Wednesday, March 27, 2013
“In light of the recent heavy snow across the UK and the Isle of Man, we’re (the band "Barrule") giving you the chance to download a free copy of the Manx traditional song ‘Ny Kirree fo Niaghtey’ (‘Sheep Under the Snow’), and donate money towards the Isle of Man Farmers Benevolent Trust.”
For more info on how to donate and receive the track, CLICK HERE.
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Monday, March 25, 2013
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
He said there had been more overnight faults due to "ongoing severe weather" in Fleshwick, Scard and Earystane.
MEA aimed "to get the majority back on supply over the weekend", he added. "We are deploying all of our available resource to assess and repair the major damage to our network in those areas of the island affected by this extreme weather," he said.
Some Steam Packet sailings have also been affected by the weather. All Saturday sailings between Douglas and Liverpool have been cancelled, though those between Heysham and Douglas are running as normal.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Local traditional festival Shennaghys Jiu has long been rooted in the northern town of Ramsey, where it has remained true to its original concept of encouraging young musicians to join together in a non-competitive environment. It has proved to be a winning combination but this year organisers have changed the format to give dance a higher profile.
With a colourful mix of local and visiting groups, Shennaghys Jiu (22 – 25 March) promises to be an exciting weekend of Celtic music, song and dance, showcasing some of the up and coming young entertainers bursting with unbridled enthusiasm and new ideas.
From modest beginnings Shennaghys Jiu has hosted a wide range of talent, and this year will welcome four groups from the surrounding regions who will be giving a flavour of their own traditions. The aptly named Highly Flung includes former members of the Christine Wilson Highland Dancers from Edinburgh; taught by former world champion dancer Christine Wilson they have performed in countries as far apart as Holland, Switzerland and Australia. Kerry Dances Ireland is an exciting, action-packed, high-kicking entertaining Irish dance show featuring some of the finest exponents of music, song and dance. As the name suggests they are based in the south west of Ireland and promise to effortlessly blend youth and experience with a deeply rooted faith in the Irish tradition. Meanwhile The Brim combines the talents of Cornish musicians Jamie Toms and Alan Pengelly who met through their local music scene, and promises an eclectic mix of both contemporary and traditional Cornish music.
Local groups will include Scammylt, Bee er dty Hwoaie, Ballacottier School, Share na Veg, Grass Roots and the Mollag Band with a weekend bursting with workshops, concerts and ceilidhs and a lively bands’ night to close the festival.
Further details available from the festival’s website.
Valerie Caine © March 2013
Posted by Manx Mum at 12:14 PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Two of the Island’s front-line services have been celebrated by the Isle of Man Post Office recently with two stamp issues reflecting some of the work undertaken by both the Isle of Man Constabulary and the local Fire and Rescue Service.
Stamps issued for the Isle of Man Constabulary illustrate the history of the Island’s police force since its formation in 1863, focusing on a number of changes since its inception 150 years ago. Charged with protecting the Island’s residents from crime in its many forms, the local police force has passed some important milestones over the years, notably a pay increase for all ranks implemented in 1947, the establishment of an Island Police Federation, introduction of the Island’s first canine recruit during the 1960s and the appointment of its first police woman in 1967. In addition the Isle of Man Constabulary has just appointed its first Manx Chief Constable, Gary Roberts.
Meanwhile the work of the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service has been show-cased in a miniature stamp sheet, revealing the changing aspects of a modern-day service. Traditionally seen as a singular fire-fighting role, it’s clear that their position within the community has changed considerably since the service’s inception in 1965.
This mini sheet reveals the new challenges experienced by local teams, including chemical incidents, road traffic collisions, mountain rescue, community safety and of course fire-fighting.
However, prevention, protection and response have now become an integral aspect of the Island’s fire-fighting teams, with these three core objectives now at the fore-front of their daily work.
© March 2013
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