Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year’s Honours

FOUR people from the Isle of Man have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours.
They are retiring chief constable, Mike Langdon, who gets an OBE; Olympic gold medal cyclist Peter Kennaugh, who is given an MBE; motorcycle racing welfare worker Wyn Evans, who also gets and MBE; and Hector Duff, a Second World War veteran and former police officer, who has tirelessly worked to give schoolchildren an insight into the history of the war, receives the British Empire Medal.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Bannaghtyn y Nollick

(Pibbin Vanninagh)

Da- Kelly as Clein
Nollick Ghennal as Blein Vie Noa
Lesh yeearreeyn share
Veih-Alastair and all at

Thursday, December 20, 2012

iMuseum is now available online!

iMuseum Online: FREE Trial

Manx National Heritage is pleased to confirm that iMuseum is now available online!

Join us in discovering stories from generations of Manx families, objects and places in your exclusive FREE trial, which provides access to the Manx National Heritage archives and collections from the comfort of your home, workplace or whilst on the move.

Activate your FREE trial by following these simple steps:  
  1. Go to and click "Join In".  Alternatively, the first time you use “Newspapers and Publications” you will be prompted to register or subscribe when clicking on an article.
  2. You will be directed through to Isle of Man Government Online Services.
  3. Follow the steps on screen, using your email address to register. 
  4. Keep a note of your username and password – this is personal to you.  If you forget your logon details, click “problems logging in” and follow the guidance provided.    
  5. You will need to follow the process for buying a subscription, selecting a “7 Day Pass”
  6. Enter your promotion code: 4BRQ554F
  7. Your code provides FREE access to iMuseum and your checkout value should be nil.
Please register before 31st December 2012, after which your code will expire.

Manx National Heritage welcome any feedback by emailing

We do hope that you enjoy using iMuseum.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Manx descendent becomes President of National Press Club

Angela Greiling Keane of Bloomberg News elected Club president

December 17, 2012 | By Joel Whitaker |
The 2013 Club Board of Governors
The 2013 Club Board of Governors
Angela Greiling Keane, a reporter for Bloomberg News and current vice president, was elected the 106th president of the National Press Club. She will succeed Theresa Werner, a freelance journalist.
Her ascent to the club's presidency follows years of service to the club on the Young Members, Membership and Speakers committees. She received the Vivian Award for Outstanding Club Service six times.
Greiling Keane has served as an elected board officer for the past three years and is a member of the National Press Club Journalism Institute board.
Club members also elected Myron Belkind, a retired Associated Press foreign correspondent who now teaches journalism at George Washington University, as vice president; John Hughes of Bloomberg News as treasurer; Joel Whitaker of Kane's Beverage News Daily as secretary; and Marc Wojno of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine as membership secretary.
Marilyn Geewax of National Public Radio, Joseph Morton of the Omaha World-Herald, Frederica Dunn of the Jamestown (N.Y.) Post-Journal and Jeff Ballou of Al-Jazeera were elected to the Board of Governors.
Ed Barks, president of Barks Communications, was elected as a nonvoting Communicator of the Board.
"Fellow journalists and other National Press Club members face a challenging environment because of the economy and the rapid pace of technological change," Greiling Keane said. "My pledge is to make the Club most valuable for journalists of all walks of life and for the media organizations."
Greiling Keane has worked for Bloomberg for nearly six years after four years as an associate editor for Traffic World magazine and four years as a regional reporter Washington correspondent for the Small Newspaper Group. She covers transportation and the U.S. Postal Service for Bloomberg.

Angela's mother's mother's mother's mother (ie. her great great grandma) was Manx. She married an Irishman in the U.S. and they lived in the U.S. - specifically in southern Minnesota. Her grandma,  the Manx ancestor's granddaughter, lived until age 91 in 2010, and she was very proud of her Manx heritage. In fact, one of the last gifts Angela gave her was a carved wooden plate with the Three Legs on it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 is now Citywing’s management team, led by Managing Director David Buck, has invested to buy the business with effect from 1st January 2013.
As part of the changeover, the new company name Citywing will replace the existing branding. The new company will still be based in the Isle of Man and staffed by Isle of Man employees, with Island resident owners and directors.
Managing Director, David Buck: ‘Firstly, we would like to assure all customers that it’s very much business as usual, and all existing bookings with will be automatically and seamlessly transferred to Citywing. All flight schedules and timings remain exactly the same.
‘This is an exciting venture for the management team and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to invest in this Manx business, supported by our Chairman and largest shareholder, Noel Hayes. We are fiercely proud of both our Manx roots and our Manx routes, and will continue to grow and develop key Isle of Man gateways including Blackpool, Belfast, Gloucester (M5) and Newcastle, supporting and promoting the Isle of Man economy wherever possible.
‘Whilst we are sad to bid farewell to the brand, our new logo reflects our Manx heritage and is based around a stylisation of the famous Manx Shearwater. In recognition of the management buy-out and our plans to further extend the reach of our community-connecting services to other city-to-city routes outside the Isle of Man, we felt it appropriate to realign the company name to Citywing, which is of more direct relevance to our broader activities, including the Cardiff-Anglesey and Gloucester-Jersey routes.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A kind letter from the President of Tynwald on Bob Kelly's passing

