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Friday, July 24, 2015
Manx Representatives Head for International Celtic Congress in Ireland
year's International Celtic Congress is being held at Rosscarbery in County
Cork, Ireland, bringing together representatives from each of the Celtic
countries, including the Isle of Man.
at the Celtic Ross Hotel, the week-long conference includes excursions, an
International Celtic Concert, informal sessions and a ceili night, together
with a series of lectures on the theme of 'What is National Freedom?' Phil
Gawne MHK will present a paper for the Isle of Man, whilst Annie Kissack will
represent Manx music. Further highlights will be a series of films, a workshop
dedicated to Irish songs and the International Celtic Congress dinner.
town of Rosscarbery has a rich heritage, but in recent times has witnessed
unprecedented growth, primarily in the holiday accommodation sector, which
swells the standard population during the summer months.
is the location for St Fachtna's, the smallest cathedral in Ireland and the
size of a typical parish church; which has parallels with our own St German's
there's a stronger connection with the name of the town, which is a mutation of
the Irish Ros Ó gCairbre which translates into Cairbre's Wood.
to the Manx scholar J. J. Kneen, the parish of Arbory is dedicated to two
saints, St Cairpre of Coleraine and St Columba. This dual dedication persisted,
with the parish bearing the name of Cairbre or Cairpre and the parish church
Columba, resulting in Kirk Carbery becoming Kirk Arbory.
first Celtic Congress (under the title of the Pan-Celtic Congress) was held in Abergavenny,
Wales, in 1838, and organised only every thirty years or so until the end of
the nineteenth century, when meetings were regularised.
the first Celtic Congress in its present form convened in 1917 at Birkenhead,
on the invitation of the National Union of Welsh Societies, as part of the
National Eisteddfod. On this occasion there was a representative from the
Celtic Society of Paris, as well as those from the six Celtic nations.
are well under way for next year's International Celtic Congress which will be
held on the Isle of Man.