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Belfast to host a celebration of the Irish harp

In September, the Linen Hall Library will host a unique event to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Irish Harp Society of Belfast. The Library, in the city’s Donegal Square, is renowned for its unparalleled Irish and Local Studies Collection and includes plenty of material related to Ireland’s national instrument.

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Nessie!

Could we be about to find out what really lurks in Loch Ness?

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Can you crack the secrets of Brittany’s prehistoric standing stones?

Brittany

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Cornwall’s Saint Piran pro cycling team steps up to the national stage

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Interviews

Julie Fowlis

Julie Fowlis is a multi-award winning Gaelic singer who is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. With a career spanning five studio albums and numerous high profile collaborations, her ‘crystalline’ and ‘intoxicating’ vocals have enchanted audiences around the world.

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Gary Innes - Manran

Acclaimed box player Gary Innes is one of the undisputed stars of the Celtic music scene, regularly travelling the globe as a solo artist and with his group Mànran, whose vibrant take on traditional music got a Gaelic language single into the Top 40 in the UK for the very first time this century. It’s a long way away from throwing rotten fish away for the day job!

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Jamie Smith - Mabon

Your music’s been described as ‘happy music’. What makes you happy?
Nothing. I pour all my happiness into the music, holding back not a drop of joy for myself. 

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News from the Celtic Nations

Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Wales, find out what is happening in Celtic culture in each of the regions.

Long-lost Lewis chessman could sell for £1 million at auction

A small, un-prepossessing figure carved out of walrus tusk that was tucked away in a drawer for many years, has been identified as one of the missing Lewis chess pieces.

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Cornwall triumph in County Championship with a last gasp winner!

A thrilling contest at the home of English rugby in Twickenham saw Cornwall stage a dramatic last-minute comeback to claim the top prize in English county rugby. 

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Dervish take their new album on the road – with some very special friends

Back in April, iconic Irish folk group Dervish released their first studio album for more than a decade. The Great Irish Songbook received rave reviews, with The Irish Edition‘s Jamie O’Brien calling Dervish “one of the best bands in any genre to ever come out of Ireland” and proclaiming the new album their “best so far.”

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See the Isle of Man - at 200mph! It's TT time

You don’t have to be mad to take part in the Isle of Man TT Races, but it probably helps. For more than 100 years, two-wheeled petrol heads have descended on the island to race around its 37-mile course at speeds that seem to defy the laws of physics. And this year’s adrenalin festival kicks off on 25th May.

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Love whisky, music and dancing? Get yourself over to Islay!

The Scottish Hebrides are getting ready for one of their biggest events of the year - the Islay Festival of Music and Malt. Kicking off on 24th May and running through to 1st June, the festival is now in its 30th year, so clearly the organisers are doing something right!

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Government announces new measures to boost Irish language

The government, has announced the establishment of a new €250,000 fund to enable Irish language students to spend three months living with families in the Gaeltacht, the predominantly Irish speaking areas in the west of the country.

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Welsh National Eisteddfod honours revealed

It’s not often you see rugby players, a royal harpist and a comedian on the same bill, but they are among some of the luminaries who will be honoured by the Gorsedd of Bards at Wales’ primary cultural celebration.

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Performers announced for the Isle of Man’s Celtic Gathering - Yn Chruinnaght festival

With the Isle of Man’s largest Celtic festival just over two months away, the organisers have revealed who will be performing at the week-long event that kicks off on July 15th.

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From James Bond to Harry Potter - Scotland in the Movies

Like films? Love Scotland? You’re in luck! Visit Scotland’s book Set in Scotland – A Film Fan’s Odyssey will tell you all about the more than 100 movies made in the country that was named by USA Today as the world’s Best Cinematic Destination.

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International News

New Scottish cultural centre proposed

Plans to create a Scottish Cultural Centre on Vancouver Island, Victoria, are underway following the Highland Games Association acquisition of the historic
Craigflower Manor.

Once completed, the new centre will open for public tours, arts events, educational classes and interpretation activities to foster Scottish and Celtic culture.

Fundraising has begun and construction is
set to commence in 2018.

Surge in Celtic knot tattoos

Americans of Celtic descent are celebrating their ancestry more and more through body art, particularly tattoos.

Tattoo artists at a recent tattoo convention declared that demand for Celtic knots and other centuries-old traditional Celtic artwork was making a huge comeback.

The thousand-year-old image of the Celtic Knot, characterised by thick
interlocking lines that looks like rope, has quickly become the most common tattoo for Irish-Americans.

One tattoo artist claimed he was tattooing 40 people a week with Celtic artwork. Celtic tattoos first gained popularity on the west coast of the USA in the 1970s, but soon fell out of fashion until recent times.

Kernewek Lowender

Planning for the next Kernewek Lowender, arguably the world’s largest Cornish festival is well underway.

This unique major cultural festival for South Australia has been held biennially in the three Copper Coast towns of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina since 1973.

The festival routinely attracts more than 40,000 people who gather to celebrate the region’s significant Cornish heritage.

With a new focus and drive to reignite the flame for the festival, the committee is replanning and refreshing the festival.

Organisers claim that the secret of longevity for the festival is its unique authentic program of fun and feasting.

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