NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE
It was not all scrutiny of minutes and finances or consideration of wordy resolutions when the Celtic League held its AGM this weekend in Dublin the social side of such events also provides a valuable function.
AGM host countries invariably plan a social evening and generally also an event (or events) to show case their culture and tradition. In that regard this years Irish hosts were not found wanting.
Such events are important because in addition to the overarching work of the League relationships can be forged in terms of progressing bi-(or tri)-lateral branch projects.
After the conclusion of the second day’s formal business on Saturday 11th Celtic League delegates later gathered briefly at the social club facility below the administrative buildings of Conradh na Gaeilge.
The evening started on a good note with some impromptu songs in Cornish and Breton from Matt Blewett, Kernow Branch Secretary, and not to be outdone Alba Secretary, Iain Ramsey and others also gave some renditions of Scottish and Irish ballads.
Subsequently delegates moved a few streets away to enjoy a lively evening of exceptionally good Irish traditional music and also convivial conversation on inter-celtic issues.
On the following (Sunday) afternoon it was time for social intercourse of a different and more contemplative type, when Irish delegates hosted a (3 hour) working tour of Dublin which focused on significant sites relevant to the Irish Independence struggle across the City.
(The DOI, who was catching an early plane back and could not therefore attend the organised event, spent the morning and early afternoon on Sunday visiting a number of sites such as Arbour Hill and Kilmainham Jail, where the leaders of the Easter Rising were executed).
As indicated in an earlier CL News post Ireland is gearing up at present to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising. This was an event of huge importance not only for Ireland but for all colonial peoples at that time under British rule. In that context it is both thought provoking and sombre to visit sites where people waged a struggle and gave their lives so their Nation could be free.
J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
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