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The Celtic Tongue Shows Its Strength - The Welsh Language Fights Back

Wales Online reports: "A row has broken out over plans that could see more compulsory teaching of the Welsh language in English medium schools across Wales."  This follows on recent news reports that a broad coalition, including Rugby Coach Robin McBryde and MP Susan Elan Jones, have called in a letter to the Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to universally introduce the teaching of subject matter in Welsh schools in the Welsh language so as to strengthen proficiency: "abolish the teaching of Welsh as a 'second language' like French or Spanish."

BBC Propaganda Machine Tries to Counter Rise in Celtic Nationalism

In promoting the increasingly outdated idea of being ‘British’, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is attempting to try and counter the latest census results. The recently released 2011 Census results of the island of Britain reveals that 62.4% of people in Scotland see themselves as solely Scottish and 57.5% in Wales as solely Welsh. Just 18.3% of people in Scotland declared themselves to be “Scottish and British identities only” and only 8.4% in Scotland saw themselves as “British identity only”.

The Catholic Church in France Declares as an Ally of the Breton Language - Vatican Approves Breton Language Mass

The website of the "The Tablet", a British Catholic Weekly which has been published continually since 1840, reports that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vannes, located in southern Brtittany, has announced its intention to incorporate the Celtic tongue of Brittany into it's liturgical texts, hymns, catechism lessons and information services.  This is a further sign of the strengthening movement to preserve, protect and promote the Breton language.

Triumph For The Irish Tongue - Bastion of the Irish Language on the Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula (Corca Duibhne) will be the home of the Irish Language and Gaeltachta Development Centre.  The Centre is sponsored by a partnership between the the Irish Government's "Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht" along with the "Gaeltacht Authority" (Udaras na Gaeltachta). The Centre is under construction in Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirearaigh) on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Gaeltachta.

Glasgow City Council Adopts Gaelic Language Plan

Scots Gaelic, an official language of Scotland, is in the news this week as the Glasgow City Council have announced a "Four Year Gaelic Language Plan". The plan is in compliance with the Gaelic Language Act of 2005 under which local Councils are required to prepare a plan for promoting and preserving the tongue. This action by the Council will fuel the resurgence of Gaelic in Glasgow and follows up on the announcement earlier this year of plans to open the citys second Gaelic medium primary school.

BZH (Bretons in New York) Fest Noz in NYC

Message from BZH (Association of Bretons in New York) bzh-ny.org

Fri 27 September 2013-Fest Noz in NYC tonight!!!

Celtic people all have a name for it.....ceili, craic agus ceoil, fest noz, beidh ceol, caint agus craic againn,basically a real fun time!!!

Census Result Reveals Majority of Scotland’s People Say We Are ‘Scottish Only’ and Reject British Identity

Figures now released from the 2011 Census of Scotland have shown that a majority of the people of Scotland see themselves as Scottish only and not British. Responding to a question about nationality 62.4% said they saw themselves as “Scottish identity only”. Just 18.3% declared that they were “Scottish and British identities only”. Those who saw themselves as “British identity only” numbered only 8.4%.  

European Resolution on Endangered Languages and French Establishment Attitudes to the Breton Language

When on September 11 2013 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on protecting minority languages it did so by an overwhelming majority vote of 645 to 26. Not surprisingly amongst those voting against were French Centre-right MEPs claiming that it violated the unity of the French Republic.

A New Generation of Gaelic Speakers Hailed By Scots Language Minister Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan, Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, has announced a boost in spending to increase the number of places available in Gaelic Medium Education. Minister Allan is quoted by the STC website, Central Scotland's ITV franchise. Dr. Allan is a Scots Gaelic speaker and strong supporter of the tongue

Irish Government Criticised for Failure to Support Irish Language Strategy

The Irish television network RTE are reporting on criticism leveled agianst the Irish Government for its failure to make progress on the implementation of the goals outlined in the  "Twenty Year Stratgy For the Irish language".  A spokesman for  "Conradh na Gaeilge", which is  the main voluntary community organisation promoting the Irish language, charged a "very slow pace" of implementation.

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