Sir Patrick Moore ~ a "true icon".

Sir Patrick Moore was a "true icon," the chairman of the Isle of Man's Astronomical society has said.
Sir Patrick, who had been the patron of the island society since 1994, made several visits to the island.
The British astronomer and broadcaster died at his West Sussex home on Sunday, aged 89.
Society chairman Howard Parkin said he was a "great friend, a master of his topic and a true icon".
Sir Patrick presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, making him the longest-running host of the same television show ever.
'Guy next door'
"He inspired so many including myself and it is a great shame that he has gone," said Mr Parkin.
"He was a great friend of the Isle of Man and we were delighted when he excepted our invitation to become patron. He was very special and a great character."
Soon after be became the society's patron, Sir Patrick helped to open the island's main observatory in 1999.
"He was a famous celebrity but he acted like the guy next door," continued.
"He was so friendly and polite and so enthusiastic on his topic.
"We are very saddened by his passing."
Sir Patrick wrote dozens of books on astronomy and his research was used by the US and the Russians in their space programmes.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Something else for your Christmas list!

SAFE HOUSE: The cover of Chris Ewan s latest book, set in the Isle of Man
SAFE HOUSE: The cover of Chris Ewan s latest book, set in the Isle of Man
The launch party for Safe House, by Douglas writer Chris Ewan, will coincide with the book’s official UK publication and will be hosted by the Henry Bloom Noble Library.
Chris said: ‘Safe House is set in the Isle of Man, it was written in the Isle of Man, and it’s a thriller that I hope will appeal to all kinds of readers in the Isle of Man and beyond.
‘The book has attracted some terrific pre-publication buzz – it’s being published as Faber and Faber’s lead summer crime title – and I can’t think of a more fitting way to mark its publication than a party hosted by the talented team at the Henry Bloom Noble Library, Douglas, who have been such great supporters of my novels. Come along and join the celebration. It’ll be a blast.’
Borough librarian Jan Macartney added: ‘Safe House has been chosen as one of the independent booksellers’ choice for August in the Bookseller magazine. Also on the list are bestselling authors Peter Robinson, Mark Billingham and Ian McEwan so Chris is in good company!’
Tickets for the launch are available from the ground floor counter of the library, at 10 Victoria Street, Douglas, and cost £5. They include complimentary refreshments and a live performance by musician Matt Creer.
The following day, Chris will talk about Safe House at a special event for the Isle of Man Fund for the Blind. He said: ‘I’m delighted to help raise funds and awareness for the vital work of the Isle of Man Fund for the Blind and the Manx Blind Welfare Society.’
The 35-year-old’s previous novels include the four acclaimed Good Thief’s Guide titles, all of which were short listed for CrimeFest’s annual Last Laugh Award. Last year he was voted one of America’s favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll, and The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and went on to be published in 10 countries.
An Evening with Chris Ewan starts at 8pm on August 3 at Corrin Court, the headquarters of the Manx Blind Welfare Society, in Heywood Avenue in Onchan. Tickets, £10, are available on 674727. The ticket price includes wine and canapés.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Well? Anyone up for this?It's in Tennessee!

The Upper East TN Celtic Society would like to know if you or another of your group would like to represent the Manx peoples and their heritage at the 2013 Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival, Sept. 6th, 7th, and 8th. We were looking up the Manx language for our Christmas Party (Dec. 16th in Johnson City, TN) and discovered your web site.  Our society represents all Celtic nations and would like to have a Manx group or individual to educate the public in their Manx heritage ( as do Scottish Clan tents and other Celtic nation's tents).  This could be setting up a clan tent with pictures and information on a table for the weekend (set up on Fri. night and take down on Sun. 5pm) or some flyers or other informative papers mailed to the society before the event to be handed out at the UETCS booth.  We have an attendance of between 2500 (if it rains) and 7000 people.  For more information: or or (423) 741-4841.
We would love to hear from you,
Justine Kinch
SSCF Director and UETCS Board Member

Friday, November 30, 2012

That's not sand ~ that's snow! In Ramsey!

