Introducing The Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ManxSPCA)

Stubbin – a large Manx cat with no tail, very overweight

The ManxSPCA is the Isle of Man’s only all animal rescue centre. It does not receive government funding even though, at more than 120 years old, it is viewed by many as a Manx National Treasure.

The Society works hard to advise and educate the community about animal welfare, but sadly it deals with an ever-increasing number of abuse and neglect cases. Every year it deals with more than 8,000 calls from the community asking for help. These calls range from reporting abandoned or unwanted pets, through to expressing concerns about the welfare of wild animals such as garden birds, hedgehogs and seals.

Snowy the Westhighland Terrier – his owner was prosecuted for animal cruelty

The Society rehomes hundreds of dogs, cats and ‘small furries’ every year, and its Kennels, Cattery and Small Animals Unit are always full, with a constant turnover and demand for space. The Aviary is quieter in the winter months, but comes alive with a wide variety of birds during the summer. All the animals are given high quality veterinary care, and many benefit from enrichment and behaviour programmes.

The Society provides a vital service to the Island’s community and its environment. You can find out more by visiting its website; and to see what’s happening day-to-day please go to its Facebook page (listed as ‘ManxSPCA’). Set in the middle of the beautiful Manx countryside, it’s also a great place to visit.

Loaghtan Sheep – very underweight when they first came to us

Click on this link to register for the 2018 Convention in Victoria, BC

NAMA Convention Registration Form 11-30-17  (Word File) THIS BLUE LINK WILL OPEN THE REGISTRATION FORM – JUST PRINT IT OFF AND COMPLETE ONE PER DELEGATE. MAKE YOUR  CHECKS FOR REGISTRATION OUT  to North American Manx Association.”  Or click here for PDF. NAMA Convention Registration Form 11-30-17

The official hotel of the 2018 convention is the Hotel Grand Pacific. Convention dates run Evening Thursday, June 21st – Evening Saturday, June 23rd.

Convention Itinerary

Thursday June 21, 2018

12:00         Board Meeting

18:30         General Meeting and Buffet Dinner


Friday June 22, 2018

9:45            Orca Spirit Whale Watching, Adventure in Zodiac (if registered)

10:00         Orca Spirit Whale Watching, Sight-seeing larger vessel (if registered)

13:30         Tea at the Fairmont Empress (if registered)

20:00         Evening snack in conversation in 1st Vice President’s suite

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Island Represented at Cornish Festival

With the popular Cornish festival Lowender Peran on schedule for early November, Manx participants will soon be packing their musical instruments and dancing shoes for this annual extravaganza, but this year’s invited group could prove to be a bit of a red herring.

Lowender Peran is a long established event set up to encourage recognition of both Cornwall’s heritage and links with their fellow Celts in a relaxed and informal setting, which has proved highly successful. The Cornish people have a proud history of a distinctive, expressive identity, recognising and valuing not only their own roots and personality, but those of others. Although largely known for perennial favourites such as the ubiquitous pasty, the eye-catching stargazy pie and, of course, the area’s stunning scenery, many Cornish people acknowledge that in order for Cornwall to survive as a distinct entity, each generation needs to show those up-and-coming that culture too has a presence within that list.

It’s a banner which has been picked up with gusto over the years, leading to the all encompassing Lowender Peran, which this year will be moving to a new destination at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay – set on the majestic cliff top and enjoying wonderful views of Tolcarne Beach.

The Isle of Man enjoys a long standing friendship with the Cornish crowd, which continues this year with one of the newest local groups Skeddan Jiarg (Manx Gaelic: Red Herring). Established in 2014, it’s a healthy cross-section of young adults and their children who have come together in the west of the Island to practice and display Manx dancing both at home and abroad. Distinctive and vibrant at every opportunity, you’ll find them tackling a combination of both traditional and newly created dances from as young as three years old!

Valerie Caine

© November 2017

(Courtesy of Manx Tails)

Isle of Man from the Air – Drone documentary

A teaser from Duke Video.

COMING 2018 – THE ISLE OF MAN FROM THE AIR One of our most popular films for many years, and highly acclaimed, the original IOM From The Air set a new standard for quality and depth of interest in aerial documentaries when we made it in 1999. Now we have a fleet of high tech drones and 4K cameras to make a new film that will take the viewer to places never seen before and add an entirely new and fascinating perspective to our knowledge of the ‘Jewel of the Irish Sea’. Shot in high definition 4k quality and filmed over a 12 month period, our team have captured a host of the Isle of Man’s most intriguing locations via a drone. From the rugged, sea beaten cliffs of the south to the wide and rich north there’s so much of the Isle of Man that is seen best from above. We’ll take you on a journey to the heart of the island for Tynwald Day, the south and the famous Stevenson lighthouses, Groudle Glen and the pretty Victorian miniature railway and many more wonderful locations! ‘Isle of Man from the Air’ is available to pre-order soon on Blu Ray, Download and DVD at

Come and see Barrule on the East Coast!

