Category Archives: Ghetto na Gàidhlig

A Potted History of Scottish Gaelic

This is from @ScotsGaelicfor … we think its funny … don’t take it (or yourselves) too seriously. 1. The story begins yonks ago when some lads from Antrim decided they would take a 12 mile sailing holiday to Scotland to box the Picts in the mouth. They spoke Middle Irish and were undoubtedly mad bastards. […] Continue reading

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Na Dùthchannan Ceilteach – The Celtic Nations

The brilliant @ScotsGaelicfor has created this primer disentangling the various Celtic Nations flags and languages … 1. Cornwall is “a’ Chòrn.” Cornish (#Kernowek) is “Còrnais.” It’s very similar to Welsh and has around 500 – 600 speakers (we think). It’s been brought back from the brink and the number of speakers is growing so “neart […] Continue reading

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Gaelic Medium Education on Skye

Across Scotland, far too many young people cannot continue Gaelic Medium Education beyond primary school. This lack of opportunity has a negative impact on their fluency and confidence in using Gaelic. Arthur Cormack considers the position in Skye. A highlight of 2018, for me, was the opening of Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh (the Gaelic-medium primary […] Continue reading

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A Radical Plan for Gaelic Scotland

When a group of likeminded individuals set up the group Misneachd (confidence, courage) a little over two years ago, there was a strong feeling that a new grassroots movement was needed to campaign for Gaelic, and more importantly, for Gaelic communities. It was apparent that little had changed since the passing of the Gaelic Language Act and […] Continue reading

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Turasachd is Taigheadais

Le Màrtainn Mac a’ Bhàillidh   ’S tric a chluinnear mu staing taigheadais sna làithean seo, anns an Eilean Sgitheanach gu sònraichte, agus ràith thurasachd cho trang ’s a bh’ againn riamh air a bhith ann am-bliadhna. ’S e duilgheadas dha-rìribh a tha seo a sheallas dhuinn a-rithist na thachras nuair a leigeas sinn leis a’ […] Continue reading

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Hallaig

Hallaig from Neil Kempsell on Vimeo. The film is an exploration and visual interpretation of the poem “Hallaig” by Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean. The poem originally written in Gaelic and translated describes the tragic loss and memories of a highland community on the Island of Raasay. The film depicts symbols of life and time. That […] Continue reading

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Not Spoken Here

After David Mundell’s attempts to re-brand Scotland out of the Scottish Office, we speculated about what a further de-Scottishification process might look like – “Welcome to the Beautiful Beautiful Banks of Lake Lomond” – “Go in search of the Lake Ness Monster” – “read about the Massacre of the Valley of Coe” etc. Thankfully Andy […] Continue reading

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Not Spoken Here

After David Mundell’s attempts to re-brand Scotland out of the Scottish Office, we speculated about what a further de-Scottishification process might look like – “Welcome to the Beautiful Beautiful Banks of Lake Lomond” – “Go in search of the Lake Ness Monster” – “read about the Massacre of the Valley of Coe” etc. Thankfully Andy […] Continue reading

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Learning Gaelic, Learning Scotland: Normalising Language

I’m sitting in an entirely empty train carriage at Glasgow Queen Street Station on my way to Mallaig. Two older ladies board and start speaking to each other in Gaelic, believing they won’t be understood. They are discussing how I am sitting in one of their booked seats and how young people these days have […] Continue reading

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Learning Gaelic, Learning Scotland: Normalising Language

I’m sitting in an entirely empty train carriage at Glasgow Queen Street Station on my way to Mallaig. Two older ladies board and start speaking to each other in Gaelic, believing they won’t be understood. They are discussing how I am sitting in one of their booked seats and how young people these days have […] Continue reading

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