Ray Collister took this photo of the palm trees in the snow
in Ramsey near the Mooragh Park. Yndyssagh!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Robert "Bob" Kelly remembered

This photo was taken in June, 1930.  Bob would have been about 4-1/2 years old.  Florence Prendergast, nee Kneale, (the girl!) was just days away from being 10.  This was taken at the first NAMA homecoming in the IOM.  The NAMA had two conventions prior to that homecoming, the first in Cleveland in 1928, and the second in Toronto in 1929.  My mother (that's Brad & John Prendergast's mother) does not recall that Bob was at the 1928 convention, but he would have only been 1.5 years old.  

So the info we gave you in the earlier post was in error.

Some background to NAMA:

The First International Convention of the N.A.M.A. (North American Manx Association) was' a direct outcome of the great Homecoming of 1927 . . . from this sprang the idea of a similar gathering in the United States in 1928, Canada in 1929, and a greater homecoming to the Island in 1930.' Conventions have been held each year, and brief notes are given of the Souvenir Programmes published at each. Size 230x155 mms.
1928. Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 21-25th. Pp. 56. Contents: 'Home' (W. R. Creer, 1893) ; Mona's Relief Society; The Ladies' Auxiliary; The Mona's Mutual Benefit Society; The Manx Choral Society; Cleveland; Manx Directory. L 20, 5841.
1929. Toronto, Ontario, August 20-22nd. Pp. 48. Contents: T. E. Brown Centenary Celebration,
1930; Popular Manx Songs; Manx Directory to Toronto; Out-of-Town Manx (Ontario). L 20, 5947.
1930. See W.M.A. Manx Homecoming of 1930, p. 1498.
1931. Buffalo, New York, August 13-15th. Pp. 48. Contents: Photo of President, Mr. Daniel Teare; Buffalo Manx Society; Buffalo City; Aims of the N.A.M.A. L 20, 6950.
1932. London, Ontario, August 29-31st. Pp. 24. Contents: N.A.M.A. President, Dr. J. J. Moore; T. E. Brown; The Isle of Man - Ideal Commonwealth. L 20, 6951.
1933. Chicago, Illinois, August 8-11th. Pp. 40. Contents: President John R. Cain; Chicago Manx Society; A. B. Crookall, Hon. President; Chicago; Revised Constitution of the N.A.M.A.
1934. Windsor, Ontario, August 14-17th. Pp. 48. Contents: President James Y. Mann; Detroit-Windsor Manx Society; A Page from Manx History.
1935. Cleveland, Ohio, August 13-16th. Pp. 56. Contents: Photos of officers and historical notes; Manx Settlement in Cleveland.
1936. Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 4-7th. Pp. 48. Contents: W. D. Moore, J.P.; Convention Committees; Lower Fort Garry; History of the N.A.M.A. and photos of past presidents.
1937. Rochester, New York, August 10-13th. Pp. 56. Contents: Rochester; N.A.M.A. Proposed Manx House at Cleveland; Guardians of the Manx Heritage - T. E. Brown, A. W. Moore, P. M. C. Kermode, William Cubbon, John Joseph Kneen, with portraits;, Manx Folk Dances; Messages from Mannin; In Memoriam (Josephine Kermode) ; Echoes from Pitcairn; The Island Muse. L 20, 7595.
1938. Hamilton, Ontario, August 16-19th. Pp. 44. Contents: President, Richard H. Corkhill; Tynwald; N.A.M.A. Rules; Harry Kelly's Cottage; Glen Orry Manx Cats. L 20, 8064.
1939. Lincoln, Nebraska.

The N.A.M.A, publishes four or five times in the year a 4 or 8 pp. Bulletin, 280x220 mms, consisting mainly of news and information devoted to the International Conventions, but also containing other interesting matter which is indexed below. The Bulletin was commenced in January, 1929, succeeding a foolscap sheet entitled Manx Convention. Bulletin, of which there were four issues in 1928. This contains an article, which ran through the four issues entitled ' The Pioneers'.



with Biographical Memoranda and Copious Literary References.


