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Cooish - Manx Language Week

Tue, 20 Sep 2011

Bannaghtyn - Greetings

As you hopefully know by now the Manx Language Week or Cooish is fast approaching. Held between the 1st and 8th of October the week is an opportunity for us to celebrate the Gaelic language and culture of the Island. 

The full Cooish programme is now available to download at:


whilst you can check out a video preview with me at:


Highlights of the week include a fun-day at the Villa Marina Arcade on Saturday the 1st. There will be information stalls, song and dance workshops as well as an opportunity to find out more about the Manx Language; I'll also be encouraging people to join in the Manx conversation on twitter! Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm

The Ned Maddrell Lecture on the 2nd is with Christopher Moseley, who will be discussing his work as the General Editor of the Third Edition of the UNESCO Atlas of World Languages in Danger. The lecture will be held at St John's Mill and will be an opportunity for us all to learn about the work of UNESCO and why they thought Manx was extinct!  Start time: 2.00pm 

Throughout the week there will be a number of sessions for learners and speakers of the language including a meal on the 6th of October and Leaght y Ghaaue, a lecture entirely through the medium of Manx. This year the lecture will be delivered by Natalie Nic Shim in Ballabeg on Saturday the 8th at 7.00pm

Of course the Cooish is always a  fantastic opportunity to hear some great music; this year is no exception as we welcome Samling to the Island and the Erin Arts Centre on Friday 7th October. Specialising in combining song traditions from Norway and Scotland, the band is recognised as part of a new movement within the European roots scene. Doors open at 7.30pm 

Check out a recording of the group at:


The Manx Heritage Foundation is in the process of developing resources and methodology for the teaching of Manx to adults; with this in mind, we are delighted to welcome Elwyn Hughes Senior Co-ordinator for Welsh courses at the University of Wales in Bangor back to the Island for a training day with teachers of Manx on Saturday, October 8th.

Manx classes ran by the Manx Heritage Foundation use a methodology similar to that in Wales and the next such class for beginners will be ran by myself  in Peel on a Saturday morning from mid-October. Let me know if you'd like more details.

A big thank you / gura mie eu to all those who have supported the Cooish this year including Cains, Long & Humphrey, Manx Telecom, Manx Radio and of course the Manx Heritage Foundation.

Remember you can check out last Year's Cooish Lecture at:



or at:


Gaelg jiu, jea as mairagh - Manx today, yesterday and tomorrow