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Making Celtic Connections at one of Glasgow’s Biggest Festivals

 If there’s one way of shaking off those winter blues, it’s undoubtedly a visit to the hugely successful Scottish festival Celtic Connections, where musicians linked to the Manx music scene showed ticket holders just how vibrant the trad scene is

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Annual Award Presented to the Michael Players

   This year the annual Reih Bleeaney Vanannan (Manannan’s Choice of the Year), presented by Culture Vannin, has been awarded to the hard working Michael Players, who, during a period of more than sixty years have brought their unique presentation

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Local Song Chosen for Pan-Celtic Festival Competition

 This year’s Arrane son Mannin (Song for Mann) competition took place at the Masonic Hall in Peel, where supporters gathered to hear a number of entries, from which just one would be chosen to represent the Isle of Man at

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Commemoration Events for Sophia Morrison

   The centenary of the death of Manx cultural champion, Sophia Morrison, was commemorated with a number of events organised by Roy Kennaugh, including local organisations Mec Vannin, the Celtic League, Yn Ҫheshaght Ghailckagh (Manx Language Society) and the local

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Remembering Sophia Morrison

With the approaching centenary of the death of Manx pioneer Sophia Morrison, it’s a good time to evaluate her achievements and review her remarkable legacy. Born in Peel during 1859, Sophia had many siblings and was the daughter of well-respected,

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CUSTOMS AND SUPERSTITIONS CONNECTED WITH THE SEASONS.

n the Isle of Man, as elsewhere, many customs and superstitions, as well as much weather-lore, have attached themselves to the different seasons of the year. Both the Celts and Norsemen, before the introduction of Christianity, held high festival at

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Islanders Gather for Annual Illiam Dhone Commemoration

An extensive crowd gathered at Hango Hill, situated between Castletown and Derbyhaven, for the annual ceremony commemorating the execution of William Christian (Illiam Dhone) on the 2nd January, 1662 (or 1663) for his part in the Manx rising of 1651

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Mollag Ghennal Hits the Right Note in Peel!

The long-running Mollag Ghennal has been a favourite crowd puller at a variety of venues, but this year the annual event was held in the Masonic Hall in Peel, retaining its winning formula of providing some of the best acts

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Island Celebrates St Stephen’s Day

Although other cultural pursuits may have lapsed, the annual procession of dancers, singers and musicians gathered for the traditional Hunt the Wren, travelling through the streets and lanes of some of the main towns and villages of the Island. In

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Native Speakers of Manx Gaelic recalled by Brian Stowell

Meeting the native speakers. A series of videos produced by the Isle of Man newspapers. Listen in Manx and English.

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