Librarian of the Manx Museum.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Island Norovirus cases lead to "stay at home" warning

The Isle of Man's director of health has urged anyone suffering from the symptoms of the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus, to "stay at home".
The department of health has recorded an increase in reported cases of diarrhoea and vomiting, which are the main symptoms.
Dr Parameswaran Kishore said: "Anyone needing medical help should contact their GP by phone and avoid hospital."
Patients are advised to drink lots of water and eat easily-digestible food
In 2011, a ward at Noble's hospital was closed to admissions after an outbreak.
The previous year two wards were closed due to the virus at the Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital.
Over the past fortnight there have been 53 outbreaks of the virus in the UK, leading to numerous ward closures.

Dr Kishore said: "It is extremely important that people with the bug stay away from hospital wards, schools and care homes to help prevent the spread of the virus. It is best to stay at home".

'Extremely important'
The bug lasts between 24 and 48 hours and patients are advised to drink lots of water and eat easily-digestible food.

"We can't send people to another hospital down the road so it is important to prevent it reaching hospital wards."
Even after the symptoms have passed, patients remain infectious for 48 hours, so those suffering are reminded to remain off work during this time.
The department of health has issued advice to people to prevent the spread of infection.
These include avoiding hospitals or old people's homes and washing hands thoroughly , especially after using the toilet and preparing food.
Fromm BBC Ellan Vannin

What is winter vomiting disease?

  • Winter vomiting disease is caused by the small round structured virus (SRSV), also known as the Norwalk-like virus or Norovirus.
  • Norovirus lives in the gut and is passed from person to person by poor hygiene after using the bathroom - not washing hands properly after using the toilet and then touching toilet handles, seats, door handles and so on.
  • It can also be spread when someone vomits and small aerosols containing the virus enter the air.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rough day in Port St. Mary!

Sleepwell Hotels’ The Claremont wins Awards of Excellence Company of the Year

Colleagues at Isle of Man based Sleepwell Hotel’s The Claremont are celebrating the remarkable achievement of becoming the Island’s first business within the hospitality and tourism sector to win Company of the Year at the prestigious Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence 2012. Now in its sixth year, the Awards for Excellence were televised online to thousands and celebrate success in all walks of Island life, from lifetime achievements to business person of the year. The Company of the Year award is one of the most highly contested of the evening and represents a particularly rare achievement due to this year’s being The Claremont’s first ever submission in any category. Furthermore, the prize was awarded at just the second phase in a series of multi-million pound refurbishments, the first of which has already earned the hotel a 4-star Silver Accolade, a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and a Bloomberg UK Hotel Awards ‘highly commended’ interior-design prize. The next stage of development for the ground floor and reception area is planned to commence in January and is due be completion by Easter 2013.
Deputy General Manager, Ricardo Campos, who accepted the Company of the Year award, enthused: “This is a magnificent achievement not just for Sleepwell Hotels but also for my colleagues here at The Claremont and Coast who have worked so tirelessly to enhance the reputation of our hotel and raise the bar for the Island’s tourism and hospitality sector. Over the past few years we have transformed our hotel into a luxury establishment whilst remaining sensitive to the needs of our guests, the Island’s business community and the local community as a whole. Congratulations company of the year!”

Monday, November 19, 2012

News from Lily

Hello from pre-tour paradise!  For those interested, this includes things like fixing zippers on my massive harp flight case (the 4th time in just a few months!), counting strings, sorting music and polishing harp levers.  Glamorous, eh?
I’m going to be on a teaching/concert tour in England, Finland, Germany and the Czech Republic for the next few weeks.  The tour is pretty heavy on the private and group teaching this time, so I’m looking forward to meeting pockets of harp players in several new cities (hello Berlin and Prague!)!
My web-site was updated with links to the concerts which are open to the public just recently and you can see the schedule here,
I’ll have copies of my CDs with me on the road but I should mention that they’re all on sale on CD Baby now through the holiday period!  If you’re interested you can visit CD Baby here,
Speaking of CDs, the album “Donde nace la luz” that I worked on in Madrid, is having its official launch on December 1st – I can’t be there because I’ll be coaching in Helsinki but I’m very excited to hear the finished album!  “Donde nace la luz” is comprised of newly composed music by Carlos Cano Escribá and Hernán Milla, set to the poetry of Aldo Mendez.  Proceeds from the album will go to the organisation FISENSI, which helps the disabled. The team behind the CD had set up a crowd-funding page to help cover the costs of producing the album and I posted some links to it on Facebook.  I know that some of you supported the project and I was truly delighted when the level of financial support they needed to make the album was reached!  
Thanks so much to everyone who helped!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bob Kelly Obituary and Service details

Hello everyone,

Plans for Uncle Bob's services are complete.  Because of next week being the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be 2 services.

