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The Celtic League
Celtic League
is a pan-Celtic organisation, founded in 1961, that aims to promote modern Celtic identity and culture in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall
Cornwall
and the Isle of Man
Isle of Man
– referred to as the Celtic nations; it places particular emphasis on promoting the Celtic languages
Celtic languages
of those nations. It also advocates further self-governance in the Celtic nations
Celtic nations
and ultimately for each nation to be an independent state in their own right.[1] The Celtic League
Celtic League
is an accredited NGO
NGO
with roster consultative status to ECOSOC (The United Nations Economic and Social Council).[2]

Contents

1 Aims 2 History 3 Branches 4 Publications

4.1 Notable members and former members 4.2 Campaigns

5 Political status of countries 6 Posts

6.1 General secretaries 6.2 Editors of Carn
Carn
(Established 1973) 6.3 Other posts

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Aims[edit] The Celtic League
Celtic League
presents its aims as including:

"Fostering co-operation between Celtic peoples." "Developing the consciousness of the special relationship and solidarity between them." "Making our national struggles and achievements better known abroad." "Campaigning for a formal association of Celtic nations
Celtic nations
to take place once two or more of them have achieved self-government." "Advocating the use of the national resources of each of the Celtic countries for the benefit of all its people."[3]

"Each Celtic nation is conditioned by a different history and so we must not expect uniformity of thought, but instead allow diversity to express itself within the Celtic League. In this way, we may better recognise those areas of possible co-operation and eventually formulate a detailed common policy. With this we can work out which kind of relations between our communities will enable them to enjoy freedoms and liberties at both individual and community level."[3] Politically, the Celtic league seeks to create six sovereign states from the six Celtic nations
Celtic nations
it acknowledges as existing,[1] associated in some way.[3] There is some variation in the understanding of these aims, which ranges from annual general meetings (AGMs), to an actual federation along the lines of the Nordic Council.[citation needed] The 1987 Celtic League
Celtic League
Annual General Meeting stated that it: "firmly reiterates that the Celtic League
Celtic League
has a specific function within Celtia, i.e. to work for the reinstatement of our languages to a viable position, and the attainment of sufficient economic, cultural and political autonomy to guarantee the survival of our civilisation into the 21st century. This emphasis on the languages of our six nations marks us now as distinct cultural communities, and therefore as distinct nations."[4][5] History[edit] Founded in 1961, the present Celtic League
Celtic League
grew out of various other pan-Celtic organisations, particularly the Celtic Congress, but with a more political emphasis. Previously, Hugh MacDiarmid
Hugh MacDiarmid
and others had suggested something along the same lines. The Celtic League
Celtic League
was started at the 1961 National Eisteddfod of Wales, which was held at Rhosllannerchrugog
Rhosllannerchrugog
near Wrexham
Wrexham
in northeast Wales. Two of the founding members were Gwynfor Evans
Gwynfor Evans
and J. E. Jones, who were respectively president and secretary-general of the Welsh nationalist political party Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru
at the time. Interest was expressed by Scottish parties, and also by Breton nationalists. Branches[edit]

