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Roy Kennaugh R.I.P, Ráiteas Chraobh na hÉireann den Chonradh Ceilteach

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Is le croí trom a chuala Craobh na hÉireann faoi bhás Roy Kennaugh. Is cailliúint mór é don Domhan Ceilteach. Bhí sé mar Rúnaí ar Chraobh Mhanainn den Chonradh Ceilteach agus is é a bhí i mbun eagrúcháin do Chruinniú Chinn Bliana an Chonradh Cheiltigh anuraidh i Manainn agus d’eagraigh sé go maith é.

Bhain baill Craobh na hÉireann an sult as an CCB sin agus d’eagraigh Roy turas do na hionadaithe go Creneash, áit ar fhoghlaim muid faoi thuras De Valera go hOileáin Mhanainn i 1947. Bhí sé linn ag an CCB i mBÁC i 2015 agus bhain sé taitneamh as siúlóid stairiúl 1916 a reachtáileadh ina dhiadh.

Bhí Roy linn freisin i rith Féile na Bratacha i nDún Laoghaire i 2013. Thug sé an léacht faoi bhunús bhrat Mhanainn mar chuid den sraith léachatanna faoi Bratacha na dTíortha Ceiltecaha. D’iompar sé Brat Mhanainn go mórtasach i Roinn na Náisiúin Ceilteacha i bParáid Bratacha an Domhain ag an ócáid sin.

Láidrigh Roy an nasc idir Éireann agus Mannin agus táimid buíoch dó as sin. Guímid comhbhrón do chlann Roy.

https://www.celticleague.net/…/national-movement-reflects-…/

YouTube https://youtu.be/4m6kDd4zxhY ( Bernard Moffat’s oration on Roy at Hango Hill, 2nd Jan.
Illiam Dhone Commemoration: 1://www.manx.net/tv/mt-tv/watch/84933/illiam-dhone-commemoration-1

Roy Kennaugh R.I.P, Statement of Irish Branch of the Celtic League

It was with regret that the Irish Branch heard of the death of Roy Kennaugh. His death is a great loss to the Celtic World. He was Secretary of the Manx Branch of the Celtic League and he organised the Annual General Meeting last year in the Isle of Man.

Members of the Irish Branch enjoyed that AGM and Roy had organised a trip for the delegates to Cregneash where we learned about De Valera’s trip to the Isle of Man in 1947. Roy attended the CL AGM in Dublin in 2015 and enjoyed the 1916 historical walking tour.

Roy was also with us at Féile na Bratacha (Festival of Flags) in Dún Laoghaire in 2013 where he delivered the lecture on the history of the Manx flag (as part of the section on the Flags of the Celtic Nations) and he carried it proudly in the Parade of Flags in the delegation of Celtic Nations. He particularly enjoyed the celebratory dinner that evening in Ráth Cúil.

Roy strengthened the bonds between Ireland and the Isle of Man and we are grateful for that. We express our condolences to Roy’s family.

Suaimhneas síoraí ar a anam.

Grianghraif
Roy Kennaugh ag dealbh an Conghaileach ag tús an siúlóid stairiúil 1916 i 2015

Caption
Roy Kennaugh at the Connolly statue at the start of the 1916 Historical walking tour in 2015

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National movement reflects on loss of great Manxman

Friday, December 29th, 2017

I had only written fairly recently about the centenary of the death
of Sophia Morrison and the centenary commemorative events surrounding that event in January of this year.

Pivotal to the success of those commemorations was Roy Kennaugh who himself died this week. Roy was an extremely popular figure in the whole of the National movement a feat achieved via the tremendous commitment he gave to several organisations including the Celtic League, Celtic Congress and indeed Mec Vannin.

As Secretary of the League he organised our extremely successful AGM this year which brought together delegates from the six Celtic countries.

Roy’s great strength in terms of the National organisations was however in his believe in consensus and at a time when there is a natural predilection for cultural and political groups to ‘plough a separate course’ he believed that the strength of our National organisation was ‘the sum of all its parts’ and he fostered cooperation.

Roy eschewed the confrontational and to those advancing reservations about cooperative ventures he advanced he would invariably say in a winning way ‘We may as well give it a try’.

I mentioned his role in the Morrison Commemorations at the beginning of this item and indeed he was still working on the conclusion of those projects at the time of his death – he is a great loss to many of our organisations.

We extend our condolences to Roy’s family at this difficult time. Bereavement at any time of year involves tragic personal loss but at this time of year it is especially poignant.

Image: Roy (blue sweater) at an event staged by Michael Heritage Trust in 2014. As well as National organisations Roy was active in many community groups.