We will have a burial service at 1pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet City, IL.  This is where Jean and his parents are buried.  John and I plan to be at the cemetery by 12:30 pm.  The short service will begin at 1:00 pm.

A Memorial Service and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 am at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rockford, IL. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am at the Church. We are planning a luncheon to follow.

I know not everyone will be able to make to a service for Bob, but please keep us in your thoughts on these days.  Below you will find the obituary that will appear in the Rockford Registar Star.

We have received many notes of condolences and we THANK YOU very much.  I'd like to reply to each one of you, but time does not allow.

For further information email Kelly McCarthy at the address above and I'll send you the local phone numbers for Carol.

For the Rockford Register Star:
Robert “Bob” Kelly, 86, of Rockford passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Wesley Willows. He was born December 10, 1925 in Evanston, IL. The son of Robert Cecil and Emily (Knight) Kelly. Graduated from Chicago Christian High School and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He married Jean Elizabeth Pilgrim at Englewood Methodist Church in Chicago on September 12, 1953. Jean predeceased him on May 2, 2004.
For 18 years he worked at C&EI Railroad as a Systems Programmer and Analyst, then for 22 years at Bodine Electric Company where he was Manager of the Payroll Department. Bob came to Rockford in 1999 moving here from Chicago, IL. Bob loved his country and enlisted at the age of 17 in the Army. He served in the 100th Infantry Division in the European Theatre in WWII, earning a Purple Heart and other awards. He was a member of American Legion, Wm Marks Post #904. He was a proud descendant of the Isle of Man and served as the Honorary President of the North American Manx Association, President of the Chicago Area Manx Society, and member of the Wisconsin Manx Society. In addition he was Past President of the Financial Management Association of Illinois, Past President of the Winnebago and Boone Counties Genealogical Society, and a Board Member of BIGWILL. Bob was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and formerly of Edison Park UMC, a Lay Member of the Northern Illinois Annual UMC Conference, and United Methodist Men earning the John Wesley Fellows Award.
Survivors include his Nieces and Nephew, Joanne (Kurt) Fischer of Plano, TX, Rebecca (James) Antrim of Centreville, VA, Barbara Pilgrim of Appleton, WI and John (Carol) Pilgrim of Oconomowoc, WI. Great Nieces and Nephew, Sarah, Katie, Stephen and Caren. Great-Great Niece and Nephew, Lucy and Tyler. Cousin, Christine (Peter) Wallis of Isle of Man in the British Isles. Many dear friends especially those at Wesley Willows, Aldersgate UMC, and the Manx Society. Predeceased by his parents, wife Jean, Brother-in-law and his wife Richard and Ruth Pilgrim. The family would like to thank the staff at Wesley Willows for their care and concern during Bob’s illness.
Memorial Service at 11am Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Visitation from 10am until time of service at the Church. Graveside Service at 1pm ,Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested. Arrangements completed by Fitzgerald Funeral home, Riverside Chapel. Express online condolences at

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Very sad news. Bob Kelly has passed away.


It is with sad news that I write this time.  Uncle Bob passed away about 12:45 am this morning, Thursday, November 15, 2012.  Both John and I were present at his side.  He was actually in the middle of a nebulizer treatment when we noticed he was no longer breathing.  The nurse checked and couldn't find a heartbeat.  He went so peacefully and is now in heaven, reunited with Jean and all who went before him.

I had received a call at 4:30 pm from the Hospice nurse telling me that Bob was declining.  But Bob was not alone, Jody Morey came for a visit on Wednesday and stayed until we could arrive.  THANK YOU, JODY!  You were such a blessing to Bob and to us! 

We will be meeting with the funeral home today to make arrangements and will let all of you know what they will be.

Just knowing that Uncle Bob is no longer in pain has given us peace.  We are grateful that he was in our lives.  May he be welcomed by the angels in heaven, as he is now one of the angels.

Thank you again for the love, prayers, cards, thoughts, etc. sent Bob's way over these last months.  He was truly blessed to have so many family and friends who cared so much.

May God's Peace be with you.

- Carol Pilgrim (Bob's niece)

The photo above was taken in August at the North American Manx Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus. Bob is shown here cutting the ribbon at its official opening. He donated a major sum towards this, the only Manx museum in America, and it was the culmination of a life spent celebrating his Manx heritage. We who knew him are happy that he lived to see this day as we know how very much it meant to him. 

