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Bidh clann Sgoil Dhalabroig am measg na h-òigridh a bhios a’ togail fianais air feadh an t-saoghail mu atharrachadh na gnàth-shìde air 15 den Mhàrt. Seo tàladh beag a rinn Liam Alastair Crouse a’ beachdachadh air an uallach a th’ air guailnean a’ ghinealaich òig. #strike4climate o ba bà mo leanabh ba mo leanabh bà o ba… 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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The Power of the Colonised Mind

I started to write this article in Gaelic, with a view to bolstering Bella’s already excellent corpus of Gaelic-language articles, but I realised that in doing so, I would be shutting off the very people who need to read it from its key messages. Indeed, I don’t need to preach to the Gaelic-speaking community about […] Continue reading

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The Power of the Colonised Mind

I started to write this article in Gaelic, with a view to bolstering Bella’s already excellent corpus of Gaelic-language articles, but I realised that in doing so, I would be shutting off the very people who need to read it from its key messages. Indeed, I don’t need to preach to the Gaelic-speaking community about […] Continue reading

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Lèirmheas na Ràithe: Turas a’ Bhradain

Nam biodh co-dhiù aon cheudamh de phrògraman iasgach math air an teilidh na th’ ann de dh’iasgairean gearanach air bruaichean aibhne na h-Alba, ‘s mathaid gun tig gàire air an aodann gruamach o àm gu àm. ‘S e an fhìrinn ge-tà gu bheil a’ mhòr-chuid dhiubh uabhasach, air am milleadh le amaideas phreasantair leithid Robson […] Continue reading

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The Gaelic for Hygge

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Mac Bheatha an lighiche & MacIlleEathain

Àras, Muile far an deachaidh am Peutanach a chéilidh air MacIlleEathainn

Tha Clann Mhic Bheatha, lighiche do Rìghrean Innse Gall agus Rìghrean nan Albannach ainmeil airson sàr-obair léighe thar nam bliadhnaichean. Tha e fìor gu bheil ainmean Mhic Bheatha ri leughadh air clàr nan oileanaich aig feadhainn de na h-oilthighean as motha ann an Roinn Eòrpa anns na Meadhan Aoisean, Salerno, Bologna, Monte Casino agus Montpellier nam measg.

Aig aon àm, ri linn sàr-obair Chlann Mhic Bheatha, bha a’ Ghàidhlig, aon de na trì cànanan eile, Laideann, Greugais agus Arabais a bhiodhte ga h-ùisneachadh airson sgrìobhainnean léighe.

Bhiodh Clann Mhic Bheatha a’ measgachadh sàr ionnsachadh léigh nam Meadhan Aoisean agus seann eòlas Gàidhealach nan luibhean. Ach a-réir coltais, cha chuireadh dòighean-obrach neo-ghnàthach dragh air feadhainn den Chlann, cho fhad ‘s a thoireadh iad toraidhean.

Latha a bha seo, latha a bha siud, bha bodach MacIlleEathain na leabhaidh fo bhuaidh tinneis. Thigheadh càirdean, companaich agus coimhearsnaichean a chéilidh air. 

Roimhe cheann fhada, dh’fhàs e seach searbh sgìth den tinneas agus an uiread de dhaoine a bhitheadh a’ tighinn a-staigh. “Cà’ bheil am Peutanach? Cuir fios air Mac Bheatha agus innis dha gu bheil mi nam leabaidh fo bhuaidh tinneas na galla seo!” Ars’ MacIlleEathain.

Sin na rinn iad. B’ ann á Àras ann am Muile a bha m bodach a bha seo agus le sin, b’ e Seumas Mac Bheatha, an leighiche a tháinig fhaicinn. Dar a chaidh an lighiche don leabaidh thubhairt MacIlleEathain “O Mhic Bheatha, Mhic Bheatha an léighe! Tha pian mhór nam bhrù. Nach leighis sibh mi ma tha sibh comasach ri dhèanadh?”

Ceann tacain, dh’innse Mac Bheatha do MhacIlleEathainn gun robh fhios aige na bha ceàrr air. Bha othras na bhrù. Thubhairt Mac Bheatha gum biodh e comasach a leighis, ach bhitheadh aige ri falbh agus tilleadh ceann beagan làithean.

“O Mhic Bheatha, Mhic Bheatha, leis a’ phian mhór seo nam bhrù agus sluagh aig cois mo leapa, chan faigh mi cadal samhach. Feumaidh gu bheil thu comasach rudeigin a dhèanamh?” Arsa MacIlleEathain.

“Nist.” Arsa Mac Bheatha. “Tha aona rud ann, ach bhitheadh agam ri tilleadh ceann beagan làithean fhathast.” “Ceart” Arsa MacIlleEathain. “Dèanaibh na dh’fheumas sibh” Agus sin na rinn Mac Bheatha.

Sheas Mac Bheatha air beulaibh an teine agus chuir a chùl ris a’ ghealbhan mhór agus rinn e cac. Theas Mac Bheatha an cac anns an teine gus nach robh ann ach pùdar dubh. Chruinnich an lighiche am pùdar agus chuir e ann am measair dubh e agus chroch e e air leabaidh MhicIlleEathain.

“Ceart” Ars’ am Peutanach. “Tillidh mi ceann beagan làithean agus fhad ‘s a chrochas am measair seo air bhur leabaidh, théid bhur leighis, agus fàsaidh sibh nas làidir.” Agus dh’fhàg an lighiche.

An ath latha, mar as àbhaist, tháin’ an sluagh, tháin’ na càirdean, caraidean agus coimhearsnaichean a chéilidh air a’ bhodach bhochd. Dh’iarr fear dhiuch air a’ bhodach “Dé am pùdar dubh anns a’ mheasair dhubh seo a tha a’ crochadh air bhur leabhaidh MhicIlleEathain?”

“O” Arsa MacIlleEathain “Chan e ach leighis a th’ ann. Thug Seumas Mac Bheatha, an lighiche, e dhomh agus thubhairt e gun téid mo leighis agus gum fàs mi nas làidir.” Dh’aithnich am fear an t-ainm Seumas Mac Bheatha, leis cho ainmeil ‘s a bha comas an teaghlaich. Bha annas aige den ‘léigh’ a bha seo cho làidir, ghabh e blasad dheth. 

Mhothaich am bodach na rinn e agus rinn e fìor ghaire mhór ris an duine. Bha e a’ ghàire cho làidir, bhrist am bodach othras na bronn agus dh’fhalbh a’ phian mhór. 

Roimhe cheann tacain, mar a gheall e dha, thill Mac Bheatha. Dar dh’innse am bodach dha na thachair cha tubhairt an lighiche ach “Nach b’ i an fhìrinn a dh’innis mi dhuibh?” agus dh’fhalbh e.


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