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Halloween Traditions in South Uist

A Photo of Fuarag South Uist has long been celebrated for its Halloween traditions, so splendidly captured by folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw in the 1930s. But what of those traditions today? And what do the shifting seasonal customs of children tell us about contemporary folk life? I remember the first Halloween in South Uist when I was visited by children. The initial group were welcomed inside to each give a performance – this year’s Mòd Gaelic song, a joke or the like – before getting their sweeties ( recte  candy). A later group knocked at the door yelling “trick or treat”. I was lucky, in retrospect, that no children came with masks on. Those who do, remain silent until their identity is guessed by the adults. Having only recently arrived in the island, I would have had little chance at identifying the children correctly. We would have been there all night, and no one would have got their sweeties. The strategic diversity utilised by the children in attaining their sweeties presents

100 years of Celtic Studies in the Netherlands

  ‘100 years Celtic in Utrecht’, art made by Merel Reintjes This year, the International Congress of Celtic Studies (ICCS) was organised by Utrecht University. That was  because this year marks the centenary of the study of Celtic languages and culture in Utrecht (the Netherlands). The first Dutch professor of Celtic, Anton Gerard van Hamel, established the Chair of Celtic Studies in 1923.  Since then, a lot has happened. Celtic studies have a well-established place in education and research in the   Netherlands right now, but this wasn’t always the case, as we have known some turbulent times. After every   time that the study of Celtic languages was threatened to disappear over the past 100 years, we managed to   survive and even thrive. But how did that happen? Why do we have the opportunity to study Celtic languages   and culture in the Netherlands (of all places)? Even though Celtic has been studied in Utrecht for 100 years, the Celtic languages have been studied in the   Low Count

Fionn Folklore Database

For this month's blog post, we're going to be taking a look at the  Fionn Folklore Database , giving a brief introduction to it and some of its features and how I, as both a researcher and a social media assistant for the database, use them to my advantage.  First off: As a disclaimer: I do receive financial compensation for my work on the Database, with me being paid on an hourly rate. That being said, for this post, I have deliberately chosen not to use any time tracking services and to avoid any compensation. This is me writing this as someone who is on the database at least once a week, has genuinely found it useful, and wants to help other researchers at all levels get something new out of it, not just for the sake of propping up a project I'm writing on.  So, what is the Fionn Folklore Database, what does it contain, what does it do?  The Fionn Folklore Database is, per its own social media blurb, "a  trilingual database  connecting people with c. 3,500  folktale

Carantes Announcement

We are Carantes (from Proto-Celtic * karants ), and we want to invite you to help protect the field we all love from the global growth of Fascism and Far-Right movements. If that is all you need to hear, email us at and we will add you to our mailing list. But, if you want the full story, here it is.  We are a group of young scholars who met at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies' Summer School in 2022, who, after the episode of the Association of Celtic Students' Podcast about Celtic Studies, Fascism, and the Far-Right , came together to form a reading group. As time went on, supervisors, senior scholars, fellow students, and others expressed interest in supporting us and getting involved. So, here we are today, with a shiny new logo from the wonderful ForFeda Project , to open our doors and invite you to join us as we learn to better ourselves and help safeguard Celtic Studies.  If you have listened to the aforementioned episode of the Association

Looking Back on the 10th Celtic Students Conference and Looking Forward to the Next Decade of the Association of Celtic Students

  As well as the return of the sun, springtime saw the return of the Celtic Students Conference to the University of Glasgow for the first time since 2017! This conference, held at Glasgow from 30 th March to 1 st April 2023, was kindly supported by Foras na Gaeilge , the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies (University of Glasgow), Culture Vannin , the University of Glasgow , and the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Celtic Languages . This support helped us make this conference the largest in its ten-year history; we welcomed over 120 attendees from 30+ institutions across Europe and North America.   The annual conference is the main event in the calendar of the Association of Celtic Students and organised and run entirely by students working on a voluntary basis . We aim to promote academic work by students in and with Celtic languages and cultures by providing a platform for undergraduate and postgraduate students to present and discuss their Celtic-focused researc