Celts around the world

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Introduction

Large scale emigration from the Celtic nations has been going on for at least five hundred years. Driven by necessity - unemployment and even famine at home - or by economic opportunity abroad, Celts moved overseas in enormous numbers to start new lives. 

There are more than 120 million people of Celtic descent in North and South America, Australasia, Africa and Europe. The largest single group is from Ireland, followed by Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. The United States was the primary destination for migrating Celts, and so is the home of the majority of those with Celtic ancestry today. 

Celtic culture remains vibrant in these diaspora countries, reflected in the gigantic St Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston and in festivals of Celtic music and dance in Canada, the US and Australia. From the hundreds of Highland Games festivals to Welsh Eisteddfods in the remote Argentine province of Patagonia, people strive to keep their Celtic heritage alive and pass it on to the next generations. 

Here we will document and celebrate Celts around the world, highlighting the organisations and events keeping the flame of the ‘old countries’ burning brightly in their new homes.  

Kernow

Cornwall

Cornish Societies & Associations

Éire

Ireland

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Alba

Scotland

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Cymru

Wales

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