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National Contact:
The Celtic Council of Australia
Established in 1982; Incorporated (in NSW) in 2001
(Inc No 9876764); ABN 77 927 169 457

Convenor - Mrs Margaret Sharpe
Phone: 02 4977 3072; Email: Convenor

Hon. Secretary
Postal address: c/o Unit 2 / 22-24 Alton Road, Cooranbong NSW 2265; Email: Secretary

Hon. Treasurer, Jean-Pierre Le Loc'h
Postal Address: Unit 4/64 Palmer St, Cammeray, NSW 2062
Membership: Joining fee $15 per person, Individual renewal $40 pa, Other types, on application. Contact: Email: Treasurer

For ALL web site matters contact the Webmaster E-mail direct: Celtic Council Webmaster

Welcome to this site - this Page puts you in connection with the Celtic Council of Australia
We hope you enjoy your stay! Splan!

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The Webmaster's personal selection of Celtic Places on the Web - reachable by clicking below :

CCA Facebook page
Celtic Council of Australia - Queensland
The Celtic League - International
Celtic Congress International (New site)
Celtic Congress - International (old site - archived)
Celtic Studies at Sydney University
Australian Institute of Celtic Studies - Newcastle
Celtic Students Social Group - (NSW) facebook page
Australian Celtic Festival - Glen Innes
Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes NSW
Caledonian and Celtic Society of Glen Innes - c/o 172 Herbert Street, Glen Innes, NSW 2370
Ph: 02 6732.4966 or contact email: Donnelly_susan_david@hotmail.com
The Celtic Link - International
House of Tartan
Caer Australis
Celtic Connection Choir - Brisbane
Celtic Countries web magazine
41st International Pan Celtic Festival - Carlow Eire 2012 - 10/15th April 2012
Dunedin Celtic Arts Festival, NZ
Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers or Margaret Winnett (or 02 9150 6765)
www.harpirishsetdancers.com or Tel. Trish McGrath (02 9580 4865)
Scoil na Gaeilge, Sydney
Visit Ireland
Republic of Ireland - Government
Irish Heritage (WA based)
St Patrick's Day Parade (Sydney based)
Celtic Club (Irish) Melbourne (commercial)
Queensland Irish Association (Brisbane based)
The Irish Echo (commercial publication)
The Blarney Bulletin Irish & Celtic (commercial publication)

Scottish Australian Heritage Council
Scotland Independence Referendum 2014
'Yes Scotland' Campaign
Scottish House - 62 Railway Pde, Granville, NSW
Tartan Mill Scotland - Former D.C.Dalgleish Mill (commercial)
Comunn Gàidhlig Astràilia (The Scottish Gaelic Association of Australia)
Scotland's Government
Scotland's Parliament
Independence White Paper
Scottish National Party (SNP)
Newsnet Scotland (community media)
Wings over Scotland pro independence review blog
Scotland - The Official Online Gateway
Canberra Scottish Highland Society & Burns Club
Highland Games & Celtic Festivals
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Australian Gaelic Singers - C̣isir Ghàidhlig Astràilianach

Scots Heritage Society
Scottish Banner (commercial publication)
Scottish Banner's List of Events
Bocan TV in Ghaidhlig - for children
Cli Gaidhlig - Learn the Scots Gaelic language
Sabhal Ṃr Ostaig - Gaelic language courses from Skye

The Sydney Welsh Society - Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Cymry Sydney
National Assembly for Wales - Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
Welsh Nationalist Party ( Plaid Cymru )
Click on Wales
Welsh in Australia Whats On Index
St Davids Welsh Society of Brisbane Inc.
The Welsh Society - Newcastle & Hunter Region

Sydney Welsh Choir

Cantorion Cymreig - Victoria Welsh Choir
Melbourne Male Voice Choir
Southern Highlands Welsh Society Inc. email - Cymdeithas Gymraeg Ucheldir Ddeol - PO Box 417 Moss Vale NSW 2577
Say it in Welsh - learn some Cymraig (Welsh language)
Menter Patagonia - Welsh in Patagonia
Gladiad - The Welsh in Patagonia
Watch and sing along - Ymo O Hyd - Wer'e still here!

