I’m just back from a walking weekend in Cornwall. My first time in the county/duchy/proud Celtic nation. Being the sad nerdy anorak that I am I can now claim to have visited all six of the official Celtic “nations”. Was in the Isle of Man last year, been to Scotland and Wales a few times, Brittany in 1997 and again in 2003 for the Inter-Celtic Festival in Lorient and have vague memories of visiting Ireland a long time ago.
Cornwall can lay claim to being the only English county that has its own language. However some Cornish people who regard their region as a proud nation as much as Scotland or Wales would resent being described as English.
There are two sides to every story – and the story of the Celts is no exception:
- The Celts – The remnants of a proud people who once roamed the north-western Atlantic seaboard of Europe with a heritage rich in music and art – who constantly fought oppression against the Roman/Norman/Norse/Anglo-Saxon invader
2. The Celts: Some bullshit myth peddled by aristocratic 19th century romantics and deluded academics with too much time on their hands to make an excuse to blame the English/French for their shortcomings and create a sense of false nationalism in order to use the working classes as cannon fodder for their own twisted ends
It’s worth noting however that Mebyon Kernow the Cornish nationalist party currently have three seats on Cornwall County Council – three more than Labour.
Anyway, here’s Enya with the theme music to the 1980s BBC series The Celts: