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Manx Radio's weekly programme looking at Manx life from a different angle, exploring the historical, social, linguistic and academic issues.

Shiaght Laa Manx Radio

    • Society & Culture

Manx Radio's weekly programme looking at Manx life from a different angle, exploring the historical, social, linguistic and academic issues.

    Shiaght Laa 23rd May 2024

    Shiaght Laa 23rd May 2024

    Maralyn Crellin introduces this edition of Shiaght Laa, the final one in this series.
    After a look at some forthcoming events, we find out about Charlotte de Tremoille, the Countess of Derby, wife of James Stanlagh (yn Stanlagh Mooar), the 7th Earl of Derby, and the siege of Lathom House in Lancashire - as described in song by Steeleye Span. The Countess staunchly resisted and the siege was lifted by the arrival of her kinsman, Prince Rupert, on 27th May 1644, when she and her family came to join her husband in Castle Rushen.
    We hear a brief overview of motorcycle racing in the Island, with racing on the Billow Circuit this weekend (24th, 25th & 26th May) and the commencement of the TT Races on Monday 27th May. This time of year used to bring showings of a 1935 film, 'No Limit', with George Formby "Riding in the TT Races". There's perhaps a reason it's not been shown in more recent years.

    • 24 min
    Shiaght Laa 16th May 2024

    Shiaght Laa 16th May 2024

    Fiona McArdle introduces an edition of Shiaght Laa in which -
    we hear about some of the opportunities to enjoy events in the week ahead;
    we hear of a new publication by Dr Peter Davey about 'Rushen Abbey : one hundred years of excavation';
    we try to find out about why to the Manx people the 18th May was called Laa'l Spitlhin Souree; and
    we look at the lyrics and hear the song, 'Baatey Pabyr', written by Matthew Warren and performed by Sarah Mercer and Mera Royle, which won Arrane son Mannin this year and represented the Island in the Pan Celtic International Song Competition, and of which a Ballagroove Studio recording by Gyp Buggane has just been published on Soundcloud Baatey Paybr (Paper Boats) - Gaelg by Matthew Warren (soundcloud.com).

    • 24 min
    Shiaght Laa 9th May 2024

    Shiaght Laa 9th May 2024

    From this year's Manx Music, Speech and Dance Festival, the Guild, we enjoy award winning performances from the winner of the Sheffield Plate, Breesha Kelsey, and of the Cleveland Medal, Neil Taverner.


    A recording of Dollin Kelly's performance of T E Brown's 'Betsy Lee' has just been made available online at Culture Vannin's website, and we hear a famous extract from that. 


    As what appears on the modern calendar as 12th May would have been Shenn Laa Boaldyn, May Day by the old-style calendar, we hear some music associated with the season and the words of some traditional songs mentioning it. 

    • 24 min
    Shiaght Laa, 2nd May 2024

    Shiaght Laa, 2nd May 2024

    Maralyn Crellin takes us into the Villa Marina for the Guild as we hear about the junior and senior blue riband awards, the Sheffield Plate and the Cleveland Medal. Then we go outside and join Manx Wildlife Trust's Community Ranger, Hannah Phillips, for information about the end of Manx Wildlife Week - and beyond. The calendar has already passed 1st May, but the Early May Bank Holiday falls on 6th May when Cregneish is hosting extra music, dance and Mayday crafts. However, we hear archive recordings telling of how people in the early 20th century were still celebrating Mayeve and Mayday on what appear to be 11th and 12th May.  

    • 24 min
    Shiaght Laa 25th April 2025

    Shiaght Laa 25th April 2025

    Fiona McArdle is our host as we hear about Manx Wildlife Week (27th April - 4th May), which brings together Manx National Heritage, the Manx Wildlife Trust and UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man and many of the volunteer groups they each support. The programme can be found at this website - https://manxnationalheritage.im/whats-on/


    We hear an overview from: Lauren McCoy, curator of natural history at MNH; Lucy Chapman of the Manx Wildlife Trust; and Jo Overty of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man. We then join MWT's Community Ranger, Hannah Phillips, who tells us about some of the things the Trust is involved in during the week.


    We also hear about the Luke Jerram installation, Gaia, in St Thomas's Church in Douglas from Aly Lewin of Net Zero Isle of Man of which the website can be found at - https://www.netzero.im/

    • 24 min
    Shiaght Laa 18th April 2024

    Shiaght Laa 18th April 2024

    We hear of two recent publications in this edition, the first of which is 'Dreich Planet 2 - Isle of Man', with poetry from the Island. Guest editors for the international publishing venture, Annie Kissack and Hazel Teare, tell us about, and we hear the first poem in the collection by their fellow guest editor, David Callin.


    The other is 'Strandings & Sinkings : Shipwrecks in Manx Waters' published by Loaghtan Books, for which Sara Goodwins and George Hobbs took as their starting point more of Ray Stanfield's archive of images. 

    This is very resonant in a year in which the choice of Adrian Corkill as Reih Bleeaney Vanannan 2024 was for his detailed database of shipwrecks in Manx waters, and in which the RNLI is celebrating 200 years since its founding in 1824 by Sir William Hillary. Manx National Heritage curator of archaeology, Alison Fox, talks about Sir William and the foundation of the service, and also about some of the Island's maritime history and heritage in an ongoing exhibition, 'All At Sea', at the House of Manannan in Peel.

    • 24 min

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