Cornish Associations in Australia - Cowethasow Kernewek yn Australya
(Access to all Cornish Associations in Australia (SA, WA, NSW, QLD, Victoria (incl Bendigo, and Ballarat, Geelong & Borderers Branches), and Southern Sons of Cornwall)
Cornish Association of NSW
NSW Cornish heritage site pages

Southern Sons of Cornwall Inc (SSOC) - NSW
The Cornish Gorsedd - Gorsedh Kernow
Institute of Cornish Studies (UoE)
Federation of Old Cornwall Societies & Diaspora page
Mebyon Kernow - The Party for Cornwall - Cornwall's 'Cornwall only' political party
Maga Kernow - Cornish Language Partnership
Cornwall 24 net e-magazine - Independent Pro-Cornish magazine, with links to a forum and other great news sites
Learn Cornish by correspondence (old) or new site Kesva's new KDL
Cornwall Council - Konsel Kernow (Alas only an England based Unitary Authority, as yet)
The Real Story of the Duchy of Cornwall
Cornish Culture - Celebrate Kernow - aggregation of Crnish cultural links
Cowethas Sen Perran - Cornish Celtic Christianity (religious)
Cornish Zetetics - a wide range of strong views, and links to other Blogs in Cornwall
Cornwall On-Line - Tourism Magazine (commercial)
This Is Cornwall - Media hub (commercial)

Manx Society of NSW
Queensland Manx Society - Chesnaght Manninagh Queensland
Victoria Manx Society - Contact: Tel: (03) 9848 5115; Address: 6 Burgundy Drive, Doncaster, Vic 3108
Manx Language & Literature
Mannin - Tynwald Site
Mannin - Government Site
Visit Isle of Man
Mann Link Travel Ltd
Isle of Man Forums
Ynsee Gaelg - Learn the Manx language

Bretagne/ Brittany Home Page
Diwan - Breton Youth Education - (in Brezhoneg (Breton) & French)
A Breton Keltek site - (in French)
An Tour Tan - (in French) Le Serveur de la Disapora Breton
Kervarker - Breton Language (In English / Brezhoneg)
Festival Interceltique de Lorient
Agence Bretagne Presse (commercial publication)
The Breton Connection Blog
Gwagenn TV
Bretons in Sydney

Galicia - Pathways for discovery
About Galicia
Celtic Galicia
International Festival of the Celic World - Ortigueira, Galicia
Dioiva - an online newspaper in Galician
For more information email: jameswill@optusnet.com.au

Celtic Asturias
Some Asturian links

Why not enjoy some Celtic 'battle' anthem music from the Ragged Band while you browse this page: "Flower of Scotland" and "Trelawney"

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Feature Report - Celtic Council celebrates 30 years

The Celtic Council was formed on 24th March, 1982, as a peak body for Celtic community organisations and has continued through the support of many individuals and organisations from within the Celtic communities over those years.

The first meeting was marked 30 years later in 2012 with a short ceremony at the Celtic Studies Foundation at Sydney University, founding member Clare Dunne accepting a certificate to note the milestone.

On 20 April, 2013 after 30 years had been completed by the Steering Committee, it held a lunch at the Kirribilli Club to commemorate. Current Convenor Margaret Sharpe cut the huge birthday cake, and foundation member Chris Dunkerley gave a short speech of tribute to those who have sustained the Celtic Council over those 30 years.

Feature Report - Australian Celtic Festival 2012

Since the Celtic Council was formed on 24th March, 1982, as a peak body for Celtic community organisations it has encouraged Celtic activities, including establishing the Australian Standing Stones at Glen Innes along with the local community. After inauguration of the Standing Stones and establishment of Guardians, The Australian Celtic Festival, in Glen Innes, was started in 1992. The Celtic Council of Australia was of course there and here is a very brief report. The 20th festival was held in May 2012. A wonderfull weekend of Celtic nations events and ceremonies, plus a wide range of music, featured Breton and Galician dance, and crafts.

