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Pan Celtic Charter in safe hands in Letterkenny

Pan Celtic Launch

Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha from the Pan Celtic International Council handing over of the Pan Celtic Charter by to Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh, Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District and Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council in the presence of members of the Letterkenny Comhaltas group.

 

There was music, song and dance in Letterkenny Public Service Centre this morning as the prestigious Pan Celtic Charter was officially handed over to Letterkenny marking the beginning of the celebrations that will see the Pan Celtic Festival return to Letterkenny in April 2018.

 

The Pan Celtic Festival will see up to 5,000 people attend a range of events and activities in Letterkenny from the 3rd to 8th April celebrating the various Celtic cultures and traditions such as the languages, music, song and sport.

 

Delegates from Cornwall and Wales joined those from Letterkenny today to celebrate the handing over of the Pan Celtic Charter.

 

“The Pan Celtic Charter is an important part of the festival” says Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha, from the Pan Celtic International Council.

 

“It is presented by the Cathaoirleach of The Pan Celtic International Council to the Town Mayor about six months before the date of the festival and the town is then the custodian of the Charter for the year of the Festival”.

 

The charter states in Irish , that  - it is the solemn obligation of the holder to fulfil the aims of Pan Celtic to sustain and promote, the Celtic Languages, Culture, Music, singing, Dance and sport.

 

Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District is delighted to be in a position to accept this Charter on behalf of Letterkenny.  “It is a great honour for Letterkenny to be hosting this prestigious event again in 2018.  We are proud of our Celtic heritage and we are fully committed to continuing to build and strengthen our connections with the various Celtic cultures and traditions.”

 

The main aim of the Festival is to instil, strengthen and exchange the various Celtic cultures and traditions such as the languages, music, song and sport and to encourage inter-Celtic tourism, trade and commerce, and exchange of information.

 

The Pan Celtic Festival is a great opportunity to witness first hand the majestic displays of Celtic dancing, pipe band performances, a colourful street parade and choral performances and even Celtic rock and pop music in all of the Celtic languages from Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany and of course Ireland.

 

Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle was also on hand to accept the Charter and he believes that the Pan Celtic festival is a great opportunity to experience and express what it is to belong to a Celtic country. 

 

“There is little doubt that the Celtic peoples who inhabited the recognized Celtic nations of today left a great heritage for their descendants. Pan Celticism is essentially a recognition that, because of their Celtic origins, the Irish, Manx, Welsh, Scottish, Cornish and Bretons share a special relationship”.

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