Celtic League at Bratacha Flag Festival

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The Celtic League took part in an international festival last week, which included a parade through the streets of Dublin.

The Brachata Festival of Flags was held in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin between 9th and 11th May in celebration of flags from around the world. The Celtic League was invited to put together a presentation of the flags from the six different Celtic nations of Alba/Scotland, Breizh/Brittany, Cymru/Wales, Éire/Ireland, Kernow/Cornwall and Mannin/Isle of Man and to take part in a flag parade.

The presentation of the Celtic flags was held in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Hall in front of a public audience with representatives from the Celtic countries giving a lecture in turn about the flags of their nations and was chaired by Convenor of the Celtic League, Cathal Ó Luain. The title of the overall presentation was ‘Flags of the Celtic Nations – Myth, Ancient Identity or Dissent’ and the presenters were:

Alba/Scotland: Iain Ramsay (conveyor 1820 Society)
Breizh/Brittany: Bertrand Hugo (BreizhÉire/Brittany/Ireland Association)
Cymru/Wales: Rhisiart Tal-e-Bot (General Secretary, Celtic League)
Éire/Ireland: Pàdraig Ó Snodaigh (former Keeper, National Museum of Ireland)
Kernow/Cornwall: Rhisiart Tal-e-Bot (Celtic League)
Mannin/Isle of Man: Roy Kennaugh (Celtic League)

Titles of other presentations at the festival included ‘The Plough and the Stars – the flag of the Irish citizen army’, ‘Franco-Irish Connections’ and ‘Tricolour: Flag of European Revolution’. In addition to the lectures and seminars that were given throughout the course of the three days there was an exhibition of flags at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland and a parade of flags through the town. The exhibition featured historic flags, National flags and Maritime flags, including a section for the flags of the Celtic nations.

The parade marched through the town centre and along the sea front of Dún Laoghaire, where approximately 600 – 700 people marched with flags of the world. The parade was led by a colour party of the Irish armed services and their bands, which were followed closely by the flags of the Celtic nations, as well as all the flags of the EU and many of the flags of the world, which were led in turn by the Celtic League banner. In the evening of the Friday night a concert was held by The Bonney Men, at the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire, which was titled ‘The Fighting Irish’. The concert traced the music, songs and history of Irish wars and battles through the narration of Myles Dungan.

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General Secretary, Celtic League:

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ISSUED BY THE CELTIC LEAGUE INFORMATION SERVICE.

17th May 2013

The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues

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