It was designated the Year of Brittany and Galicia (acknowledging Asturias) and was held from 3rd to 7 May, 2012. The special guest was the Spanish Consul-General Senor Gerardo Bugallo Otona. Recognition was given at the Guardians lunch to the milestone of 20 years (see cake). Far too much over the weekend to cover it all!

Roger Thomas, past Covenor of the CCA was honoured by the Festival with a Triquetra Award. Celtic honours awards were bestowed on two people, Mayor Steve Thom (D Ua), and John Mathew was elevated from D Ua to D Urr. More on the Festival here: ACF web site All Celtic communities participate. A report from the Cornish community here: Cornish at ACF

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Feature Report - Celtic Awards Dinner 2011

Since the Celtic Council was formed on 24th March, 1982, as a peak body for Celtic community organisations it has held occasional social functions. The main events on the calendar are the annual Celtic Awards Dinners, held at Celtic New Year, when many of the Celtic honours and other awards are made.

As an example, this report is on the 2011 one which was held on Friday 28 October, 2011 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, West Ryde attended by 60 guests from the Council and many of the Celtic communities. The special guest, and speaker, was the Spanish Consul-General (left) - Gerardo Bugallo Otona

Awards were bestowed on three people, and presented by Margaret Sharpe, CyC, the Convenor of the Cetic Council: Cyfaill y Celtaidd (Friend of the Celt) to Valerie J Cameron Smith; Duine Uasal (Honoured Person) D.Ua to Walter Sinclair Kerr; and a posthumous award of Duine Urramach (Honoured person) D.Urr to Martha Jean Marshall
(awards and those who collected them are on the right)

Thanks go to guests for attending, and special mention to the many sponsors and supporters of the Dinner:
'All the Best - UK Treats', Celtic Contact, Celtic Cottage, Celtic Shenanigans, Celtic Stationery, Judith Warren, Mainly Welsh, Margaret Sharpe, Scottish Accessories Shoppe, Scottish Banner, The Slate Lady, and Mercedes Williams. Thank you all!

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Some Coming Events Information:

Click here for CCA major feature festivals and events


Scottish House - Saturday 5 March, 2016 at Granville NSW (62 Railway Parade) in Scottish House - “Book Day” from 12 noon.
Surplus books & other items will be sold at down, down prices. Free entry. Come along and pick up a bargain on subjects such as Scottish history, genealogy, clans & travel, enjoy a nice tea or coffee with snacks (gold coin donation) & watch a Scottish Diaspora tapestry slide show. Around 2pm meet our guest speaker, author Anne Field, who will tell us about her books and the adventures of her Scottish Grandmother who immigrated to Australia in 1912 from Glasgow.

Welsh Church - At St Peter's Presbyterian Church, cnr Blue Street and Blues Point Road, North Sydney. Services - Second Sunday of month at 3pm

Cantorian Welsh Male Voice Choir - Next Concerts are at: tba

25th Australia Day Celtic Festival - was Bradfield Park, Milsons Point - Tuesday 26 January 2016 (10am to 5.30pm) - 2016 tba
enjoy a full days' programme by the harbour 2016 Program Flyer

St Patrick's Day - Parade, Sydney - March, 2016 www.stpatricksday.org.au

Scottish Week in NSW - Scottish Heritage Week: /June-July 2015 Download Calendar

Scotland Australia Cairn Monday 29 June, 2015 - in Scottish week - 31st Annual formal inspection of the Scotland Australia Cairn, in Rawson Park, Mosman. Mosman Scottish Cairn

Tynwald Day Lunch - Manx Community 12 July, 2015 - contact Margaret Sharpe (02 4977 3072)

112th Annual Highland Gathering, 25 & 26th March 2016 (Easter) - Maclean, NSW, Australia Maclean Highland Gathering

Bundanoon is Brigadoon - 39th Annual Highland Gathering, April 2016 - Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia www.brigadoon.net.au/ Book online to save time for 'Admission'. [NB: 2015 Gathering on 11th April, 2015 is also Bundanoon's 150th Anniversary]

