On Being Asked to Join the Teetotallers

Water is silver, but wine it is gold, So give it me mellow, bright, pure and old; I mind not its clime, be it Xeres or Cape, So ’tis honest fermented juice of the grape. I like it not foreign,

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All About Katie

I had a very good childhood with brothers and sisters and a good mother and father. We lived in Tynwald Street in Douglas where I was born in 1925. I went to Tynwald Street school but I could not start

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Manx Fairs

In pre-Reformation times and for many years afterwards, the feast of the patron saint of a church or parish was observed by a religious service in the church, often an elaborate event, and the feast was accompanied by a fair.

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Li’l Graysie

Did ya hear the sad news Emma Cowla? ’bout the li’l chil’ from the gill tha’s been took? Aye, she was out theer playin’ at the strooan When her mammy last had a look. Playin’ with her dolly they say

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Mud Cottage, Cranstal

An attempt has been made to encompass all aspects of life in the Island but one may be led to think that the old body of tradition is more truly found in the cottages and small farms of the countryside.

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Two Charms

These two charms, the Crosh Bollan (fig. 1), and Thor’s Hammer (fig. 2), are of great antiquity, and the former is of particular interest in folk-lore, as it is not confined just to the Isle of Man or even to

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Mrs Gilrea of the East Nappin

This photograph is of Mrs Mary Gilrea spinning outside her sod house on the East Nappin in Jurby on the Isle of Man in 1897. In the northern parishes where building stone was scarce, crofts and other small houses were

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Manx Language Resources

Almost every week (usually via facebook) I am asked for links to help people learn the language online so here are a few. Please add more if you know of any. ►Learn Manx (Ynsee Gaelg) website – http://bit.ly/1Q4Nupx – A

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Sophy’s Cottage, Dalby

Written on the back of this photograph it reads: “Sophy was a real character, I knew her well but can’t remember her surname. She looked after the chapel in Dalby and cleaned it. Her cottage was just beyond the chapel

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Ballaragh Neolithic Spiral Stone

The Ballaragh Spiral Stone, found by the old road through the Abbeylands of Lonan, has curved or spiral lines of much the same type as those on the group of standing stones, called the ‘Calder Stones,’ at the entrance of

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