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The Isle of man is an island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. It is located very near to the geographical center of the British Isles. It is the smallest of the Celtic nations, only 32 miles long and 15 miles wide. About 80,000 people live on 221 square miles of land.
Language and Culture
The first documented language of the Isle of Man is Manx, a language closely related to both Irish and Gaelic. At the beginning of the 19th century, there were many Manx speakers, but the language went into a steep decline through the 19th and 20th centuries and the last native speaker, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974. The language has not been lost, however. Enthusiasts have kept it alive and there are about 1600 people on the island who speak it with varying degrees of fluency.
Wikipedia has a linguistic overview of the Manx language.
The Learn Manx website has lessons in the language.
The near-disappearance of the Manx language also resulted in much damage to the traditional Celtic music and songs of the Isle of Man, but along with the recovery of interest in the language, thre has been a revival of Celtic music.
King Chiaulee is a Manx band.
Caarjyn Cooidjagh is a small Manx choir.
Skeeal is another Manx band.
Wikipedia has a brief introduction to the history of the island.
The History of Nations web site also has some history.