23rd Annual Australian Celtic Festival - Australian Standing Stones - Glen Innes, NSW: Thursday 29 April to Sunday 1 May, 2016. It will be the Year of Wales! More details also from Glen Innes Tourism and from Australian Celtic Festival web site

9th David Berry Celtic Festival - 2015 - 28 May, 2015 (9:30am to 4pm) - Berry Showground, Berry NSW. Massed Bands, Celtic Singers, Irish Dancers, Colonial Dancers, Caber Tossing/Haggis Hurling, Celtic societies, and Clans, (Enq. 02 4234.1346), coldot@shoal.net.au

Kangaroo Valley Celtic Gala Day Sunday 30 August, 2015 - Kangaroo Valley Showground, NSW (9am - 3pm) - Enquiries Tom 02 4443 0575 or 0413 027 227 (Prices: $5 adult, $15 family)

A small ceremony at the Australian Standing Stones on the afternoon of each Celtic Nation's National Day by The Australian Standing Stones Management Board
After the relevant nation's flag is lowered, the national anthem sung and there is a short speech concerning the saint and the nation. We usually finish this off with a toast to the patron saint.
This ceremony is held at the flag-pole outside the Crofter's Cottage and commences 5.30/6.00pm in summer and 5.00pm in winter.
The dates of course are:
WALES - St.David's Day - 1st March ; CORNWALL - St. Piran's Day - 5th March; IRELAND - St. Patrick's Day - 17th March ; [these 3 are on summer time]
BRITTANY - St. Yve's Day - 19th May; ISLE OF MAN - Tynwald Day - 5th July; GALICIA - St. James' Day - 25th July; [winter times]
SCOTLAND - St. Andrew's Day - 30th November [summer time]
For more details contact the Glen Innes Caledonian and Celtic Society - Email: Donnelly_susan_david@hotmail.com Or phone 02 6732.4966

143rd Annual NSW Highland Gathering - Last held 4 November, 2012, 10am - 5pm. Important: NO gathering is to be held in 2014. Where: Castle Hill Showground - enter off Carrington Road, Castle Hill. Organiser: Combined Scottish Societies of NSW Inc. Phone: (02) 9524 4943 or (02) 9625 0840


Beechworth Celtic Festival - Beechworth - VIC - November, 2015
Contact info: web site has contacts, email info@beechworthcelticfestival.com.au or Ph: 1300366312 (Beechworth information centre) or write to P.O. Box 318 Beechworth Vic 3747

The National Celtic (Folk) Festival - 5-7 June, 2015 at Portarlington - Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria
(on Port Phillip Bay on the Bellarine Peninsular. Details see web site.
Festival Contact E-Mail celtic@pipeline.com.au> or Phone 0409 017 130
For further information about the National Celtic Festival contact PO Box 1314 Geelong, Vic. 3220; or e-mail: mail@nationalcelticfestival.com
For Program / Press enquiries - Una McAlinden (Director) on 0403 192 631.

58th Geelong Highland Gathering at Deakin University's Campus at Waurn Ponds, Geelong - March, 2015. Expanded in 2013 it also hosts a Scottish folk music concert. Solo piping and drumming competitions on Saturday, March 2, (when entry is free). Pipe band competitions, heavy games, Highland dancing and Scottish Country dancing, Highland martial arts and a market - will be held on Sunday. On the Saturday night, 7:30pm, a Concert for the Clans will be held in the K.D Stewart Centre at the university, which seats 600 people and some top Scottish folk groups will perform including Taliska, Red Cat and local Geelong group Myra McCrae and Clan. $25 adults, U15 $15. (www.concertfortheclans.com.au for more info). Geelong Highland Gathering Contact: The Secretary, G.H.G.A, P.O.Box 798, Geelong, Victoria 3220 or Phone: (03) 5221 7224 (after hours), Email: daryl.mclure7@bigpond.com


Queenland Celtic Festival - Helidon - October 2015 - Railway Street, Helidon, Qld - 9am to 3pm. Live music, Pipe bands, Celtic Art, books, and History, Medieval Re-enactment, Highland Games, and much more. Enquiries: 0403 434 623


Kernewek Lowender - 22nd Cornish Festival (plus Celtic content) - Kadina/Moonta/Wallaroo, S.A. - 18 to 24 May, 2015 - PO Box 305 Wallaroo SA 5556; Ph: (08) 8821 2333 , 1800 654 991.