Bernard Moffatt

pp Celtic League

29/12/17

 

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Dhone commemoration an essential part of the nationalist calendar

Friday, December 29th, 2017

IOM Today has this ‘taster’ for Illiam Dhone day which will have a decidedly historical focus in terms of the English oration:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm…

Events commence at 2:00pm (Jan 2nd) at Hango Hill and there is a gathering later at the George Hotel in Castletown.

Speeches given at the Hill are generally published on the day in Yn Pabyr Seyr ( the Mec Vannin freesheet). The Illiam Dhone ceremony was first held in 1963 and then revived in 1979 and has been held annually thereafter. Sometimes a focus for controversy, in depth political analysis or a statement of cultural intent it’s an essential part of the calendar for Manx Nationalists both within the mainstream movement and those of a nationalist bent who are unaligned.

Image; Speakers at last years ceremony were Mark Kermode of Mec Vannin and Chris Thomas MHK. The youthful wreath layer is the daughter of Daphne Caine MHK.

pp Celtic League

28/12/17

 

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Pan Celticist and Great Manxwoman

Friday, December 29th, 2017

January of course brings the annual commemoration for Illiam Dhone and some of the Manx meda are already picking up on this.

However the month is also the anniversary of the death of another more recent Manx heroine and stalwart of the language and culture Sophia Morrison and last year marking as it did the centenary of her death in 1917 there were a number of events held.

Morrison is perhaps most popularly remembered for her ‘Manx Fairy Tales’ a staple for many young people growing up and indeed for their children.

In the Manx Notebook for 1911 Morrison recalled how many of the tales she included were collected from oral tradition:

“Most of the stories are traditional and have been handed down by word of mouth from father to son. I owe hearty thanks to those from whose lips I have heard them -Messrs. J. R. Moore, William Cashen, Joe Moore, Ned Quayle and others. Of the four stories which have not been told to me personally-Teeval, Kitterland, The Wizard’s Palace, and Smererce-the three first have been printed in various folk-lore books, and the Manx of the last appeared in’ Yn Lioar Manninagh’ some years ago. Lastly I must thank my friend Miss Alice Williams for her kind help and valuable assistance in many ways.

SOPHIA MORRISON.”

Link:

http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/…/sm1911/preface.htm:

She was also a great supporter of the early days of the Pan Celtic movement as evidenced by this photograph of her at the 1904 Celtic Congress in Caernarvon.

Link:

https://www.imuseum.im/s…/sophia-morrison-the-first-curator/

All in all a great Manxwoman!

Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League

28/12/17

 

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Separation Versus Domination

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

‘Separatist’ is the label tagged on to Catalans, Basques, Kurds and nearer to home, the YES voters in our own Scottish Independence referendum. The British Unionists have tried to make this word ‘Separatist’ sound like a criminal action, or a disease of some sort. Meanwhile in the real world separation is a natural process, and occurs in many walks of life. We separate the wheat from the chaff, before we can make bread for example. We use the best skilled surgeons to ‘separate’ so called Siamese twins, allowing them to lead independent lives.
To be physically joined would be a living hell. When the love has gone in a marriage divorce is the only reasonable alternative, allowing both individuals to live happy independent lives. To stay married, especially if one partner is dominating the other, either mentally or physically is also a living hell. Moreover, it is not natural either.  So the process of self determination by nations, is a natural and a desirable ‘separatist’ function. We saw it in recent years, with the so called ‘velvet revolution’ a separation of the former Czechoslovakia into the two nation States of Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. Both continue to be independent and free without the other. They are now friendly neighbours.
In contrast Spain, with its imperialistic, dominating, and draconian enforcement of its one-sided and flawed Constitution no longer has what could have been a friendly neighbour in the form of Catalonia. Spain now has a smouldering resentful neighbouring nation that voted for independence. By being denied that right will for ever remain resentful and a neighbour that will have to be watched closely by the bullies of the Spanish King and his Madrid-based secret police. They know only too well, as does the Anglo/Brit MI5 that an uprising can be crushed but not an idea. That Idea is democratic freedom, within Independence verses the Bully of undemocratic Domination of a Nation by outdated Imperialism. Who will win? So far in the case of Scotland and Catalonia bullies have won a battle, but not the war, so watch this space.
Iain Ramsay

Alba Branch Secretary

27/12/17

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Ireland to step up overseas aid budget

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

“Ireland is to significantly increase spending on overseas aid as the economy recovers, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

A review of our international development aid commitments is due to be well underway by the middle of next year.

Mr Varadkar said cuts made to Ireland’s contributions towards overseas projects should be reversed.

The country has a target of 0.7pc of spending on Official Development Assistance (ODA) by 2025, but is currently at 0.3pc.

