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 (in the mining industry, for example) the Celts moved overseas to start new lives in enormous numbers.
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 biggest single destination for migrating Celts, and hence the home of the majority of those with Celtic ancestry today, was the United States.
Celtic culture remains vibrant in these diaspora countries, from the gigantic St Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston to festivals of Celtic music in Canada, the US and Australia. From the hundreds of Highland Games festivals and even to the 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 the Celts around the world, highlighting the organisations and events keeping the flame of the ‘old countries’ burning brightly in their new homes.