Yn Commeeys Celtiagh


Mannin (the Isle of Man) claims over 1000 years of self government but the history shows that the independence has been barely visible at times. The post war governments have concentrated on creating an English tax anomaly based on English / British immigration with the result that the native Manx are severely minoritised both numerically and economically.

Although the last native speaker died in 1974 the Manx language never actually died out as a new generation learned from the last native speakers. Manx is more visible now with bilingual street names and signage on government vehicles. Manx is available on an optional basis at primary level and there are five nursery groups and a Manx medium primary school. The language can be studied at second level and a third level degree course can be undertaken. For the first time in many years some children are growing up speaking the language