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Loss of giant of Manx language revival

Dr Brian Stowell dies, aged 82

The key figure in the revival of the Manx language has died at the age of 82, following a long illness.

Dr Brian Stowell spent his life devoted to academia, as a physicist as well as a linguist.

Learning Manx as a student, he recorded elderly native speakers, and also learnt Irish.

This enabled him to translate Irish language courses into Manx and allow more people to learn the native tongue of their Island.

A familiar voice to Manx Radio listeners, he co-presented the 'Moghrey Jedoonee' programme for almost twenty years, a position he stepped down from at the start of last year.

Dr Stowell would contribute to the programme in both Manx and English, as the following clip illustrates:

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