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Something nasty in the water

Article from Yn Commeeys Celtiagh - Celtic League Mannin highlights concerns about munitions that have been dumped around the Celtic coasts. The article points out that Beaufort Dyke, a deep sea trench between the north-east coast of Ireland, south-west of Scotland and north from the Isle of Man, contains a staggering one million tonnes of discarded munitions: 


Fight for Ireland’s Neutrality and to Oppose EU Empire

News from the Irish Branch of the Celtic League:

The Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and the People’s Movement organised an excellent conference “The EU – Talking Peace and Preparing for War” on PESCO on Sat 17th Feb. It was held in the historic Oak room in Dublin’s Mansion House at the invitation of Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Mícheál Mac Donncha (Sinn Féin), who opened and closed the conference.

Tory Islanders Protest at Dáil on safe ferry issue

News from the Irish Branch of the Celtic League:

KPMG increasingly comes under spotlight after high-profile scandals see share of UK public sector contracts fall sharply

KPMG is a professional service company and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The name "KPMG" stands for "Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler," a name adopted when KMG (Klynveld Main Goerdeler) merged with Peat Marwick in 1987. The headquarters are in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. KPMG is involved in financial audit, tax, and advisory services. KPMG has a operations in a number of the Celtic nations.

Call for support of Gaeltacht community on Tory Island

News from An Conradh Ceilteach - Irish Branch of the Celtic League:


Protect the Community of Oileán Thoraí!

For fear of the island being abandoned, the people of Oileán Thoraí have organised a protest due to be held next week. Representatives from Toraigh will be protesting outside the Dáil in Dublin on Wednesday, the 14th of February from 10am onwards. They are asking supporters to come out and to be present for 11am.

Island Fisheries Bill stresses value of traditional fishing to small communities in Ireland

This article in Yn Commeeys Celtiagh - Celtic League Mannin highlights the continuing importance of traditional fishing to island and coastal communities in Ireland. Something that is under threat by EU Fisheries policy and the catastrophic impact and environmental damage caused by the overfishing of giant Super Trawlers:


Statue of ruthless English coloniser removed in Canada

There are monuments, statues and place names throughout the Celtic lands honouring foreign rulers and colonisers. Many of them paying homage to those who are despised by the indigenous peoples whose lands they helped colonise or those used as symbols of the colonising force. Some have been removed officially and some unofficially. One such case that comes to mind was the statue of Horatio Nelson, built in the centre of what was then Sackville Street (later renamed O'Connell Street) in Dublin, Ireland.

Illiam Dhone Commemoration 2018 - Mannin (Isle of Man)

Illiam Dhone (14 April 1608 - 02 January 1663) also known as William Christian was a Manx politician and patriot. For his part in the Manx rising of 1651 he was executed by firing squad at Hango Hill in the Isle of Man on 2nd January 1663. Every year there is a commemoration held at Hango Hill, which is an ancient place of execution and is also possibly a prehistoric burial site with an artificial mound. Its name comes from the Norse 'Hanga-Haugr' meaning Gallows Hill.

Roy Kennaugh - Sad loss of a truly great Manxman

Roy Kennaugh passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening 27th December. The response to his passing demonstrates the high regard in which he was held. As reported by Manx Radio: "The Isle of Man has lost one of its most prominent, active and energetic members of the national and cultural community." Roy Kennaugh was a key and very popular member of several organisations, including the Celtic League, Mec Vannin, Celtic Congress, Michael Heritage Trust, Michael Commissioners, and the Michael Players RBV. 

Pro-independence parties win Catalan election

Despite a suspended self-government, opposition from the media, military threats from Madrid, a candidates in exile and in prison and continued intimidation from Spain, the latest elections in Catalonia have resulted in pro-independence parties winning a majority in the Catalan parliament. The Madrid government stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and called the election after declaring an October independence referendum illegal.


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