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Untie my Tongue

The last traditional speaker of Manx Gaelic, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974. But now more than 40 children are receiving their education entirely in the language.

Phil Gawne is the Isle of Man's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He has a passion for the Manx Gaelic tongue and enjoys his life on the Isle.

However, he's a mixed past and some amazing tales to tell.

Once he served 16 months in prison for arson, committed during the campaign for Manx. He tells the intertwined stories of his life and the struggle for his language, culture and identity.

Why is Manx Gaelic important to you?

last updated: 04/04/2008 at 14:30
created: 19/10/2006

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Waste of time and money? Nonsense. I wish I spoke Manx as my first language.

Barbara Duncan
When at the Buchan school during the war I stayed with the Qualtroughs. Mr Qualtrough was the Speaker of the House of Keys and spoke Manx (later he was Sir) Does anyone remember me? I was from Liverpool

david gilliver
Manx gaelic should be taught in schools across the isle of man i have lived in the isle have a child she should know her herdige and be proud lets loby for it am proad of mine it west indian deasent and british so manx poeple should for what is there write. PC BRIGADE CAN ------.I LOVE Isle of man and i have travel to some places when i said where am from tt race as helped and thy love isle so hold your head up and fight for your rite...

"A total waste of time, effort and money. It is largely a recently invented language. It does not pass the "so what?" test."Oh dear! Rather like English, then. A bastard language forced on the residents by successive conquerers!

i hope that steve and dave f are embarassed with their pro genocide commenents,considering the 'free tibet'campaign in the news.we have our own laguage as well,so stop the bullying,enjoy the culture.if you dont feel part of it,try.

Peadar O Muircheartaigh
Is leir Steve nach bhfuil tuiscint da laghad agat ar an datheangachas na ar moran eile! Monolingual English speakers rarely recongnise the importance of speaking a second language! your loss

It is lovely to feel part of a community which, in turn, is part of the Celtic community. I love it.

i think as a tradition it should be kept up. can anyone help me in writing something in gaelic?

Mrs Ann Breakspear
I am so proud to be a manx person born and bred not many of us left what annoys me are people who moan about our Island when they were not born here I am all for progress but stop whinging if you dont like it theres a boat in the morning!

A land without a tongue is a land with a soul. Clearly no-one can serioulsy advocate Manx being resurrected into a living vernacular but it should be supported in education and culture. It is integral to Mann's Gaelic past and links it to its close neighbours - Scotland and Ireland (which is vital for Manx tourism).

James Logan
Manx Gaelic is important to me as the language of my birthplace and where I live.I do agree with "Scanshoil ass towse!"

Dave F
I lived on the Island for 14 years. The only use for Manx Gaelic is for souvenirs for tourists

Brian Stowell
Scanshoil ass towse! - Important beyond measure!

A total waste of time, effort and money. It is largely a recently invented language. It does not pass the "so what?" test.

Barbara Duncan
The Isle of Man is my second home.From a baby we went every year on holday then throughout War 2 I went to the Buchan School, flying in a 7 seater plane beginning and end of terms. My mother's mother was Manx and I have many friends on the Island. One was the Speaker of the House of Keys Mr. Qualtrough. He could speak Manx. It was a lovely place to grow up in.

Wendy Hurst
Manx Gaelic is THE most distinguishing feature of our Manx identity.

My father's family comes from the Isle of Mann...Caine. I want to know about my heritage more and how to preserve it. Nicole.US

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