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The Isle of Man

Where We Live

The Isle of Man (in Manx Gaelic Ellan Vannin) is a self-governing British Crown Dependency, located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. Our head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann. Her representative is the Lieutenant Governor. The island has been inhabited since before 6500 BC. It began to be influenced by Gaelic culture in the 5th century and the Manx language, a branch of the Gaelic languages, gradually emerged.

Our Parliament

Tynwald, the island's parliament, was founded in 979 AD. It is the oldest continuous parliament in the world. The annual ceremonial meeting in July on Tynwald Day, the island's national day, continues to be held at Tynwald Hill.

The Manx Flag

The Manx Flag a three legged symbol and is reflected in the island's motto: Quocunque Jeceris Stabit, traditionally translated from Latin as Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand.

The TT Races

The main international sporting event associated with the island is the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race, known as "The TT", which began in 1907. It takes place in late May and early June. The TT is now an international road racing event for motorcycles, which used to be part of the World Championship, and is long considered to be one of the "greatest motorcycle sporting events of the world". Taking place over a two week period, it has become a festival for motorcycling culture and has become part of Manx identity, with many giving the Island the title of "road racing capital of the world".

The Manx Cat

The island is also known for our Manx Cat, it is a breed of cat with no tail. The Manx cat is said to be a skilled hunter, known to take down larger prey even when they are young.