Celtic Culture & heritage

Yn Chruinnaght 2012 - Celtic festival

Watch highlights of this year's Yn Chriunnnaght - the eight day Celtic festival on Isle of Man. Artists came from all the Celtic nations and beyond, including such internationally renowned artists as Rua Macmillan from Scotland and Forzh Penaos from Brittany. Performances were held at venues across the island, both inside and out.

Tynwald Day 2012

Transceltic.com's Alastair Kneale reports from Tynwald Day 2012 with a series of short videos. We hope they give you a flavour of some of the Tynwald Day festivities. This is our first attempt at making videos for the site. We hope you enjoy watching! All the videos are also available on our new YouTube Channel "transceltic", to which you can subscribe.

Review of War Horse

The release of Steven Spielberg's film 'War Horse', based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo of the same name has met with worldwide acclaim. This follows the stunning theatre success in London and Broadway where it won five Tony's. War Horse has been nominated for Best Picture in the 2012 Academy Awards.

The First World War is the setting for this story of loyalty between a young conscript and his horse. It brings to mind the importance of remembering the men and women who have fought and died in war, but also the brave and vital efforts of the animals that served alongside them. In the First World War, while ten million men perished, the death rate amongst warhorses was proportionately higher with some eight million killed on all sides. Countless mules and donkeys also perished. Only sixty thousand of the one million horses sent from Britain to France returned. Many suffered horrific deaths from wounds, thirst, starvation, disease, exposure and exhaustion. All participants in the War used animals, including Cavalry Units from Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America.

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