from our website about Katie Newton’s recent talk about the Island’s keeill sites, which he says is a great example of young people taking an interest in an aspect of their historic heritage.

He also asks – meaning no disrespect to anyone! – to avoid photos of members which suggest that the Celtic Congress is only for the older generation!! He feels that lots of upbeat, positive material that would help encourage a younger generation and make our movement more vibrant and forward looking.

The Facebook page can be found at:

Taghyrtyn scryssit magh – Events cancelled

In order to assist in measures against Covid-19, the Manx Branch of the Celtic Congress will not be holding any further meetings for the time being.

We look forward to being able to arrange a future date when things have settled, but will depend on the instructions and advice of the Government.

For draft minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Manx Branch of the Celtic Congress held on Saturday 2nd November 2019, please click here.

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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