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Australian Celtic Festival 4 - 7 May 2017 celebrates Ireland

The Australian Celtic Festival takes place every year. Crowds flock to the New South Wales town of Glen Innes in a celebration of the music, song, dance and culture of all the Celtic Nations. The Festival attracts clans, cultural groups, dancers and performers from around Australia and beyond.

Not quite the shake up we need in the Celtic nations!

There is no doubt that the Celtic nations would all benefit from the positive political shake-up offered by progressive nationalism. However, there are some shake-ups we could maybe do without. Seismic activity being one, with a recent study showing a number of areas in the Celtic nations being identified as some of the most earthquake prone in the British Isles. 

Press freedom under serious threat around the world

A truly free and independent press is a vital component of any healthy democratic society. The need for transparency and for those who wield governmental and corporate power to be held accountable is vital. The annual briefing by Reporters Without Borders, has pointed out that press freedom has never been as threatened as it is now. Based in Paris, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an independent NGO with consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF).

A message from Dr Merv Davey, Grand Bard - Don’t deny us our global Celtic identity

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

We are grateful to 'Cornish Stuff' for covering the Grand Bard's important announcement. We stand firmly behind his every word.

Don’t deny us our global Celtic identity says Grand Bard of Cornwall

Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales launches election campaign with pledge to defend Wales

Plaid Cymru launched its General election campaign today in the Welsh city of Bangor. The UK General Election is being held on June 8th. Party Leader Leanne Wood told activists that Labour is too "weak and divided" to stand up for Wales. She went on to say that the prospect of more Plaid Cymru MPs in Westminster offers Wales a "ray of hope" with the party determined to do everything within its power to prevent Wales from being sidelined and forgotten.

Condemnation as scallop dredger wrecks rare flame shell reef off the west coast of Scotland

A rare flame shell reef off the west coast of Scotland has been 'devastated' by a scallop dredger. The Loch Carron reef near Plockton (Scottish Gaelic:Am Ploc) was intensively dredged on two occasions in an act of devastation that could take decades to recover.  Flame shells live hidden on the seabed inside nests built from shells, stones and other materials around them. Many hundreds of these nests can combine to form a dense bed, raising and stabilising the seabed. This then attracts many other creatures.

Druids of Edinburgh - The Beltane Fire Festival 2017

The Beltane Fire Festival to be held at Edinburgh’s Calton Hill on April 30 – May 1, 2017 is the premier event celebrating the Celtic Festival of Beltane. The international prestige of Beltane Fire festival grows stronger every year.  The Beltane Fire festival was first held in 1988 and has developed its own traditions built on the legacy of 2,500 years of Beltane observances. The Beltane Fire Society is a Community Arts Performance Charity that hosts the Beltane Fire Festival as well as Halloween's Samhuinn (Samhain) Fire Festival.

The destructive power of the super trawler

News from the Celtic League:

I have documented at length the impact of industrial fishing from Senegal in West Africa to Scandinavia.

Large trawlers literally vacuum the fish sticks in these areas and some of them have the capacity to process hundreds of tonnes of fish per day – they are in effect floating factories.

Scots Gaelic Gets Major Boost in Funding – Celtic Heartland of Cape Breton to Benefit

Scots Gaelic is getting another shot of Government funding.  Earlier this month Scotland’s Bòrd na Gàidhlig, established as a public body by the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 to promote the use of Scottish Gaelic, awarded funding of £150,000 towards the £7 million already received through the Scottish Government for a Gaelic Culture and Language centre in Dalabrog (Daliburgh), South Uist in Scotland’s Gaelic speaking Hebrides.

Decades old tragedy comes back to haunt the French navy

News from the Celtic League:

“Trente ans après le naufrage du chalutier La Jonque, qui avait entraîné la mort de cinq personnes, un homme embarqué à l’époque à bord du sous-marin Le Tonnant vient de fournir un témoignage qui devrait relancer l’enquête.”

For over three decades via our Celtic League Military Monitoring programme we logged suspicious losses of motor fishing vessels in areas where submarines were active during the cold war.

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