Bard Vannin – Annie Kissack – Manx Bard

Annie Kissack was elected as the fifth Manx Bard in August 2018.

On Saturday 12th January, she treated the audience to a wide selection of her work – some in a serious vein, some decidedly light-hearted, but all imbued with her love of the Island and very often drawing on reminiscences of her childhood.

Along with her […]

Reapers, Clogs and Pulpits – Mike Clague

Mike Clague is an engaging and erudite speaker and his talk about the Kelly dynasty of craftsmen and engineers was packed full of interesting details. The whole talk was beautifully illustrated with special effects and even music.

Starting with a photograph of Patrick Kelly, Mike remarked on his long career as a schoolmaster in Kirk Michael, […]

International Celtic Congress 2018

After the formal business of the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 3rd November, Sandra Caley gave an illustrated talk about the 2018 International Celtic Congress which was held 16th-21st July in Kemper, Breizh (Quimper, Brittany). The theme this year was The Development of Celtic Languages through Social Media. The Manx presentation had been given by Phil […]

Cosheeaght mygeayrt Balley Beg – A Walk round Ballabeg

Noel Cringle OBE – Patron of the Manx Branch of the Celtic Congress – was an energetic, humorous and informative guide on Saturday 5th May after more than a dozen people met at The Friary in Ballabeg. The rough beginnings of the Friary Church were improved upon during the time of Sir William de Montacute, […]

Loayrtys Pat Skillicorn – HMS Urley and beyond : a personal perspective

With Peter Killey unable to come to talk about the history of the IOM Fire Brigade, we were greatly indebted to Pat Skillicorn for stepping into the breach at short notice, and for giving such an interesting talk.

Using her own family history, Pat showed how that fitted into the broader social history and events of […]

Loayrtys – William Kennish – Talk

On Saturday 10th March, there was an illustrated talk about Manx inventor, engineer, teacher, poet and explorer – polymath – William Kennish. The talk was given by Bob Carswell, and followed William Kennish’s eventful life from the Corrany in Maughold in 1799 to Brooklyn in New York in 1862.

What came between those dates is an […]

Manks Concert

Moylley as soylley dauesyn ooilley ren ayrn y ghoaill ‘sy Chuirrey Kiaullee Manninagh!  Congratulations to all those who took part in the Manks Concert! The evening was a great success, thanks to the talented artists who performed music, song and the spoken word.

The night’s entertainment was off to a beautiful, harmonious start with the voices […]

Suffragettes in the Isle of Man

On Saturday 3rd February at 2.30pm in the Guild Room, alongside the Methodist Church in Atholl Street, Peel, Hazel Hannan gave a very interesting talk about the Suffragettes and their Manx connection. However, although propertied spinsters and widows were given the vote in 1881, there was no agitation leading up to it, other than the […]

Loayrtys liorish Keith Watterson – A talk by Keith Watterson

Old telephones and telephone directories were the subject of a lot of interest at the end of an engaging illustrated talk by Keith Watterson, A Story of the Telephone Kiosk.

Some of the early telephone boxes, or offices, were quite ornate, elaborate affairs. Keith outlined their development, including the iconic 1935 K6 telephone kiosk designed by […]

Baase Roy Kennaugh – Death of Roy Kennaugh

S’treih lhien dy mooar eh dy dooar nyn garrey mie, Roy Kennaugh, baase doaltattym 27oo Mee ny Nollick 2017.

Myr Screeuder Banglane Manninagh y Chohaglym Celtiagh, ren Roy gobbraghey lesh bree as lesh ard-jeeanid, ‘naght cheddin as ayns dy chooilley red va jeant echey. Ta erreeish s’diuney ain er e lught-thie as er ny ymmodee, ymmodee […]

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