'Celtic Shindig': The Best Celtic Party in 2013 - tba - Contact: Perth Metro Pipe Band - Phone: 0403 282 410 Email: events@perthmetropb.com.au Web: www.perthmetropb.com.au/

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The Story of the Celtic Council of Australia :

The Celtic Council was formed on 24th March, 1982 at a public meeting held at 213 Clarence St Sydney, by representatives of five of the six then known Celtic Communities in NSW. The Council was established with a vision of being over time a wider and more Australia-wide body. In attendance were 22 people - for the Scots, Irish, Welsh, Cornish, and Manx communities - Peter Alexander, Katherine Graham, Angus MacKenzie, David Scotland, Peter Olsen, Rosemary Samios, Anne-Marie Whitaker, D. Kennedy, Ruairidh Boid, B.G. Taylor, Chris Dunkerley, G.B. Ferrow, A.H. Spire, Catrenia Phillips, Bernard. K. Martin, W. John Coombs, Julie Moffat, E. Williams, Jean Williams, Clare Dunne, Alan Duncan. An interim steering committee was formed, with Peter Alexander as Convenor. A Breton representative attended the next meeting. The 1st AGM was held a year later on 27 April, 1983 with 34 present.

Its Incorporation in 2001 at NSW level was a step to improving Australia wide operations. In July 2003 the newly elected Council standing committee voted in principle to in the future reconstitute as a NSW level body, and endorsed a National Constitution which has gone to similar Victorian and Queensland groups for consideration.

The key instigator and driving force behind the Celtic Council project was Mr Peter Alexander, then of the Scottish Heritage Council, and he was elected as the first Convenor of the Council and of its Steering Committee. After 17 years continuous and distinguished service Peter retired and was recognised with the top Celtic honour (C tu C) and was appointed to the Committee as a 'life member'. Peter sadly passed away on 26th December 2003 but a huge legacy of his in the form of the Celtic Council of Australia Inc. lives on!

Under Peter's care the Council was involved in the launch of the Australian Celtic Journal, development of academic courses at universities and other centres, the instigation of the Australian Standing Stones at Glen Innes NSW, with the Australian Celtic Festival there, the Celtic Australia Day Festival at North Sydney NSW, and recognition of the National Celtic Folk Festival in Geelong, Vic.

The 20th year of the Council's existence saw it become an incorporated body, and expansion of the Committee of Management has brought fresh ideas for it's 3rd decade. This web site's continued development is one of those. A major review of the Council's vision, mission, and objectives, and it's national and state roles, was undertaken.

The Convenor who followed Peter for 5 years of consolidation of its structures and festival growth was Mr Roger Thomas (T en U, Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd) of the Cornish community. The next Convenor from 2004/2005 to 2006/2007 was Mr Rory McCrudden, the first of the Irish community.

The current Convenor (2007/2008 to 2015/2016) is Mrs Margaret Sharpe CyC of the Manx Community who has seen the Council complete its 30th year, and beyond.

State level organisations of the Celtic Council of Australia Inc. exist in NSW and Queensland (and previously in the ACT). Discussions had been held with kindred groups in Victoria, Tasmania and SA. Formation of other state level organisations in various states / Territories would be welcomed.

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Celtic Education & Training in NSW:

University of Sydney - Sydney, NSW - Celtic Studies undergraduate courses, post graduate studies
Celtic Studies Foundation - Sydney University (web page not available) - lunch time lectures (email for details)
Australian Institute of Celtic Studies - Newcastle, NSW - Further education courses for the Hunter, and elsewhere by Distance Education. Contact: AICS email
Scoil na Gaeilge Sydney - Irish Language School, Sydney: Irish language classes and events

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The Australian CELTIC JOURNAL:

The Celtic Council has published an academic journal - The Australian Celtic Journal

The Australian Celtic Journal was established in 1988 by the Celtic Council of Australia. The aim of the Journal was to provide a quality forum for Australian Celticists, both academics and community members. Since 1988 thirteen (13) issues have appeared!

