The aim of Pan Celtic, as per the constitution, is as follows:
To promote and strengthen Celtic languages, culture, music, song and sport and to encourage inter-Celtic tourism, trade and commerce, and exchange of information.
The Pan Celtic idea first originated in 1970, and the first Pan Celtic Festival was held in Killarney in 1971. Rapid development followed and the Pan Celtic International Organisation was formalised in 1973, with the adoption of the constitution. Pan Celtic is governed by an International Council, and 6 national committees. The International Council directs and co-ordinates the activities of Pan Celtic, it also decides the rules and conditions attached to the holding of festivals, approves venues and festival committees.
The main vehicle to promote the aims of Pan Celtic is the Annual Festival held the week following Easter each year.
Other events may also be held by individual committees.
Arising from Pan Celtic, a number of festivals and events have been either established or revived, such as: Kan ar Bobal in Brittany, Lowender Peran in Cornwall, Pan Celtic Reunion in Wales, and the revival of An Cruinneach in The Isle Of Man.
Pan Celtic is also pleased to have established strong ties with An tOireachtas, Ireland's premier Gaelic Festival, and Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail in Scotland. This co-operation has developed into a new Scottish/Irish Gaelic Organisation, under the title Comh-Nasg na nGael.
Pan Celtic & Celtic Cultural Trust Limited
Celtic Cultural Trust Limited was incorporated in 1997 following a decision of the Pan Celtic International Council, to set up the company.
The company has received charitable status, and as such has tax exemption in relation to Income Tax/Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Interest Retention Tax, extending to the income and property of the company.
The objects for which the Company was established are to promote, strengthen and encourage all Celtic languages, culture, music and song in order to enrich the national understanding and education of the Celtic ethos and, to this end, to promote in particular the exchange of information in connection with celtic languages, culture, music and song among the six Celtic Nations of ALBA, BREIZH, CYMRU, ÉIRE, KERNOW AND MANNIN. In January 2011, the company was voluntarily struck off the Registrar of Companies and the objects of the company are carried on by a non incorporated body called ‘Celtic Cultural Trust’, a body with charitable status.
An aim of the Trust is to establish a Cultural and Administrative Centre, to further the objectives of the Company and to receive donations and subscriptions to help further this aim.
The members of the Executive Committee of the Trust are - Con Ó Conaill, Tegwyn Williams, Ailean MacColla, Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha and Liam Ó Maolaodha.