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 canap├ęs.

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