Edition No. 13 is the current one! Order now ... bigger, it has exciting new content and came out in late October 2015 (price $40.00 incl post&pack)
The 3 previous editions (No. 9, Sept 2010, No. 10, March 2012, No. 11, October 2013, No. 12, October 2014 ) - still have copies available!

NEW Click here: Australian Celtic Journal to find out more and to order or make an enquiry.

(Back issues from most previous editions are available at a cost depending on the edition (From $10.00 each (plus postage); or as mixed sets). For further information please write to the Celtic Council )

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Some Celtic Festivals in Australia:

Celtic Council organised or recognised:
23rd Australian Celtic Festival - Australian Standing Stones - Glen Innes - NSW - 30 April to 3 May, 2015 - the Year of Wales. More details from Glen Innes Tourism

25th Celtic Australia Day Festival - in Bradfield Park, Milson's Point (North Sydney) - NSW - Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January 2016 (10am - 5:30pm)
Contact: CCA Secretary - Email: Secretary

Australian National Celtic Folk Festival - at Portarlington - VIC - 10 to 13 June, 2016

Other recognised Celtic, or Celtic Community, Festivals:
Kernewek Lowender - 23rd Cornish Festival (plus Celtic content) - Kadina/Moonta/Wallaroo, S.A. - 16 to 21 May, 2017 - PO Box 305 Wallaroo SA 5556; Ph: (08) 8821 2333 , 1800 654 991.
22nd Beechworth Celtic Festival - Beechworth - VIC - Friday 4 to Sunday 6 November, 2016.
The festival will again feature music, dancing, the street parade of mass piped bands and the array of street and free performances that abound in this festival town.
Contact info: web site has contacts, email info@beechworthcelticfestival.com.au or Ph: 1300366312 (Beechworth information centre) or write to P.O. Box 318 Beechworth Vic 3747

Kapunda Celtic Festival - Kapunda, SA - Next expected September 2017. For next Festival details contact Vicki (08) 8564.0462 ah
Scottish Week in NSW - June / July 2016 - Contact: 02 9982 6229
Bundanoon is Brigadoon / 40th Annual Highland Gathering (Scots, with Celtic content) - April, 2017 Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, NSW
Mosman - Annual Inspection of the Cairn - 12 noon, a day in June 2017 - at the Scottish Cairn, Rawson Park, Mosman - NSW. (Contact Gordon Connon on 02 9968 1854 or email: connonhg@optusnet.com.au).
9th Berry Celtic Festival - Saturday 28th May, 2016 (usually the 4th Saturday) - at the David Berry Showground, Berry NSW. Enquiries: Col Hanbridge coldot@shoal.net.au or Contact 02 4234 1346
12th Bonnie Wingham Celtic Festival - Friday 27 to Sunday 30 May, 2016 (other activities during the week) - Wingham, NSW (Enq. 02 6553.2582) or email: lochaber@tsn.cc - or www.manninghistorical.org/BonnieWingham2016.html
113th Maclean Highland Gathering - Friday 14 - Saturday 15 April, 2017- Maclean, NSW. www.macleanhighlandgathering.com.au
17th Aberdeen Highland Games - Saturday 2 July, 2016 - Aberdeen, NSW Web site
Clans on the Coast: 9th Celtic Festival. Events from Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 September, 2016 - Main Festival gathering is on the Saturday - ie. march, stalls and varied Celtic entertainment. Plus Ceilidh (Sat night), kirking of tartan (Sun. am) - refer for full details to www.clansonthecoast.com
Largest Cornish Festival in the world: 23rd Kernewek Lowender York Peninsular, South Australia - 16th to 21st May, 2017 (44 years on!)
59th Geelong Highland Gathering at Deakin University's Campus at Waurn Ponds, Geelong - March, 2016. Expanded again in 2013 it hosted a Scottish folk music concert. Solo piping and drumming competitions on Saturday, March 2, (when entry is free). Pipe band competitions, heavy games, Highland dancing and Scottish Country dancing, Highland martial arts and a market - will be held on Sunday, March 3. On the Saturday night, 7:30pm, a Concert for the Clans will be held in the K.D Stewart Centre at the university, which seats 600 people and some top Scottish folk groups will perform including Taliska, Red Cat and local Geelong group Myra McCrae and Clan. $25 adults, U15 $15. (www.concertfortheclans.com.au for more info). Geelong Highland Gathering Contact: The Secretary, G.H.G.A, P.O.Box 798, Geelong, Victoria 3220 or Phone: (03) 5221 7224 (after hours), Email: daryl.mclure7@bigpond.com