  Scotland   Ireland   Mann   Wales   Cornwall   Brittany

There are six main, national branches of the Celtic League
Celtic League
in the six Celtic countries, generally known by the Celtic language names of their countries: Ireland
Ireland
is known as Éire, Scotland
Scotland
as Alba, Wales
Wales
as Cymru, Brittany
Brittany
as Breizh, Cornwall
Cornwall
as Kernow and the Isle of Man
Isle of Man
as Mannin or Mann. When concluding against the inclusion of the historically Celtic regions Galicia and Asturias
Asturias
(Asturies) in Spain, the 1987 Celtic League Annual General Meeting stated that, because the Celtic League's specific function, "to work for the reinstatement of our languages ... and the attainment of ... political autonomy", must remain undiluted, "this AGM considers that it would be condescending and inappropriate to offer a limited status to the applicant nations [i.e., Galicia and Asturias] within the Celtic League." The AGM expressed that it "encourage[s] them in their efforts to develop the Celtic elements in their heritage" such that "from such areas, might come the support and understanding we need to pursue our aims more effectively"[4][5] (in Spain, there are no surviving Celtic languages, although in Galicia there is a minority nationalist movement which seeks independence from the Spanish Kingdom and promotes a Celtic identity as a fundamental aspect of Galician culture).[citation needed] There are various diaspora branches, that play little part in the annual general meetings: A Patagonian branch was founded in the Chubut River
Chubut River
Valley, Argentina (the location of y Wladfa, a Welsh colony), at the end of 2009; it remained active as of October 2011[update], with Mónica Jones as secretary and her husband Michael Jones filling an unspecified post.[6] Celtic League, American Branch (CLAB) was founded in New York City in 1974, and has its own newsletter,[7] but reported decreased activity as of October 2011[update],[6] the same year its domain name, CelticLeague.org, was lost to a cybersquatter. CLAB organized various annual events, including the Pan-Celtic
Pan-Celtic
Conference.[7] There is a generalized International Branch for "[t]hose living far away from the national branches", including prospective Spanish members in Galicia and Asturias;[5] it was active with a website, Celtic-League.org (operated from the Isle of Man), from 2004 through 2010.[8][9] There has been a separate England Branch, based in London, active at least from 2004 to 2007.[10] There used to be a branch in Cape Breton Island, Canada, where a small Scottish Gaelic-speaking community still exists; this branch was moribund as of October 2011[update], though various consultations had taken place in efforts to restart it.[6] The branch was then recorded as being active by 22 January 2015.[11] Publications[edit] The Celtic League
Celtic League
publishes a quarterly magazine, Carn, which highlights political struggles and cultural preservation issues. The articles are produced in the six Celtic languages
Celtic languages
in addition to English. The cover of the magazine is a map of the six Celtic countries with their respective Celtic-language names beside them. In the past, articles have appeared in French as well. For many years, Carn
Carn
claimed to be the only regular publication carrying all six Celtic languages. The Celtic League, American Branch (CLAB) prints its own quarterly newsletter, Six Nations, One Soul,[12] as of October 2011[update][6] which provides news of branch activities and events within the Celtic communities in the United States, publishes letters from members, and reviews books and recordings of Celtic interest. CLAB published at least six issues of a larger semi-annual magazine, Keltoi: A Pan-Celtic
Pan-Celtic
Review,from 2006 to 2008.[13] CLAB also produced a wall calendar each year, with art from members, appropriate quotations, and anniversaries; publication ceased with the 2008 issue.[14][15] Other branches have published their own periodicals from time to time, but few have been very long-lived. Notable members and former members[edit] Some of the more notable past and present members of the Celtic League have been Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru
leaders Gwynfor Evans
Gwynfor Evans
and J. E. Jones, Scottish National Party leaders Winnie Ewing, Robert McIntyre and Rob Gibson, leader of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, prominent Breton exiles Yann Fouéré and Alan Heusaff, the historian and writer Peter Berresford Ellis, writer Bernard Le Nail, and Manx language
Manx language
revivalist Brian Stowell. American author and linguist Alexei Kondratiev was president of the Celtic League
Celtic League
American branch. Campaigns[edit] The Celtic League
Celtic League
also campaigns for a united Ireland, and the return of the Loire-Atlantique
Loire-Atlantique
department to Brittany. Over the years, the Celtic League
Celtic League
has campaigned consistently in support of the languages in Celtic nations, and for the return of ancient artefacts, removed from Celtic countries to museums outside of these areas – amongst these are the Lewis chessmen
Lewis chessmen
and the Chronicles of Mann. The Manx branch of the Celtic League
Celtic League
successfully campaigned for the Calf of Man
Calf of Man
island to be transferred from the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty in England to the Manx National Heritage.[citation needed] In the mid-1990s, the Celtic League
Celtic League
started a campaign to have the word "Alba" on the Scottish football and rugby tops. Since 2005, the Scottish Football Association have supported the use of Scottish Gaelic on their teams's strip in recognition of the language's revival in Scotland.[16] However, the SRU is still being lobbied to have "Alba" on the national rugby strip.[17] The Celtic League
Celtic League
has also passed a motion to support the general aims of Independence First, which aims for a referendum on Scottish independence.[18] In 2010, the Celtic League
Celtic League
sought to prevent retailers selling the flag of England in Cornwall, criticising it as "foreign".[19] Political status of countries[edit] The political status of the Celtic League's suggested six Celtic nations varies widely. Both the UK and France were traditionally very centralised states (although France more so).[citation needed] The following Celtic nations
Celtic nations
have some degree of autonomy, although Ireland
Ireland
consists of the territory of two sovereign states:

