I have been following the various discussions in Jan
08 and this month as well, and have been quiet on the
list for a very long time. I have a couple of comments
which may be helpful:
The island you are looking for, (in reference to
Alasdair McEoghan/McEwen is Cape Breton Island, which
is part of the province of Nova Scotia. The province
of Nova Scotia proper is attached to mainland Canada.
The city of Halifax, is on mainland NS (Nova Scotia).
However, the email and address posted for Mr McEwen
was in Toronto, Ont, associated with the University of
Toronto, quite a distance from the Maritimes(all
eastern seaboard provinces excluding Newfoundland) and
The university in NS which is reknowned for its
Celtic studies , St Francis Xavier's also on the NS
mainland, in Antigonish.
From St FX website at:
"Celtic Studies is a broad field that includes the
languages, literatures and histories of the Celtic
peoples. Thus it ranges in scope from the Continental
Celts of ancient Gaul to the modern Celtic languages
of Scottish, Irish and Manx Gaelic and Welsh, Cornish
and Breton. The study of one or more of these
languages is an important step towards understanding
where many of our most important cultural, linguistic,
and social institutions originate. The discipline of
Celtic Studies contributes to a broader pursuit of
Western civilization: archaeology, art, monasticism,
languages, and literature.
StFX is one of the few universities in Canada offering
the study of Celtic languages and the literature and
history of the Celts from about 800 BC to the present.
We possess one of the finest collections of Scottish
Gaelic works and recorded Scottish Gaelic Folklore in
Canada, supplemented by substantial holdings in the
other areas of Celtic studies. Major initiatives in
the department include the Gaelic Language and
Folklore Project and the Chair of Gaelic Studies.
The undergraduate program provides an introduction to
Celtic literature, bardic poetry, introductory
language courses, and history. Celtic courses may be
chosen as electives. StFX is the only university in
North America offering three years of Scottish
I have heard rumours that ST FX is considering
offering some of its Celtic studies courses via
distance education, although I dont know if anything
has come of that idea.
There is also an official Irish Gaelteach established
recently near Kingston Ont, recognized by the Irish
Other Gaelic speaking areas in Canada, outside of Cape
Breton Is. include an area on the Grey-Bruce peninsula
on Lake Huron (Ont) up around Meaford, as well as some
areas up around Perth and Lanark (Ont) in the Eastern
Townships near the Quebec-Ontario border. These latter
two are Scottish Gaelic areas. The Irish and Scottish
Gaelic languages are not limited to Nova Scotia esp.
Cape Breton Is.
If anyone is wanting to study Irish, there is an
excellent course available online, with tutorial
support, at Conradh na Gaeilge Shasana Nua/ The Gaelic
League of New England:
I also have a question/comment/thought provoking idea
in regards to Kenneth's post of Jan 30:
that one's Celtic heritage is a very good way to
differentiate one's self in a way that is not fanciful
Yes, here in Canada, Scottish and Irish Diaspora
descendents are recognized as distinct cultures and so
duly noted on the Canadian census.
, it doesn't make sense, he states, for the R1b1 and
R1b1c of Ireland to simply adopt the language and
religion of the Proto-Celts leaving the Basque
language and religion.
In a related genetic text, it appears that the largest
percentage of mDNA in the British Isles, is not Celtic
at all, but traces back much earlier to the Mesolithic
people wandering about after the ice retreated.
Does anyone have any ideas or proposals to explain how
the Iron Age Celtic culture became the dominant
culture of the British Isles while the genetics of
that culture did not become dominant throughout the
populations already inhabiting the Isles prior to the
rise of Celtic culture in the Iron Age? Could it be
that, the cultures in the Isles extant with the Con
tinental Celts in the Iron Age borrowed Celtic culture
through trade and other social exchanges? Any ideas?
I am very interested to hear any ideas regarding this
topic, as Raferty and others have posited that Irish
craftmen copied La Tene style and made it uniquely
their own, which seems to suggest there was no Celtic
invasion or large scale immigration to the Isles by
people we think of as Celts, at least in the way
which has been previously put forth by earlier Celtic
(Sorry for lack of fadas in appropriate places, I have
to re-set my language settings.)
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