Some other known Celtic or Celtic Community events:
University of Sydney - Celtic Studies Lunchtime Lectures - 1 to 2pm (Most 4th Fridays of the month) - usually Room S325 Woolley Building (Celtic Studies Foundation) - ring Suzanne Jamieson 02 9351 2081
18th Kilmore Celtic Festival - 26 to 28 June, 2015 Kilmore, Victoria Tickets - Ring 03 5781 1711 or email:
Gippsland Celtic Music Festival - Not known if still held - please advise - was Second last weekend of November at Neerim South, Victora: E-mail
133rd NSW Highland Gathering - Sunday 4th November, 2012, 9am - 5pm. Where: Castle Hill Showground - enter off Carrington Road, Castle Hill. Tickets at the gate. Organiser: Combined Scottish Societies of NSW Inc. Phone: Info - George Milton (02) 9524 4943 or Dorothy Keers (02) 9625.0840 Bookings, email: Hughes_32@optusnet.com.au
Celtic Festival of Queensland - Helidon - Sunday 28 October, 2012 - Live music, Pipe bands, Celtic Art, books, and History, Medieval Re-enactment, Highland Games, and much more. Enquiries: 0403 434 623. 9am - 3pm. Railway Street, Helidon, Qld. Helidon or ring 0408 435 436
Tullamore Irish Festival - Tullamore, NSW - 28 to 31 March, 2013 (Easter) (10th annual festival) Tullamore or Email Enquiries or ring Parkes Visitors Centre 02 6862 6000
Birregurra Celtic Festival - Birregurra, via Colac, Victoria - was last held on 27 to 29 May, 2011 Festivals - Birregurra area

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The Australian Celtic Honours system:

The Celtic Council awards Celtic honours for meritorious service to Celtic affairs, with a right to use a distinctive post nominal.

The Honours:

From time to time, or four times a year on the traditional Celtic seasonal festival days; Imbolc, Beltaine, Lugnasa and Samhain; the committee will award honours to be known as Australian Celtic Honours

Such honours awarded currently consist of the following 5 categories:

  • Duine Uasal (Post nominal - D Ua) (From the Irish language - "Honoured Person / (Celtic) Gentleman or woman"). To be awarded to persons who have given honourable service to a single Celtic community, or on a particular occasion, or whom the Celtic Council of Australia wishes to so honour. (green pin/ribbon)

  • Duine Urramach (D Urr) (From Scots Gaelic - "Noble Person / Honoured Person"). To be awarded to persons who have given distinguished service to one of the communities or on a particular occasion or to the Celtic Council itself. (blue pin/ribbon)

  • Cyfaill y Celtiad (C y C) (From Welsh - "Friend of the Celt/s'). To be awarded for distinguished service to whole Celtic community or the Celtic Council itself or for very distinguished service to a part of the Celtic community. (red pin/ribbon)

  • Tus Enorys Ewn (T En E) (From Cornish - "Truly Honoured Person"). To be awarded for most distinguished service to the Celtic community. (black pin/ribbon)

  • Chairn Tustey Ceiltagh (C Tu C) (From Manx - "Leader of Celtic Learning"). To be awarded for successful leadership in the Celtic community. (yellow pin/ribbon)

Nominations Guidelines - for nominators and referees

The award of Honours is made by the Celtic Council of Australia to recognise members of Celtic communities who have performed significant service for the Celtic cause.