Ireland:

Republic of Ireland
Ireland
(26 counties) – independent. Northern Ireland
Ireland
(6 counties) – has a devolved assembly. Was ruled directly by the United Kingdom from 1972-2007. From 1922-1972 Northern Ireland
Ireland
had had its own parliament, but due to the worsening political violence of The Troubles
The Troubles
the British army was deployed to the region and direct rule established. Under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement
Good Friday Agreement
some autonomy and various provisions were granted on a power-sharing basis. Until 2007 various controversies between Unionists and Republicans had caused the government of the United Kingdom to rule directly. Northern Ireland
Ireland
now has its own devolved Assembly since 2007.

The Isle of Man
Isle of Man
– home rule (with the oldest continuous parliament in the world); a British Crown Dependency outside the UK and European Union. Scotland
Scotland
– has had a devolved Parliament since 1999, but voted against becoming an independent country in the Scottish independence referendum, 2014 Wales
Wales
– has had a devolved Assembly since 1999.

There is also a campaign for a Cornish Assembly. In 2000 the Cornish Constitutional Convention launched the Declaration for a Cornish Assembly campaign. In less than two years, more than 50,000 people signed the Assembly petition and Lord Whitty, in the House of Lords, recognised that Cornwall
Cornwall
has a "special case" for devolution. On a visit to Cornwall, John Prescott
John Prescott
said " Cornwall
Cornwall
has the strongest regional identity in the UK." Thus, as of 17 September 2014[update], three of the countries are completely within the United Kingdom, one partially, and another is a British dependency. Brittany
Brittany
is part of the French state, and does not have any legislative autonomy, but four départements have some financial autonomy as one of the Regions of France, whilst the fifth département is in another French region. The Republic of Ireland
Ireland
is completely independent. Posts[edit] Nationality is indicated by letters after their names as so:

B – Breton, C – Cornish, I – Irish, M – Manx, S – Scottish, W – Welsh

An arrow indicates the editor relocated to one of the other Celtic countries. General secretaries[edit]

Alan Heusaff: (1961–84), B→I Bernard Moffatt: (1984–88), M Davyth Fear: (1988–90), C Séamas Ó Coileáin: (1990–91), I Bernard Moffat: (1991–2006), M Rhisiart Tal-e-bot: (2006 – present), W→C

Editors of Carn
Carn
(Established 1973)[edit]

Frang MacThòmais: (1973–74), S Pádraig Ó Snodaigh: (1974–77), I Cathal Ó Luain: (1977–81), I Pedyr Pryor: (1981–84), C Pat Bridson: (1984-2013), M→I Rhisiart Tal-e-bot: (2013–present), C

Other posts[edit] The presidency and vice-presidency ran from 1961 to 1971 and were then abolished. They were held by Gwynfor Evans
Gwynfor Evans
(W) and Dr Robert McIntyre (S) respectively for the entire duration of the posts. The successor post, chairman, was held by Pádraig Ó Conchúir (I) from 1972 to 1978, then abolished. J. B. Moffatt was serving as the organisation's director of information as of August 2008[update].[20] See also[edit]

Lists of Celts

References[edit]

