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Summer Solstice Session

As you may already know, The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre is a small, non-profit Arts organisation presently promoting their Summer Solstice Session festival as part of The Gathering 2013. Any help and support you can give by sharing the event info is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you in Naul over the weekend of June 21st to 23rd too!

Many thanks from everyone at The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre,

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About this Gathering

A boutique mid-Summer festival, celebrating the heritage, history, community and culture of rural Fingal, and the legacy of Master Uilleann Piper & Folklore Archivist, Séamus Ennis

Friday June 21st

4:00pm – Try The Uilleann Pipes
To coincide with National Music Day – Love:Live Music Ireland, come along and Try the Uilleann Pipes with instructors from Na Píobairí Uilleann, the Uilleann Pipers.

Detailed information and booking is available on our website.
Admission is FREE but booking is essential to ensure your place.
_______________________ Saturday June 22nd

Celebrating the life and work of Internationally renowned Folklore Archivist & Musician, Séamus Ennis

11:00am – Féidlim Tonn Rí’s Castle – Visual storytelling through the music and stories of Séamus Ennis
Bringing to life some of the characters from Séamus Ennis’ 1977 recording for Claddagh Records, ‘Feidlim Tonn Rí’s Castle’, learn to create your own character using pencil and paper with instruction as you sketch.
Watch as the artist, Christan Kotey, creates a painting depicting a scene of Irish fireside tales to the soundtrack of the original Claddagh Records recording.
Detailed information and booking is available on our website.
Admission is FREE but booking is essential to ensure your place.

2:00pm – The Ennis Trail – A Multimedia Presentation by Michael Lydon
On January 13th, 1951, the famous American folklorist, or ‘song-hunter’, Alan Lomax arrived in Ireland to collect material for an album that would become the first LP of Irish traditional music, ‘The World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Volume II Ireland’. Under advice from George Moore of the BBC, Lomax recruited the great Séamus Ennis, at that point already an established folklorist, to act as his guide. The journey they took visiting villages across Ireland, recording singers and musicians, would later be referred to as ‘The Ennis Trail’, a journey that when examined today, offers a fascinating insight into Irish traditional music.
Detailed information and booking is available on our website.
Admission is FREE but booking is essential to ensure your place.

8:30pm – Séamus Ennis Tribute Concert – Celebrating the sustaining influence of Séamus Ennis’ work on generations of Irish musicians 
Featuring Conor McKeon, Dermot McLaughlin & Paddy Glackin

Detailed information and booking is available on our website.
Tickets are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.


Sunday June 23rd

Summer Solstice Session on the Village Square

Children’s entertainers, street performers, live music, dancing, food, and more, from 12:00 noon.

Live music on our outdoor stage from 3:00 to 10:00pm featuring ‘Clann agus Cairde‘, ‘The David Munnelly Band‘ and ‘The Moog 69s‘.

Admission is FREE.
Parking available.

More events to be announced, please check our our website for details!

Cló Iar-Chonnachta
February 18, 2010, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Celtic Leagues and Orgs.

Cló Iar-Chonnachta
is Ireland’s fastest-growing traditional-music label
and Irish-language book publisher.

They are a Gaeltacht-based company and publish books in Irish including novels, short stories, plays, poetry, biography, history, music, literary criticism, material for those learning Irish, teenage fiction and children’s books.

They are also a traditional Irish music label and have an extensive catalogue of albums, including a large number of sean-nós recordings.

You may find a large catalogue of over 150 recordings and over 300 hundred books available at their official site

dotCYM: Campaign in Wales for the web domain ".cym"
February 3, 2010, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Celtic Leagues and Orgs.

Official Press . Why dotCYM?

Because the Welsh language and culture is a community that we believe should be identified and enhanced by having its own sponsored TLD on the Internet. Under a .CYM sponsored TLD those organisations, companies and people that express themselves in the Welsh language and/or wish to encourage Welsh culture will be able to be registered and will be clearly identifiable.

The dotCYM campaign was formed by a group of like-minded individuals drawn from the fields of commerce, computer programming and design, public relations, law and publishing who saw the need for a Top Level Domain for the Welsh language community.

A .cym TLD will play a strategic role in validating Welsh culture and language in an age of increasing globalisation. It will make it easier for individuals and groups who wish to associate with the community to identify with other users around the world. The success of the dotCYM campaign will unite the Welsh-speaking communities across Wales, the UK, and the rest of the world. There are historic Welsh communities in North and South America, as well as Australia.

The success of the dotCYM campaign will confirm that the World Wide Web really is multi-national and a multilingual medium.

It will also play a pivotal role in promoting further the use of the Welsh language on the World Wide Web as a modern medium of communication. The relative cost effectiveness of the web compared to traditional print publishing also makes the web especially attractive to smaller language communities such as Welsh and is a great emancipator.