Awards are given to persons who have given service to a single Celtic community or on a particular occasion or whom one of the community member organisations desires to honour or for successful leadership in the Celtic community or such other as the Council decides. Read carefully the description of award levels above.

Nominations for Celtic Honours are brought to the Standing Committee of the Celtic Council of Australia for confirmation and approval. In the first instance nominations should be addressed to any member of the Standing Committee or to the Hon Secretary who will table them at the next suitable meeting of the Council.

The form of the nomination may be typed or handwritten and sent by hand, postal service, facsimile or e-mail. It should include the full name, title, address and contact number(s) of the nominee; the reason, effect and significance as to why consideration should given; a list of the relevant positions with dates of service and responsibilities; demonstration of achievement and contribution and referee names where appropriate.

Your comments should be particular and need not be lengthy. While nominations are likely to be referenced the nominee will not be approached on the matter of the nomination.

When the nomination has been adjudicated, the nominator will be advised and, where appropriate, arrangement will be made as to an award ceremony.

For more information on the Celtic Honours system of the Celtic Council of Australia contact a member of the Standing Committee or to get information on lodging an honours nomination contact the Honorary Secretary (as above).

Note: Over the decades that the honours system has been operating there have been minor adjustments - eg. pin colours, ribbon changes, introduction of purchaseable medals, naming and meaning clarifications - but ALL recipients of each Award and Post Nominal retain the same high status and honour as when they were awarded, for their lifetime and for perpetuity.

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Celtic commercial and Not for profits - links:

Celtic Council Certificates :
Celtic Dreaming Jewellery , Tel: 02 6629 1569 ; Fax: 02 6629 1603 Postal Address: P.O.Box 303, Clunes, N.S.W. Australia

Other Recognised services:
Scottish House - 62 Railway Pde, Granville, NSW. Ph: (02) 9637 6008 - Thursdays 10am to 3pm. Postal: PO Box 42 Granville 2142 Email: info@Scottishhouse.org.au (Commercial)
St Kilda Tartan Australia - All Things Tartan - 166 Glebe Road, Booval, Qld 4304 Ph: (07) 3282-0031 Karen Manger, Kiltmaker
Denwar Harps - Celtic Harps of various sizes - 22 to 36 strings made from salvaged rainforest timbers! Workshop 1626 Waterfall Way, Bellingen, NSW 2454. Ph: (02) 6655 1326 Denwar Harps ; Denny Warner at Denwar
Scottish Tartan & Clan Shop , Tel: 02 9819 7208 Fax: 02 9819 7629 E-mail: Scottish Clan Shop (commercial) Postal Address: Birkenhead Shopping Centre, Drummoyne, N.S.W. Australia
Highland House, 102 Cairns Terrace, Cnr Hayward Street, Red Hill Qld 4059 (PO Box 280) Ph: (07) 3369 4014 Fax: (07) 3217 5892; Highland House (commercial) E-Mail
The Ceilidh Singer - Scots and Celtic - Colin Douglas, Lonad Presentations, PO Box 4126 Gosford West, NSW 2250 ; Ph: (02) 4324 5405 ; E-Mail: Colin Douglas
Bodhrans - Seamus & Joan Mackey, 11 Duncan Street, Woolamin, NSW 2340 ; Ph: (02) 6764 2321
Celtic Dawn - Celtic flags and momentos, tartan scarves and tams - nigel.gregory@bigpond.com PO Box 1627, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 Mob: 04 2410 5724 Ph/fax: 07 3711 3012
Celtic Music - Tutoring in Bodhran & Whistle Alison's Music Tutoring and Celtic Dreamtime Music : Harpist & guitarist, + Celtic band, phone Steve (02) 9834 1273 email Alison
Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers Go to their web site: www.sydneyirishceilidancers.com.au
The Harp Irish Set Dancers www.harpirishsetdancers.com Tel. Trish McGrath (02 9580 4865) : email setdancetrish@hotmail.com
Mainly Welsh - Celtic items www.mainlywelsh.com.au : email Contact Mainly Welsh
Tartan Mill Scotland - Former D.C.Dalgleish Mill - (Direct order tartan ) (commercial)

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