The Washington D.C. Manx society is planning an outing to Maryland on October 21st to see this talented and exciting trio. As well as attending this concert, they’re also going to go out and row a Viking Longship with the Longship Company ( Check out the Washington Manx page by clicking the Tab above for more details.

Upcoming Gigs

Manx Performers Fly the Flag at Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival

Recognised as one of Europe’s largest festivals, the Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival will be celebrating the Year of Scotland this month, with the prospect of more than seven hundred and fifty thousand visitors attending an extensive programme of events.

Some of those singers and musicians will be representing the Isle of Man, which has a number of both historical and cultural links with Scotland.

Although the ten day festival programme will showcase a whole variety of Scottish themes, it won’t all be about kilts, bagpipes, whisky and haggis, but there will be an opportunity to enjoy a selection of traditional fare and discover more about Scottish culture through the medium of exhibitions, lectures and film.

There’ll be a range of Manx performers flying the flag for the Isle of Man, including a number of up and coming singers and musicians who are continuing to garner global recognition for their talent and expertise.

New band on the block, Birlinn Jiarg, was invited back to feature in the official programme after being spotted at the Manx Pavilion last year. Their music is set apart by the unusual combination of low whistle and clarinet, but has now grown to include guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán and concertina.

Also representing the Isle of Man will be newly formed Manx duo Annym made up of talented local performers Isla Callister and Cairistìona Dougherty, who have recently relocated to Glasgow to further their studies. They will be joined by Scottish harpist Rachel Hair and a small number of Manx dancers who will perform at various venues, with a Manx dance workshop at the Salle Carnot.


Additionally, members of Rushen Silver Band will be returning to the festival after their highly successful Lorient debut in 2015. They will have a prominent position in the Grand Parade, but will also feature in the televised Nuit Interceltique evenings. Members of the band are also working in collaboration with a Scottish Pipe Band and a Welsh male voice choir, culminating in a joint presentation of Conquest of Paradise at the finale.

There’ll also be the ever popular Manx Pavilion, organised again this year by Peter Young and supported by Culture Vannin and the Isle of Man Arts Council, with daily entertainment from a range of Manx artistes.

Since its inception, the Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival has encouraged both art and sport, as well as the more traditionally perceived elements. Selected highlights of the event include the Bagadoù National Championships, a series of Inter-Celtic Nights and the Grand Parade of the Celtic Nations, including some three thousand five hundred performers wending their way through the streets of Lorient. New for this year is the Inter-Celtic Seas Week (showcasing producers of the Celtic seas) and the Friendship Maritime Parade.

Valerie Caine

© August 2017

(Courtesy of Manx Tails)

All the Fun’s in Peel this Weekend………………………!

     All roads lead to Peel during the first weekend of August, when the popular fishing port comes alive to the sights and sounds of the town’s annual carnival and welcomes a number of vessels to the long standing Traditional Boat Weekend.

Now in its sixty fifth year, Peel Carnival (Sunday 6th August) is recognised as the oldest, continuous carnival on the Island, and organisers invite people of all ages to head west for the festivities, or participate in the parade.

Billed as a great day’s entertainment for all the family, there’ll be plenty of sideshow attractions, stalls and spontaneity to enjoy throughout the day – with some popular favourites returning to the Island especially for the event and a selection of new entertainers to whet the appetites of visitors and locals alike. And there’s a sandcastle competition for those talented creative youngsters.

The highlight, of course, is the Grand Parade, beginning outside the House of Manannan at 2.00pm, wending its way along East Quay, Weatherglass Corner (aka Spit Corner) and Shore Road before terminating at the Creg Malin car park, where there’ll be an opportunity to sample refreshments and enjoy the Mardi Gra atmosphere.

Carnival programmes will be available throughout the town, and if you’ve got time, why not take part in any of the nine categories of the parade – with more than £1,000 of prize money up for grabs!

Meanwhile, boats will start arriving for the annual Peel Traditional Boat Weekend on the 4th of August, giving visitors an opportunity to see them berthed around the quayside, or out in the bay for the delightful Parades of Sail. You can also place your vote for the ‘best boat’ to win the Henry Kelly Trophy at the Sailors’ Shelter on East Quay, where you’ll also find a selection of special merchandise on sale.

Look out too for the St German’s Handbell Ringers on both days and a Vintage Car Rally next to the Transport Museum on Sunday.

One of the highlights of the Peel Traditional Boat Weekend is Saturday’s Quick and Dirty Boat Building competition, culminating in a race across the harbour at 2.30pm.

Further details about both events available on their Facebook pages.

Valerie Caine

© August 2017

(Courtesy of Manx Tails)

Celtfest Isle of Man – A Fresh New Look for a Familiar Festival

   In an effort to introduce Manx and Celtic culture to a wider audience, the much-loved Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival has been given a make-over, but still remains largely based in Peel.