Large parts of open source software are already available in Welsh such as Open Office. The Linux system is available in Welsh, and work is ongoing to create a Welsh language version of Mac OS X. Following negotiations with the Welsh Language Board Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office is also now available in Welsh. Google also offers a Welsh language interface for its search engine.

The next step is a Welsh language TLD. Large companies such as Microsoft and Google have already realised the opportunities gained by offering services in Welsh, and in other languages of choice, for millions of speakers of languages other than the more conventional larger languages. It is now extremely important that the organisations who run the World Wide Web also grasp the opportunity to support online language communities, such as Welsh.

Wales is not an independent country, but the Welsh language has more speakers than languages of independent European countries such as Icelandic (240,000) and Faroese (70,000). Although the web was originally and still predominantly an English language medium, the world wide web is now going through a dynamic period of linguistic democratisation, of which the increasing presence and use of Welsh is one reflection.

According to research made in 2002, Welsh is the 42nd most widely written language on the web and the 56th most widely written language on the international Wikipedia above larger language communities, including state languages, such as Macedonian, Latvian, Tagalog and Tamil. There are many Welsh language blogs, popular Discussion Forums, and a Welsh language Web-mail service.
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The Welsh-speaking community has always seen itself as a literary community with the pen taking precedent over the sword. The development of the language has been a source of inspiration. The World Wide Web gives the Welsh language an opportunity to create its own niche that it already enjoys on the field of sport and to a growing degree in politics.

Join this campaign visiting their official website or through Facebook

Brittany: Applying for a ".bzh" top level domain
January 29, 2010, 4:22 pm
Filed under: Celtic Leagues and Orgs.

The idea of applying for a “.bzh” top level domain was first mentioned in 2004 by Christian Ménard, member of the French Parliament. The introduction cat in 2006 revived the idea. An online petition, initiated by Mikael Bodlore-Penlaez via the Geobreizh.com website, has mobilized public opinion and encouraged local authorities to state public support for this project. The Conseil Général d’Ille et Vilaine (14 April 2006), the Conseil Régional de Bretagne (14 June 2006), the Conseil Général du Finistère (15 June 2006) have unanimously supported the idea of creation of a. bzh. In 2007, the Regional Council of Britain initiated a feasibility study of the project. Under the direction of a steering committee involving various stakeholders, this study has resulted in 2008 in the establishment of a formal structure to support the Breton application : http://www.bzh. The http://www.bzh association is responsible for establishing the application, gathering the necessary funds to ensure its submission and its promotion within the Breton community. The association in December 2008 has been granted financial support from the Conseil Régional de Bretagne. The online petition has so far received more than 18,500 signatures.
Feel free to support this campaign visiting the official website at :
or on Facebook

Other breton cool links:

Breton cultural organizations

Office de la langue bretonne www.ofis-bzh.com
Conseil culturel de Bretagne www.kuzul.info
Institut culturel de Bretagne www.institutcultureldebretag…

Breton websites

Bretagne Prospective www.bretagne-prospective.org
Geobreizh www.geobreizh.com

Celtic Leagues : Kernow Branch Celtic League
January 25, 2010, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Celtic Leagues and Orgs.

Official Press – “An Kesunyans Keltek Scoren Kernewek” is the Kernow (Cornwall) Branch of the wider Celtic League.
Website at:

The Kernow Branch is well supported and has a large membership base with members not only in the Duchy but elsewhere as far afield as the USA and India all of whom share some connection with the Motherland. People are from all backgrounds, politicians, academics, students, unemployed, farming and so on.

The Branch has a fair share of those who speak fluent Cornish but also encourages its membership to learn the language at the many classes now available. It meets monthly and distributes the Celtic League’s very own ‘Carn’ Magazine as well as Branch newsletters and updates. Cornish members regularly write for ‘Carn’ and a wide variety of other publications.

The Branch has campaigned for a thorough investigation into the tragic loss of the Breton fishing vessel the ‘Bugaled Breizh’ off the Cornish coast with the loss of all those on board and also has been instrumental in the campaign to have Irish Prisoner of War, Noel Macguire repatriated to Ireland which was recently achieved.

The Branch works hard in practical support of Mebyon Kernow – The Party for Cornwall – Website at: http://www.mebyonkernow.org/ and is involved with a wide variety of other campaigns as part of the wider Cornish movement.

The Branch is very outward looking as befits a Cornish Atlantic fringe organisation and members regularly travel in support of events in the other Celtic Nations.

New members from wherever are keenly welcomed and their Email address is: kernow@celticleague.net although contact may also be made via the Celtic League’s home website. A ‘Facebook’ Site and ‘Twitter’ are also maintained by the Branch.