US National Mòd Coming Nov. 11-12: ACGA’s Premier Online Event

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Two former Royal National Mòd Gold Medal winners — Lyle and Kerrie Kennedy of Oban, Scotland — will adjudicate this year’s US National Mòd, Mòd Naiseanta Aimeireagaidh, on Saturday, Nov. 11. For the fourth consecutive year, the event will be held entirely online, allowing Scottish Gaelic enthusiasts from across North America and beyond to participate.

Click here to register for the event.

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ACGA Webcast to Mark Latha Lùnasdail Sunday Aug. 13

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Traditional customs associated with the festival of Lùnasdal, a pan-Gaelic harvest holiday celebrated at the beginning of August, will be explored in an ACGA webcast on Sunday, Aug. 13. The webcast will focus on customs and folklore associated with the holiday in Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man, the countries where related Goidelic or Gaelic languages are spoken — Scottish Gaelic, Irish and Manx.

Lùnasdal, ...

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New York City Mòd Brings Gaelic to the Fore during Tartan Week

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Cynthian Knight, a Gaelic learner, singer, and ACGA member from Northern Virginia, is the winner of the first Scottish Gaelic mòd held in New York City in more than a century. She competed with eight other singers for the honor of being named New York City Tartan Week Mòd Champion, helping to secure a firm foothold for Scottish Gaelic in New York City’s Tartan Week ...

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Gaelic Song & Language Week Registration Opens

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Registration for this year’s ACGA Scottish Gaelic Song & Language Week July 2-7 at Banner Elk, North Carolina, is officially open. Click through to our Grandfather Mountain GS&LW page to access the registration form and plan your Gaelic song and language week!

This year we will welcome three teachers, Fiona J. MacKenzie and Wilma Kennedy from Scotland, and Stacey MacLean from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. We’re ...Read More

NYC Tartan Week to feature Gaelic Mòd this April

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For the first time, the New York City Tartan Week festival will feature a Scottish Gaelic song contest and Gaelic workshops, elevating the profile of Scottish Gaelic in New York City and its Tartan Week celebrations. Singers from across North America, Scotland, and beyond are invited to The NYC Tartan Week Mòd on Wednesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 13.

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Hebridean Baker Coinneach MacLeod touring North America

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Coinneach MacLeod, the baker from the Isle of Lewis who achieved international fame on TikTok as The Hebridean Baker, is coming to North America to promote his new book Hebridean Baker: My Scottish Island Kitchen.

He’ll be stopping in several cities were there are Scottish Gaelic Learning Communities, including Washington, DC, on March 9 and 10, followed by Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Fort Collins, Colorado, Chicago, and ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA joins Gaelic Week events with Storytelling Podcast

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Storytelling has always been an integral part of Gaelic culture — and of being human, for that matter — but why are sgeulachdan, the stories once told in the cèilidh house, so important? To celebrate Seachdain na Gàidhlig

or World Gaelic Week, ACGA joined with Hidden Glen Folk School of Scottish Highland Heritage and Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir to explore that question in a ...Read More

The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA marks Brigid’s Day – Latha Fhèill Brìde – with Feb. 4 Event

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The quarterly holiday commemorating one of the most fascinating of all Gaelic women, Brìd or Brigid, venerated as both a goddess and saint, is approaching and we are planning an online event Feb. 4 to discuss the traditions associated with Imbolc or Latha Fhèill Brìde, the feast day of St. Brigid. ACGA will present a program that looks at traditions associated with Brigid and her ...

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Oidhche nam Bàrd coming Jan. 14

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Many people have heard of Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet, but what about Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair, Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, or Donnchadh Bàn? Those are just three of the thousands of Scottish Gaelic poets whose work isn’t often recognized outside the Gaelic-speaking community. Our remedy for that at An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA) is Oidhche nam Bàrd or the Night of the Bàrds, ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA to explore ‘pan-Gaelic’ Oidhche Shamhna traditions

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A special, free Zoom program sponsored by ACGA will explore and compare folk traditions related to Oidhche Shamhna, the eve of the ancient Gaelic holiday of Samhain, across Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Ireland. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1 pm Eastern (10 am Pacific/2 pm Atlantic/6 pm GMT) and last until 3 pm Eastern.

The Eve of Samhain corresponds ...

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