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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.

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.

Scots Gaelic Heartlands Strengthen – Jump in Funding for Gàidhlig Cultural Centre

The Stornoway Gazette is reporting that the Bòrd na Gàidhlig has announced funding for the Cnoc Soilleir project in Uist.  The Cnoc Soilleir project is a partnership between both Ceòlas Uibhist and Lews Castle College (UHI) to establish a centre for Scots Gaelic Gàidhlig music, dance and cultural heritage.

On a Second Referendum - Call for the Union of an Independent Scotland and Ireland

Based on a blog posting of Septemebr 17, 2016:

I believe a case could be made for a form of union between the republic, an independent Northern Ireland and an independent Scotland, a union which could be of benefit to the approximately 12 million people concerned. - Retired Colonel Dorcha Lee

Nova Scotia's Premiere Celtic Colours Festival Gets Funding Boost

Described as a unique celebration of Cape Breton’s living Celtic culture, the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia has announced a commitment of $375,000 C$ over the next three years to the International Celtic Colours Festival.

Cornish Language Gets Funding Boost

The 10 year Cornish Language Strategy, approved in 2013, targets the promotion of the Celtic tongue of Cornwall and sets out the broad direction for the development of the language in the next ten years.  The plan is intended to increase opportunities to use the Cornish language (Kernewek).

Bright Future for Scots Gaelic - Stunning Reversal in Celtic Tongue's Prospects

Scotland’s Bòrd na Gàidhlig has published the draft of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2017-2022 for public consultation.  The purpose of this is to lay out the policy for Gaelic in the near future. The language Plan aims to strengthen the language at both the local and national levels for the next five years. Bòrd na Gàidhlig chief executive Shona MacLennan is quoted in “Holyrood Current Affairs” as follows: “What the plan does is set out the overarching aims for ensuring that Gaelic has a secure future in Scotland.

A Declaration of Love for the Irish Language - A Treasure Beyond Measure

The Irish language is an inclusive golden thread forever weaving through the collective diversity and communal brilliance of our wonderful society’s shared historical tapestry. To experience its positive impact across one’s lifetime is a treasure beyond measure. - Jarlath Kearney

Jarlath Kearney is a Jounalist and Political Adviser.  This editorial appeared in the Irish News and can be found below in it's entirety.  Please see link to the original article.

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Celtic Resurgence in Cornwall Builds Steam - The Penzance Cornish Language Festival

The Penzance Cornish Language Festival kicks off its first year this Saturday, February 25th.  This festival is destined for great things and quite likely will become a nexus for growing resurgence of Celtic Cornwall’s reawakening.

Penzance Language Festival Strengthens the Celtic Tongue of Cornwall

A recent addition to the Transceltic index of Celtic Festivals is the Penzance Cornish Language Festival. 2017 will see the Festival's inaugural year.  

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