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General Celtic Information

* For a nifty collection of general information on celtic related topics including the Thistle & Shamrock, gifs of the celtic flags, etc. try the nifty page created by Padraig Murphy, Irish and Celtic thingies

* The Dalraida Celtic Heritage Society, based in Arran, have amassed a great storehouse of Gaelic and Celtic information and documents. They also have a celtic quarterly newsletter and subscription and membership information may be found here. The Society is dedicated to preserving and restoring the Celtic culture.

* Irish Interest is a collection of irish related links maintained by Desmond Keane, and is well worth a good many looks!

* North American Assoc. for Celtic Language Teachers now has a home page and from here you can also come across some other interesting celtic and gaelic stuff which seems to be developing rather quickly. At this link you can learn about the NAACLT, how to join, their conferences and journal information.

* Paddy Waldron has also done more excellent work in setting up a page concerning the availability of gaelic on the Web, available here.

* Ireland On Line IoL has much to offer the net surfer. Dip in here for some interesting and informative pages! IOL

* For a good page describing a great many things dealing with celtic music, Gerard Manning ceolas@aisling.stanford.edu has made a great page containing a wealth of information including discographies, festival lists, lyrics of tunes, an archive of music for tunes including abc formats for pipe tunes, information of buying celtic music, session lists and bibliographies. Just click here to get there.

* It seems many people need to know where to look for Highland clothing. The kilt was worn in all the gaelic speaking areas, from Cork up to the top of the Outer Hebrides. In my opinion, one of the best outfitter to be found is

Geoffrey Tailor Highland Crafts Ltd
57-59 High Street (2 doors up from John Knox's house)
Royal Mile
Edinburgh
EH1 1SR
Tel: 031 557 0256

The propriator's name is Geoffrey Nicholsby and it is a family run operation with a satellite store in San Francisco and a van that hits many Highland Games in North America. Tell Geoffrey you heard about him here so that he will believe in the power of the net! He also has a sail boat called Haggis Basher.

Kilt wearers note! Women in Scotland do not wear kilts unless they are pipers or highland dancers! They wear kilted skirts. Men do not wear kilted skirts unless they are trying to look like women!-)

* The Thesaurus Linguarum Hiberniae project. Texts currently available are: Aisling ”enguso, and The Annals of the Four Masters, Annala Riogachta Eireann, 1589-1616. Latter: different file for each year.

* The Irish Emigrant is an excellent source of irish news available in an on-line format from editor Liam Ferrie. This electronic newspaper is is ditributed weekly and contains a great deal of news from "home" valuable to many ex-pats and others who just want to have a good feel for what is going on in Ireland. We feel that the The Irish Emigrant is a great complementary source of information when used in conjunction with the RT… news broadcasts, allowing you to get topical information immeadiately and more in-depth coverage in a summary form every week. Subscriptions IRL 25 (US$ 35) to ferrie@iol.ie. Past issues are archived at IOL. Subscribe and support people that are doing good work!.

* A definitive page of irish information can be found here tapadh le Fionn Murtagh! This site has information on just about everything, so surf here and get hooked.

* The Irish and Social Information Club has a home page and the group tries to help gaels acclimatize to a new home in the States.

*For some examples of how the celts have not only mastered their own language but also the language of their cultural oppressors, here is a collection of poetry from Seamus Heaney

* While Scots is a completely seperate language from gaelic, be it scots gaelic, irish gaelic or manx gaelic, it is still a native tounge to the celtic lands and here are some examples by one of its finest native poets, Rabbie Burns read by Lisa Foster Corse Mehan, a native of Prestwick.

* The Breacan Tartan is no doubt one of the most easily recognized celtic icons, a style of weaving which was identified as being worn by the celts by the earliest roman historical contacts. Although easily recognized, it is amazing how many myths exist about it and how misled the public perception of this mode of weaving has become.Click here to go to a nifty collection of tartans and to learn some truth about the tartan, made available by Stephen Watson. Another great site for tartans exists, aimed at dos pc users and easily adaptable to making backgrounds. All this work has been done by J. Andrea.

* Mark Nodine has set up a welsh page that has very good lessons. To start learning some welsh, a p-celtic tounge, just click here

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