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The Celtic League has six national branches in the Celtic countries of Alba (Scotland), Breizh (Brittany), Cymru (Wales), Éire (Ireland), Kernow (Cornwall), and Mannin (Isle of Man). In addition, we have territorial branches in Patagonia in Argentina, Nova Scotia, Canada, and a worldwide international branch.

Membership of the Celtic League is open to all those who agree with these aims, whether born or living in a Celtic country (regardless of race, religion, etc.), descended from families of Celtic origin, or simply supportive of these aims. Membership is not open to those who do not agree with these aims, or who are members of, or are associated with, organisations or groups whose aims substantially contradict those of the League. In view of the expressed belief in nationality outlined above, this also applied to any individual or group which embraces any theory of racial superiority or exclusiveness.

The Celtic League has six national branches in the Celtic countries of Alba (Scotland), Breizh (Brittany), Cymru (Wales), Eire (Ireland), Kernow (Cornwall), and Mannin (Isle of Man). In addition, we branch in the United States of America, and two territorial branches in Patagonia in Argentina and Nova Scotia/ Canada. By joining any one of the branches of the League, you automatically become a member of the organisation. Any branch of the League can be joined, but we would recommend that you join the branch in the country you are based and only one branch of the League may be joined at a time. If you live in a country that does not have a branch, then we would recommend that you join the International branch. Contact addresses for each of the Branch Secretaries can be found here. Alternatively, you can write to the General Secretary gensec@celticleague.net for further advice.

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The best way to get involved with the activities of the League is to join a branch, inform the Branch Secretary that you want to be actively involved in branch activities, and attend branch meetings.

Carn is a high-quality hard copy magazine produced by the Celtic League. Established in 1973, Carn magazine is the longest running publication of its type in the world and is the only magazine that always publishes material in all the Celtic languages. The magazine contains six national sections plus a general Celtica section. The magazine is published three times a year and has articles mainly in English, but each of the national sections contains articles in the national language. Click here for more information.

Yes. Organisations or individuals may subscribe to the Celtic League quarterly Carn without becoming members. In the interest of the organisation, we reserve the right to decline any application for membership without formal explanation.

The Celtic League has six national branches in the Celtic countries of Alba (Scotland), Breizh (Brittany), Cymru (Wales), Eire (Ireland), Kernow (Cornwall), and Mannin (Isle of Man). In addition, we have territorial branches in Patagonia in Argentina, and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Yes, this could be possible. An ‘international’ branch of the League may be formed if:

  1. a minimum number of fifteen members outside the Celtic countries, originating from at least two Celtic countries, choose to cooperate to form a group to further the aims of the League
  2. the prospective branch is approved by the General Council of the League and is ratified by the League’s AGM

In the mid-1980s the League decided on a linguistic criterion for national membership of the League, based on a definition of what it is to be ‘Celtic’. This definition argues that an area is Celtic if a Celtic language was spoken as a historical community language, within living memory. This definition was and still is in line with the accepted position of Celtic scholars and the Pan Celtic movement. This means that Galicia cannot have a national branch of the League, because the modern historic language of Galicia is Galego – a Romance language – and has been for many centuries. An international branch of the League could of course be set up in Galicia, in line with the rules set out in the Constitution of the League.

Celtic League campaigns can be decided upon at branch level and also at the AGM through the unanimous agreement of resolutions proposed by the League’s officers or branch representatives. The General Council of the League can also approve motions that instigate a particular campaign. Campaigns can be started at the discretion of the League’s General Council Officers, provided that they fit in with the aims of the organisation, as set out in the Constitution. However, the resolutions passed at the League’s AGM form the bulk of the League’s work.

Any of the Celtic League Branch Secretaries and Officers can be contacted by clicking here.