The annual Cooish festival celebrates the Manx language and our Gaelic heritage. The festival was organised by Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh, the Manx Language Society, with support from Culture Vannin, IoM Arts Council, Long & Humphrey, Cains and Manx Telecom.
The main events that took place in the 2010 Cooish Festival were the Ned Maddrell Memorial Lecture at St. John's Mill, and a concert with renowned Irish musician Breanndan O'Beaglaoich.
The Ned Maddrell lecture was given by Dr Rob Amery, an expert in Australian indigenous languages. He delivered a lecture about his research into the maintenance and revival of these languages with particular emphasis on the Kaurna language of the Adelaide Plains, which is being re-learnt using 19th century materials. The talk was free to the public, and a new novel in Manx written by Chris Lewin was launched at the event.
Breanndan O'Beaglaoich, from Dingle, performed at the Peel Centenary Centre along with former Boys of the Lough member Malcolm Stitt.
Accomplished on both accordion and voice, Breanndan first toured with Boys of the Lough as a guest in the 1980s in the USA and has been a full-time member since 1997. Alongside recording with the Boys of the Lough, Breanndan has also recorded with the Chieftains (Bells Of Dublin and The Long Black Veil), Beginish and has featured on numerous compilations.