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A celebration of the Manx language and its sister Gaelic languages planned for June and July 2021

Wed, 03 Feb 2021

From 9 June to 9 July 2021, the Manx Language Network, Jeebin, will be encouraging everyone to celebrate the Manx language under the umbrella name ‘Gaelg21’ which simply means ‘Manx21’. 
Jeebin is keen for everyone in both the language and wider community to be involved in hosting and participating in events and projects. If you’re interested in becoming involved, we’d love you to get in touch by emailing: gaelg@culturevannin.im  

We have tied the celebrations in with an international event called Colmcille1500, which focuses on St Columba and the Gaelic languages in Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Nova Scotia and the Isle of Man. There will be various themes for Colmcille1500 looking at his role as a saint, his relationship to Gaelic languages, his inspiration for heritage, art, as well as environmental issues: https://colmcille.net/colmcille-1500/  

Manx Language Development Officer for Culture Vannin, Ruth Keggin Gell, said:

“We have chosen June and July for Gaelg21 so that we can include Arbory Parish’s Laa Columb Killey, St Columba’s feast day, and Tynwald Day. We are planning a mix of online and real-life events (in line with any restrictions that may be in place at that time), ensuring that Manx speakers and supporters around the world can take part and can enjoy Gaelg21 to the full.”

A schools programme called ‘Manx Mysteries’, run by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, has already begun. Twelve of our Island primary schools have been invited to join in an island-wide quest to solve ancient enigmas and collaborate in creating some valuable memories.

Jo Callister, Advisory Teacher for the Manx Curriculum in the Department of Education, Sport and Culture said:

“A number of generous organisations have offered time and energy, as well as unique gifts and services –including special envelopes with hidden messages, intriguing maps, celebratory anthologies of our language, and mechanical puzzles. There will be a special focus on traditions and the Manx language, and as the year progresses so will the quest!”

The Manx language is one of the Isle of Man’s international success stories. Although relatively small in terms of number of speakers, its impact on worldwide efforts to protect and promote endangered and minority languages is huge. As a result of well-organised community-based initiatives coupled with targeted Isle of Man Government support, the Island is now looked to by many as an example of best practice.