Bob has been involved in NAMA all his life. He attended his first NAMA Convention in 1928. He proudly reported that he was NAMA Junior Member No. 1 and he went on to become our Honorary President, only standing down earlier this year as hid health declined. He will be missed at our Board meetings as his institutional memory of NAMA activities and protocols over the years was prodigious. 

We will revisit Bob's life over the next few weeks as more information from members comes to light. Feel free to share your Bob story in the comments box below.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Manx in Germany

The Isle of Man will be represented this month at the annual International Symposium on Minority Languages in Europe.
It will be held this year in the university town of Heidelberg, near Mannheim in south western Germany, from November 22 to 24.
Taking as its theme Minority Languages in Europe and Beyond - Results and Prospects the Symposium will be jointly organised by the Seminar für Übersetzen und Dolmetschen (SÜD - School of Translation and Interpreting) at the University of Heidelberg, the Eurolinguistic Association (ELA), in conjunction with the Universities of Mannheim (ELAMA), Zagreb (Croatia) (ENSE) and Rome/Lille (AES) and held at the School of Translation and Interpreting, University of Heidelberg.
Representing the Isle of Man will be Professor Dr George Broderick, University of Mannheim, who is to deliver a paper entitled Auferstanden aus Ruinen (arisen from the ruins) - Twenty Years’ Government support for Manx Gaelic in the Isle of Man: An Assessment and Prognosis.
Also speaking up for the island will be Mag Phil (magister in philologie) and Christopher Lewin (Douglas), University of Edinburgh, Revived Manx, Classical Manx and English: Competing Standards.
In his paper George Broderick will look at the promotion of Manx in the island by government over the past 20 years.
It will cover from 1992 when the island’s first Manx language officer, Dr Brian Stowell, was appointed to oversee the development of the pioneering promotion and teaching of Manx in island schools, through to the recent setting-up of the all-Manx teaching facility at the Bunscoill Gaelgagh at St John’s.
Christopher Lewin in his paper will look at the the Manx revival today and assess the pull of a number of strands within the revival in various directions and the differing attitudes to the revived language, including different kinds of purism.
It is noted that the greatest influence on Manx speakers in the island today is standard English, which exerts a subconscious influence at all times.
Although the classical Manx remains the most important and richest seam of evidence for native usage, there are of necessity difficulties in accessing and applying the material appropriately.
Though the Symposium will look at the various languages of Europe today, other contributions involving the Celtic languages include papers on Revival, maintenance and standardization of Modern Irish, The situation of Scottish Gaelic today and The present situation of the Celtic languages in a European perspective.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Manx Workshop for the Disabled Winter newsletter

Our reputation for making trophies and mementoes has risen sharply recently!

Ballakermeen School has commissioned us to make two more trophies in the style of the one we made for junior achievement four years ago. One to go to a school in China, and another to Germany

We’ve recently suggested to the Maritime Museum in San Diego, America that we may make souvenirs from Ramsey Wood to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the building of the Star of India!

Our woodwork range has increased too, with some fabulous ‘One Off’ clock designs, and even the humble door wedge has been given the Manx treatment to act as a useful souvenir!

Our clocks and pens are now available from a sample display tray which we leave for a few days in corporate offices, collecting orders and making deliveries within the following week. Do let us know if you’d like us to include your business!

Our traditional engraving is being produced on the recently installed laser engraving machines, enabling us to produce a better quality finish at the first attempt! Pet plaques, Golf bag tags and bench plaques are amongst the latest commissions we’ve done.

Our new machinery to support Manx businesses and to avoid sourcing from ‘across’, will be with us by the end of the year, enabling us to cut complicated shuttering for the construction industry, right down to intricate patterns to use as jewellery! If this supports Manx ideas and enterprise we’d be delighted to show you what we’re able to do!

We’re celebrating 30 years  Next Year!

Discussions are taking place to stage a Celebration event next year so we’ll let you know if and when it’s confirmed.


We’ll continue to provide training, equipment and employment for Manx disabled people.

We then are able to provide Manx designed, Manx made items, often from Manx materials to deliver a sense of pride in being Manx

We’re helping a section of the Manx Community who appreciates our help.

If you’d like to help you can, by:

Making a donation
Making a Bequest in your will
Collecting on our behalf
Thinking of Manx Workshop for the Disabled whenever there’s a corporate fundraising initiative.
Purchasing what we make
Asking us to make something for you, your home or business.

With all these options there’s bound to be one in which we may help each other
We look forward to hearing from you.

Martin Sewell