MNH Opens Up

From 1 April Manx National Heritages sites will open to the public, joining the House of Manannan and the Manx Museum in welcoming residents and visitors through their doors for the 2022 Season.

In the south, Castle Rushen will open from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily, the Old House of Keys, Nautical Museum and Old Grammar School, will also open for pre-booked tours and sittings.

Nearby, also in the south of the island, Rushen Abbey opens from Thursday to Monday from 11am to 3pm and Cregneash will open daily, also from 11am to 3pm.  In the west of the island, Peel Castle will open daily from 11am to 3pm, joining the House of Manannan (open daily all year round from 9.30am to 4.30pm) as one of two Manx National Heritage visitors attractions open in Peel. In the North, the Grove Museum will be open from Saturday to Wednesday from 11am to 3pm and in the East, the Laxey Wheel will be open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Hear Hector

Culture Vannin has released two new interviews it recorded with war hero Hector Duff. Hector, widely regarded as one of the greatest ever Manxmen, sadly died in late 2020.

They said: ‘We have had one conversation with Hector Duff amongst our oral history archive for years, but we are delighted to have just released two more conversations about parts of his life which perhaps few will know of…

* The life and characters of upper Sulby Valley, where Hector spent his youth, getting water from the wells, cutting turf on the hills and tending the animals about the farms

* Life on the Isle of Man Northern Railway, where he had various jobs, including Station Master, at places such as Sulby, Kirk Michael, Peel, St. John’s and even Douglas.’

You can hear all three interviews, including the new ones, here.

Vandals

Rushen United FC is counting the costs after yet more vandalism at its Croit Lowey ground in Port Erin.

The club said: ‘Unfortunately more damage has been caused at the club sometime yesterday [Saturday] evening… this dugout has just been fixed this week and is now damaged again.. if anyone has any information please get in touch.’