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Cailleach the great Gaelic Goddess of Winter

In Gaelic mythology (Irish, Scottish and Manx) Cailleach is a creation goddess. She is commonly known as the Cailleach Bhéara and in Scotland also as Beira, Queen of Winter.  In partnership with the goddess Brìghde, they rule the seasons. Cailleach governs the winter months between Samhainn (1 November ) and Bealltainn (1 May), while Brìghde rules the summer months between Bealltainn and Samhainn. It is said that Cailleach carries a staff that freezes the ground.

Oireachtas Committee Issues Proposal to Strengthen Irish Medium Education

There is some good news for Gaelic for a change.

The Joint Committee on the Irish Language of the Oireachtas (Irish Republic Legislature) have called on the Minister of Education to give equal status to Gaelic in the procurement and distribution of school text books at all grade levels and in all subjects. If implemented this change will equalize funding for Irish and English. The result will be Gaelic language text books in all subjects available to all students.

Painting at Welsh castle found to be lost Murillo masterpiece

A painting at Penrhyn Castle, Llandygai, Bangor, in North Wales has been found to be a lost masterpiece by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo (December 1617 – April 3, 1682). The painting is of Spanish writer Don Ortiz de Zuniga (1636 -  September 3, 1680 ) and has hung in the Welsh castle for 150 years. It was long thought to be a copy but has been verified by Spanish art scholar Benito Navarrete as an original work after he visited north Wales earlier this year.

Despite objections, Westminster Government refuses to stop English Heritage quango/charity publicly funded £4 million 'bridge' at Tintagel Castle

Despite objections, Westminster Government refuses to stop English Heritage quango/charity publicly funded £4 million 'bridge' at Tintagel Castle

Conservative Cornwall Councillor Barry Jordan backs the plan stating: "When I was standing in the main hall I was feeling like I was where King Arthur was standing. I think everybody should be able to have that feeling."

The shifting sands of Ireland's Achill Island

Its been a good year for the reappearance of beaches on Achill Island (Irish: Acaill, Oileán Acla). It is an island off the coast of County Mayo (Irish: Contae Mhaigh Eo) in the West of Ireland. Earlier this year, after an absence of 33 years, sand returned to a beach near Dooagh. The sand had been washed away during storms in 1984, and then this year high tides deposited the sand back. 

Famous inter-Celtic sailing race CeltiKup comes to the Nautic Paris Boat Show

CeltiKup will come to the Nautic Paris Boat Show on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Information about the CeltiKup will be presented by Le Centre Nautique du Pays de  Lorient (CNPLorient). The Nautic Paris Boat Show is held annually in December. It brings together all sectors of the watersports industry and will be held from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 December 2017. 

Gerry Adams announces he is to step down as Sinn Féin president in 2018

Gerry Adams announced at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (annual conference) this weekend that he is stepping down as president of Sinn Féin in 2018 and also confirmed that he will not seek re-election to the Irish parliament, the Dáil, in the next general election.  Gerry Adams has been the president of the Irish political party Sinn Féin since 1983. From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Member of Parliament (MP) for the Belfast West constituency of the British parliament.

News on coming events in Dublin from BreizhEire

News from BreizhEire:

Demat d'an holl/ bonsoir à tous / dia dhaoibh uilig / Hi everybody

Archaeologists uncover hidden 12th Century castle in Ireland

Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and garden in County Down (Irish: Contae an Dúin) in the north-east of Ireland, which is now owned by the National Trust. Archaeologists have recently discovered a hidden 12th Century motte-and-bailey castle on the estate, which is situated on the Ards Peninsula (Irish: Leithinis na hArda).  There was considerable Norman intervention in this area in the 12th century resulting in the  building of a number of castles and priories. 

Scotland's Loch Ness Monster has a busy year

In 2017 the Loch Ness Monster has had more official sightings than any other year this century. The most recent sighting was on 2 November 2017. Dr Jo Knight from Lancaster University and her nine-year-old son photographed  what appears to be a fin or similar at 11.25 am from a cruise boat on a visit to the Loch.

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