The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Great Lakes Mòd Celebrates Gaelic Song

| | Events, Gaelic Song

Mòd nan Lochan Mòra/The Great Lakes Mod kicked off this year’s North American mòd season at Akron, Ohio, in the middle of June.

Participants gathered Friday night for a pot-luck supper followed by sight-reading, storytelling, and poetry competitions adjudicated by Angus MacLeod, winner of the men’s Bonn Òr a’ Chomuinn at the 2014 Royal National Mòd in Scotland. Saturday saw the singing competitions, which included ...Read More

Harper James Ruff to teach at ACGA Fèis

| | ACGA Fèis, Events, National Mòd

Last year, James Ruff won the men’s gold medal for Gaelic song at the U.S. National Mòd. This year, he will return to Ligonier, Pennsylvania, to lead a special harp workshop at the inaugural ACGA Fèis, a one-day program of workshops in Scottish Gaelic culture.

Ruff will lead a workshop Sept. 22 on the role of the clàrsach, the wire-strung harp, in Scottish Gaelic and Irish ...

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Margaret Stewart, Murdo ‘Wasp’ MacDonald to Adjudicate 30th Annual US Gaelic Mòd

| | Events, National Mòd, Organization

Famed Scottish singers Maighread Stiùbhart (Margaret Stewart) and Murchadh Dòmhnallach (Murdo “Wasp” MacDonald) will be adjudicators at the 30th annual U.S. National Mòd, a three-day festival of Scottish Gaelic song, poetry, storytelling and music this Sept. 22-24 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

This is the first time in several years that the Mòd will feature two adjudicators, and An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach is delighted to welcome Margaret and ...Read More

The American Scottish Gaelic Society

$100,000 endowment to benefit Gaelic teaching, education in Nova Scotia

| | Gaelic Education

A $100,000 endowment fund supporting Gaelic culture and teaching will be announced today in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Neil and Marianne Joy MacLean Estate Gift to Saint Francis Xavier University will promote and develop proficient Gaelic teachers and help advance Scottish Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia, the university announced on its Facebook page.

The estate gift will support Gaelic educators through the StFX Bachelor of ...

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Criomagan: Còmhradh nam Fuamhairean

| | Criomagan, Gaelic Learning Communities

This is the second of our criomagan — short stories or news bits from Scottish Gaelic periodicals published in North America early in the 20th Century. We’ll be publishing these pieces weekly for you to enjoy and try your hand at translation. Send us your work!

Like the first, this criomag is from the premiere issue of Fear na Céilidh, a monthly periodical published in Sydney, ...Read More

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Cuach na Cloinne – Football Brings Gaelic Kids Together

| | Children

A national football (soccer) competition in Scotland is bringing Gaelic-speaking and Gaelic-learning children from across the country together, helping them to make new friends and demonstrating that Gaelic is spoken beyond their local communities.

The Cuach na Cloinne (Children’s Quaich or Cup) competition is held entirely in Scottish Gaelic. This year, a record 62 teams participated in the, representing 33 schools. Regional competitions were held over ...

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Faochadh Èibhinn – Comic Relief!

| | Beginner, Children, Gaelic Resources

‘S e an Dòmhnach (neo Latha na Sàbaid) a th’ann. DiLuain a-màireach. Dh’fhaodadh gu bheil feum agaibh air faochadh. Seo dhuibh “an aon chomaig Gàidhlig air loidhne air an t-saoghal” – ‘S Math Sin!

Agus tha sinn an dòchas gum bi an seachdain a thig math dhuibh.

It’s Sunday. Tomorrow is Monday. It’s possible you may need some relief. Here’s “the Only Gaelic Comic Online in the ...

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Where’s Your Gaelic-Learning Community?

| | Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Resources

In recent months, ACGA has been taking a closer look at what we’re calling “Gaelic-Learning Communities.” There may not be many Gaelic-speaking communities in North America, outside Eastern Canada, but Gaelic-learning communities may be found everywhere. Do you belong to one of these communities?

It’s good to first recognize what they are. To date, “Gaelic-learning community” has principally been used to refer to Gaelic learners as ...

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“Criomagan” from “Fear na Céilidh,” 1928

| | Advanced, Criomagan, Gaelic Resources, Intermediate

“‘S i an droch-sgeul a’s luaithe ruigeas sinn.”

The Scottish Gaelic periodicals published in Nova Scotia in the early 20th Century contained many short stories and news bulletins that are interesting, information and often amusing, opening a window into the world of the Gaelic reader in times past.

We’ll be publishing occasional selections of these bits or “criomagan” of news for visitors to our website both as ...

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Gaelic Legends in the Landscape: A Weekend Course with Roddy Maclean

| | Gaelic Education

The connection between the Gaelic language and the landscape of Scotland (and Ireland and Man) runs deep. “The land speaks to us through our language,” Ruairidh MacIlleathain or Roddy Maclean said in “Gaelic in the Landscape,” a study of place-names in the Northwest Highlands.

“The backbone of our place-name heritage is Gaelic and, for a better understanding of our landscape, it is necessary to understand our ...Read More