The League was founded in 1961 by Celtic nationalists who saw the need for an inter Celtic organisation with a political dimension in order to make the peoples of the Celtic nations more aware of their commonality in terms of their language, history and culture, to further the Celtic nations’ right to independence and to promote the benefits of inter Celtic co-operation.
We have branches in the six Celtic countries of Alba (Scotland), Breizh (Brittany), Cymru (Wales), Éire (Ireland), Kernow (Cornwall), Mannin (Isle of Man), territorial branches in England, the USA and in Patagonia and an international branch.
The different branches work in cooperation with each other on various issues as appropriate; activity that is closely coordinated by the General Secretary of the League.
The Celtic League, at an organizational level, consists of the following positions as defined in the Celtic League Constitution:
Assistant General Secretary
Director of Information
Editor of CARN
Six branch Secretaries of the respective National Branches, one Branch Secretary each for the three territorial branches and one Branch Secretary for the International Branch.
General Council and Branches
The above membership positions make up the General Council of the League. Each of the Branch Secretaries are normally elected democratically at a branch level at an Annual General Meetings (AGM), with the other members of the General Council being elected at the Celtic League AGM, which is generally held in a different Celtic country every year.
Each branch of the League functions in a more or less autonomous way, but are each is expected to report on its activities to League members at the organizations AGM.