We Are HAPPY In The Celtic Realm!

Apr 13, 2014 by


Clap along if you’ve heard American singer Pharrell Williams‘ tune Happy, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, a pop song that has become a huge success here in the US and internationally.   The song is written, produced and performed by Williams and has spawned more than 1000 covers on YouTube from cities around the globe, where happy locals dance along to the extremely catchy song.   There’s a multitude of happy people in the Celtic realm, and they’ve posted their own videos to prove it.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey will feature a Happy Donegal video in an upcoming special show ( Sunday night, 04/13/2014) with Pharrell Williams, a  decision sure to please the Donegal tourism board.

So, get your dancing shoes on and clap along–I guarantee you won’t be able to sit still–with the happy Celts in these fun videos.

Sebastian, from the travel site OffthePath.com, dons his kilt and dances through the streets of one of my favorite cities, Edinburgh, Scotland.  He’s also the very first video Kilted Hottie of the Day on the WESC Facebook page.



How about clapping along with a few happy Dubliners?



Dancing kilts in Glasgow makes me HAPPY!



Beautiful Celtic Brittany is so happy in Lorient!



Here’s the Donegal video Oprah will feature on her show.  *Trivia: can you identify the guitar player statue seen in this video?


Still need to dance?  Click HERE to find other cities who want to share their happiness with you, including Cork and Galway.  I didn’t find a Welsh city, but I’m sure they’re happy, too.


* The life-sized bronze statue is of Rory Gallagher, a famous blues-rock musician born in Ballyshannon, Donegal.  The statue is in the town square;  Ballyshannon holds an annual Blues Festival in Rory’s honor.


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Vannes, Brittany’s Royal Seaside City

Mar 28, 2014 by

Brittany, or Breizh as it is known in its native language, is the beautiful Celtic region of France, rich in history and a unique cultural legacy.  One of the most visited cities in Brittany is the seaside town of Vannes.   Founded over 2000 years ago, Vannes is situated on the Gulf of Morbihan–mor bihan means “little sea” in Breton– at the mouth of two rivers, the Marle and the Vincin, in Brittany.  It is a thriving market and tourist town, one of the busiest in southern Brittany.

Vannes takes its name from the Veneti, a seafaring Celtic people who lived in the region before the Roman invasions in the 1st century BCE.  Julius Caesar’s naval fleet attacked the Veneti in 56 BC at the nearby town of Locmariaquer; all the Veneti were either slaughtered or sold into slavery.   The Romans named the area (which was the chief town of the Veneti) Darioritum;  after the fall of the Roman empire in the 5th century , the town was renamed Venetis, then called Vennes for a long period ( pronounced “jwened” and spelt “Gwened” in Breton), before finally settling on its current appellation, Vannes. 






Vannes was the preferred residence of the Dukes of Brittany during the Middle Ages and became the Prefecture (County town) of Morbihan in 1791.   The Chateau de l’Hermine, also known as the Hotel Lagorce, was built in 1785 on the ruins of the original 14th century Chateau built by Duke John V, or Yann V in Breton, which formed part of the city walls of Vannes.    The original fortress was the seat of the Dukes of Brittany, and the present building is now a cultural museum.


Vannes is the birthplace of Claude-Michel Schönberg, actor, singer, songwriter, and musical theater composer, who created the idea and wrote the music for the Tony award-winning musical, Les Misérables, a huge international success, as well as The Pirate Queen, a musical about the life of Grace O’Malley, the Irish pirate, which was a huge box office flop.



To learn more about Vannes and the lovely Celtic land of Brittany, try any of the following sources:

Discovering Vannes

Morbihan Guide

Mairie de Vannes (Facebook)

TripAdvisor: Vannes

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Relationship Advice From Ireland’s Wilde Man

Feb 15, 2014 by

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”   Oscar Wilde


Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, playwright and poet, was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1854.  Despite the wide popularity of his plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) and his witticisms, Wilde was vilified by the Victorian press and critics for his flamboyant dress and behavior,  particularly for his homosexual liaisons, which ultimately caused him to be imprisoned  for two years for “gross indecency”.    After his release in 1897, Wilde left for France, where he died alone and impoverished at the age of 46.  He is buried in Paris.



This romantic painting is known as The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), an Irish painter born in County Clare and a contemporary of Oscar Wilde.   In 2012, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs was voted by the Irish public as Ireland’s favorite painting, from among ten works shortlisted by critics.


Here are some more memorable pieces of advice and quotes from Oscar Wilde:

  • “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
  • “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
  • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” from Lady Windermere’s Fan
  • “Yet each man kills the thing he loves
    By each let this be heard
    Some do it with a bitter look
    Some with a flattering word
    The coward does it with a kiss
    The brave man with a sword” from The Ballad of Reading Gaol
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