“Ireland has fallen back quite a lot, first because of the recession and secondly, more recently, because of a very fast growing economy,” Mr Varadkar said. “We had been around 0.58pc at one stage, so the time has come I think for Ireland as a country to start increasing our spending on international development again, and that will be part of our plans for Ireland’s contribution to the world, and also for our foreign policy, and we’d hope by the middle of the year to be able set out a schedule as to how that can be done in the years ahead,” he added.
Budget 2018 set aside a total allocation of €707m for ODA.
Irish Independent”

Image: ‘Project Abroad’ a Global Health initatve one of a number of programmes that complements State Aid.

Bernard Moffatt
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23/12/17

 

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Police Scotland probe attacks on wildlife

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

“SCOTLAND’S big landowners have backed an SNP MSP’s call for all sides to work together to end persecution of hen harriers.
Species champion Mairi Gougeon spoke out after Police Scotland launched a probe this week into the death of a hen harrier found with “unexplained injuries” near Dunoon in Argyll.

The Angus North and Mearns MSP urged all sides of the debate on raptor persecution to come together to find a long-term way to help the hen harrier flourish.

The death of the satellite-tagged bird, named Kathy, is one of a number of high-profile cases involving hen harrier.
Earlier this year a bird was reportedly shot in Leadhills, while satellite-tagged Calluna went missing near Braemar, Aberdeenshire, and a four-year court case over the alleged shooting of a harrier on Cabrach Estate in Moray was dismissed.

A recent survey showed a 27 per cent fall in Scotland’s hen harrier population – down to 460 pairs – since 2004. Illegal persecution of the bird is thought to be a major factor in its decline. It has been suggested some estate staff kill the birds to protect game-bird species such as grouse.

Heads Up for Harriers is an initiative from the Scottish Government’s Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime to get land managers to protect harriers.”

Full report here in THE NATIONAL:

http://www.thenational.scot/…/15790842.MSP_issues_plea_for…/

Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League

23/12/17

 

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Anger as Gaelic teacher denied visa

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

“Parents (on the Hebrides Island of Mull) have reacted with anger to a Home Office decision to reject a visa application from a Canadian to teach Gaelic at a Scottish primary school.

Sìne Halfpenny, from Nova Scotia, was the only person to apply for the vacancy at Bunessan Primary on Mull, which had been advertised since June.

She studied at the Sabhal Mór Ostaig on Skye before becoming a Gaelic teacher in her native Canada.

The Home Office said her application had “failed to meet requirements”.

Argyll and Bute Council advertised the vacancy after parents called for a Gaelic education unit at the school, which has nearly 40 pupils.

However, despite a campaign on social media and pupils making a video for YouTube to draw candidates to the island for the post, the council only received one application.

They interviewed Ms Halfpenny and offered her the job subject to visa requirements in September.

The local authority is now appealing the Home Office decision.”

Full report BBC Scotland:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-42453212

Related link:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/…/15788124.Canadian_Gaelic_t…/
Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League

23/12/17

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Ireland – Air Corps updates

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Ireland’s Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe T.D., this week signed a contract for the provision of three new fixed wing utility aircraft for the Air Corps in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel.

The new aircraft type is to be supplied is the Pilatus PC-12 NG, manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Stans, Switzerland.

The new aircraft, which will replace the five smaller Cessna FR172H aircraft purchased for the Air Corps in 1972. The new aircraft will be equipped for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) taskings, logistics support including transport of Defence Forces troops and equipment, and medical evacuation/air ambulance taskings.

The PC-12 is a large single-engine turboprop utility aircraft which will be capable of operating in these roles on a 24/7 basis in all weather conditions at home and overseas in that respect it could support UN peacekeeping duties the type is already used by the Finnish Air Force and Finnish troops are currently in shared deployment in Lebanon with Irish peacekeepers.

The purchase is part of a more general re-equipment programme for the Air Corps which will see over €400m or procurement in the next few years. Also scheduled for replacement are the Air Corps CASA Maritime Patrol aircraft a major asset for both search and rescue and policing of the major fisheries areas around the Republic.

Image: Military PC-12 this one in Finnish Air Force markings

Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League

23/12/17

 

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Pro-independence parties winning a majority in the Catalan parliament

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Despite a suspended self-government, opposition from the media, military threats from Madrid, a candidates in exile and in prison and continued intimidation from Spain, the latest elections in Catalonia have resulted in pro-independence parties winning a majority in the Catalan parliament. The Madrid government stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and called the election after declaring an October independence referendum illegal. The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had hoped the poll would defeat calls for Catalan independence, but his conservative Popular Party (PP) recorded its worst ever result in Thursday’s vote. Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is in self-imposed exile in Belgium stated: “This is a result which no one can dispute,”  and described it as “a slap” for the Spanish premier. It remains to be seen how the Spanish government will respond to this result but it is clear and the secession movement is not going to just disappear in the way that they had hoped.

Submitted by Alastair Kneale 22/12/2017

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