With the committee members of Yn Chruinnaght as the organising force behind Celtfest Isle of Man, a fine selection of Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland entertained packed houses at the Centenary Centre. A choice mix of both visiting and local singers and musicians, the week’s activities got off to a great start with the festival’s opening talk on The Celts by Professor Alice Roberts – a sell-out long before the event!

A busy outreach programme included concerts for eight hundred local schoolchildren.

But there was plenty of entertainment in the daytime too, including a new free, family day called The Gathering. Held at Cathedral Isle of Man (aka St German’s Cathedral), it was a great opportunity to relax and enjoy music and dance, an artisan craft fair and local food and drink, alongside mini workshops and children-friendly activities. There was also a selection of local and visiting performers, yarn-spinner and puppeteer Fi Angwin and a whole host of innovative entertainment.

Organisers of Celtfest Isle of Man were supported by Culture Vannin, the Isle of Man Arts Council, Thornton Chartered Financial Planners, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Conister Bank, Shoprite and the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Charitable Trust.

Valerie Caine

© July 2017

(Courtesy of the North Western Chronicle)

Ned Maddrell Lecture Highlights Work of the Turas Mission in East Belfast

Linda Ervine – Irish Language Development Officer for East Belfast Mission.
Picture Declan Roughan 26 March 2013.

Each year a guest speaker is invited to deliver a talk on either language, culture or identity under the banner of the Ned Maddrell Lecture, organised jointly by Culture Vannin and Yn Ҫheshaght Ghailckagh (The Manx Language Society) and will this year welcome Linda Ervine from the Turas Mission in East Belfast.

Ms Ervine will discuss her personal journey with the Irish language, as well as revealing more about the work of the Turas Mission as it strives to connect those from Protestant communities with their history using the Irish language.

The Manx Language Development Officer for Culture Vannin, Adrian Cain, commented, “This year’s lecture promises to be an inspiring and exciting look at the valuable work that Linda and Turas carry out in Northern Ireland. Linda is a fantastic speaker and this will be an event not to be missed.”

Both Ms Ervine and her colleagues will be staying on the island for several days, when it is hoped that a strong working relationship can be formed between the Turas Mission and Culture Vannin; with the aim of supporting the ongoing work of both organisations as they reach out to their respective communities.

The annual Ned Maddrell Lecture will be held at 2.00pm on the 22nd July at the Tynwald Mills Conference Centre in St John’s. It’s a free event and open to all, but advance booking is required.

For more information about the event, or to book a place for the talk, please contact Adrian Cain at, or by phoning 01624 694753/07624 451098.

Valerie Caine

© July 2017

Celtfest Isle of Man – A Fresh New Look for a Familiar Festival!

There’s a fresh new look for a familiar festival later this month as the much cherished Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival steps forward with a resplendent new make-over, in an effort to introduce Manx and Celtic culture to a wider audience.

With Yn Chruinnaght as the organising force behind the festival, Celtfest Isle of Man will focus this year on a fine selection of upbeat Celtic music, showcasing some of the finest bands and solo artists from Ireland and Scotland – with a number of concerts to suit all tastes at the Centenary Centre in Peel.

Professor Alice Roberts

Talisk (winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award) will include Mohsen Amini (2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year) who made a memorable impression on a local audience with the phenomenal Manx debut of Ímar.

Meanwhile Armagh born singer and flautist Rioghnach Connolly, who has been a previous guest of the Centenary Centre and the Isle of Man Blues Festival, will also be making a return visit to the Island. She’s well known for fronting the foot stomping Honeyfeet as well as a regular guest of the revolutionary Afro Celt Sound System.

Connla, reported to be the latest hottest group out of Ireland, will also be setting their sights on the annual Manx festival, with their driving tunes and stunning songs, as will Hamish Napier with his soundtrack celebrating the Spey entitled The River, featuring a mesmerising who’s who of Scottish music.


But there’s plenty of entertainment in the daytime too, which includes a new free, family day called The Gathering. To be held at Cathedral Isle of Man, it’s a great opportunity to relax and enjoy music and dance, an artisan craft fair and local food and drink, alongside mini workshops and children-friendly activities. Look out for a selection of Manx performers, Celtic harpist Rachel Hair, yarn-spinner and puppeteer Fi Angwin, and a whole host of innovative entertainment.

Celtfest Isle of Man organisers have also teamed up with Noa Bakehouse to bring music lovers a week of free lunchtime sessions and mini-gigs, featuring talented local singer/songwriters and musicians.

A busy outreach programme will include concerts featuring both visiting and Manx acts for eight hundred school children.

Although online tickets are now sold out for the festival’s opening talk on The Celts by Professor Alice Roberts, other tickets for evening events are still available.

Organisers of Celtfest Isle of Man are grateful for the support of Culture Vannin, the Isle of Man Arts Council, Thornton Chartered Financial Planners, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Conister Bank, Shoprite and the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Charitable Trust.

Tickets available from with further details about the festival available from Facebook, Twitter, the website, or by phoning 302200.

Valerie Caine

© July 2017

(Courtesy of Manx Tails)