^ a b Current Campaigns, celticleague.net. Retrieved 26 February 2016. ^ "Cornwall's Celtic League
Celtic League
Branch Welcomes UN Approval". BBC News. BBC. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2012.  ^ a b c "Aims and Objectives". CelticLeague.net. The Celtic League. Retrieved 11 October 2012.  ^ a b "1987 Celtic League
Celtic League
Annual General Meeting". Carn. The Celtic League (59): 2. Autumn 1987.  ^ a b c Lockerby, M. (2010). "FAQ". Celtic-League.org. Celtic League, International Branch. Archived from the original on 7 February 2005.  ^ a b c d Tal-e-bot, Rhisiart (21 October 2011). "AGM – GS Report on the Celtic Diaspora". CelticLeague.net. The Celtic League.  Missing or empty url= (help) ^ a b "Celtic League, American Branch". CelticLeague.org. Celtic League, American Branch. 2007. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008.  ^ Lockerby, M. (2010). " Celtic League
Celtic League
International". Celtic-League.org. Celtic League, International Branch. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010.  ^ Lockerby, M. (2006). "About Celtic League". Celtic-League.org. Celtic League, International Branch. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006.  ^ "The England Branch of the Celtic League". The Celtic League. The Celtic League. 2007. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007.  (Old CL official website at Manxman.co.im/cleague.) ^ https://www.celticleague.net/news/branch-reaches-out-to-thousands-through-social-media/ ^ "Six Nations, One Soul". CelticLeague.org. Celtic League, American Branch. 2007. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008.  ^ "The Celtic League
Celtic League
Calendar". CelticLeague.org. Celtic League, American Branch. 2008. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008.  ^ "The Celtic League
Celtic League
Calendar". CelticLeague.org. Celtic League, American Branch. 2005. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009.  ^ "Homepage". CelticLeague.org. Celtic League, American Branch. 2008. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010.  ^ "Gaelic added to Scotland
Scotland
strips". BBC News. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2009.  ^ "Gàidhlig air lèintean rugbaidh na h-Alba" (in Scottish Gaelic). BBC Alba. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2012.  ^ " Celtic League
Celtic League
Supports Independence First". Independence First. 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2007.  ^ "Cornish Nationalists Protest Against World Cup England Flags". Metro. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2012.  ^ Moffatt, J. B. (21 August 2008). "Press Information". Celtic-League.org. Celtic League. Archived from the original on 5 December 2009. 

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External links[edit]

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Celtic League
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Celtic League
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Celtic League
on YouTube

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Pan-Celticism

Nations

Celtic League
Celtic League
definition

Brittany Cornwall Ireland Isle of Man Scotland Wales

Other claimants

Asturias Auvergne Cantabria Cumbria Galicia Norte Y Wladfa

Nationalisms

Breton nationalism
Breton nationalism
(history) Cornish nationalism Welsh nationalism Scottish nationalism Irish nationalism
Irish nationalism
(incl. Republicanism) Manx nationalism

Pan-Celtic
Pan-Celtic
groups

Celtic Congress Celtic League Columba Project

Languages

Brythonic (Breton, Cornish & Welsh) Goidelic (Irish, Manx & Scottish Gaelic) Mixed ( Shelta & Bungee)

Peoples

Britons (Bretons, Cornish & Welsh) Gaels
Gaels
(Irish incl. Irish Travellers, Manx & Highland Scots incl. Scottish Travellers)

Culture

Brittany Cornwall Ireland Isle of Man Scotland Wales Celtic art

Music

Brittany Cornwall Ireland Isle of Man Scotland Wales

Festivals

Festival Interceltique de Lorient Pan Celtic Festival Hebridean Celtic Festival Celtic Connections Celtic Media Festival

Sport

Bando Bataireacht Camogie Cammag Cnapan Cornish hurling Cornish wrestling Curling Gaelic football
Gaelic football
(Ladies') Gaelic handball Gouren Rounders Highland games Hurling Road bowls Shinty

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Celts
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