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Australian Celtic Festival celebrates Tynwald Day

This year’s Tynwald Day has been marked by the Australian Celtic Festival.

Acknowledged as the premier Celtic event of New South Wales, the four-day festival held annually in early May recognises different Celtic nations each year, with 2020 themed ‘The Year of Ireland and the Isle of Man’.

In honour of the Isle of Man’s National Day, the Australian Celtic Festival organisers devoted the afternoon of Sunday July 5th to celebrating Tynwald Day, an occasion which included raising the Manx national flag at the Australian Standing Stones.

Located in the highlands of Glen Innes, The Stones are a national monument to Celtic people past and present and acknowledge the contribution to Australian culture made by people from the Celtic communities of Asturias, Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.

The celebrations opened with an introduction to the history of Tynwald Day by chairman of the Australian Standing Stones management board Judi Toms, followed by readings of well wishes extended by the President of the London Manx Society Alastair Kneale and by the President of Tynwald, the Hon Steve Rodan OBE MLC.

In his letter of June 19th to Glen Innes Severn Council’s Tourism and Events Officer Rhonda Bombell Mr President wrote: ‘It is with pleasure that I have learned from the President of the London Manx Society, Mr Alastair Kneale, that this year the Australian Celtic Festival intends to raise the Manx National Flag in Glen Innes, home to the National Monument to the Celtic people.  This is to be on 5th July, the Manx National Day.

‘It is a great honour to the people of the Isle of Man that the historical bonds between the peoples of Mann and other Celtic nations are actively remembered in Australia, and I send warmest greetings to the Australian Celtic Festival on this day with our deep gratitude through the following message:

“On behalf of Tynwald and the people of the Isle of Man, I send warm fraternal greetings to the Australian Celtic Festival on Tynwald Day.

Steve Rodan, President of Tynwald.

Ass lieh Tinvaal as cummaltee Ellan Vannin saillym cur bea as slaynt dys yn Eailley Celtiagh Australianagh er Laa Tinvaal.

Steve Rodan, Eaghtyrane Tinvaal.’”

Reflecting on the event Mr President said: ‘The Isle of Man and Australia may be separated by many thousands of miles, but our two nations will always be united in a shared commitment to preserving and promoting our heritage and history, which illustrate our past and enrich our communities.’

Mr President’s letter can be viewed on the Australian Celtic Festival’s website, www.australiancelticfestival.com/latest-news.

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For more information contact:
Jonathan King
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings
Douglas
IM1 3PW
Tel: 01624 686303
Published - 02/09/2020