The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Congratulations to Our New Board Members

| | Organization

Congratulations to our newly elected Board members:

John Grimaldi continues on the Board, having already served three years.

Rachell Blessing returns to the Board after an absence of several years.

Mike Moffitt joins our Board for the first time.

Welcome to all three, and thanks to the ACGA members who voted in our election!

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ACGA Announces Youth Membership

| | Children, Organization

The most important issue in keeping any minority language alive is the attraction of young people, be they children, high-school or college students, or other young adults. We often see that young folks who start learning Gaelic find it very rewarding. And it can serve as a gateway into other activities that they also enjoy, such as Celtic music, singing, dancing, Highland games, or learning ...

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Announcement of funding for Gàidhealtachd Support in 2016

| | Gaelic Education, Organization

The total funding available for Gàidhealtachd Support (GS) in 2016 will be $2000.

Applicants for ACGA GS funding should submit their applications by March 31st, 2016, and they will need to justify their applications based on a specific set of guidelines.

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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

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ACGA President MacKay: “Stay in the Fight”

| | Gaelic Education, Organization

GaelicUSA, an organization working to endow a chair of Scottish Studies at an American university, interviewed ACGA President Michael MacKay about his own experience as a Gaelic learner and his views on Gaelic and the role of ACGA in the Gaelic world.

https://gaelicusa.org/interview-with-michael-mackay/

Of course, we think Mike is dead on target in discussing the importance of the language. Read the interview and form (and share) your ...

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Cracking the ‘Halloween Nut’ in North Carolina: A Free Public Event

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Organization

You may be aware that Halloween is derived from the Gaelic (and more broadly, Celtic) festival of Oidhche Shamhna and Samhain. The festival, with its pre-Christian roots, commemorated the last phase of the harvest season, ancestors, and the end of the old (agricultural) year. But how much do you really know about the Samhain customs and beliefs of the Scottish Highlanders?

To dig past the commercial ...Read More

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Mòd Ligonier Puts US Spotlight on Scottish Gaelic Song, Language

| | Events, Gaelic Song, Organization

Scottish Gaelic song, story and poetry rang out at the Ligonier Highland Games this year when ACGA held its latest Mòd — a day-long competition in Gaelic language arts and tradition. The popularity of the Mòd — ACGA has held one in Ligonier each year since 1995 — demonstrates how important Gaelic song is to learning, teaching, and promoting Scottish Gaelic in North America.

Mòd Ligonier, ...Read More
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Young Scot group promotes Gaelic

| | Children, Gaelic Education, Gaelic Resources, Organization

Youth organization and charity Young Scot wants to interest more young people in learning and using Scottish Gaelic. The group launched a national campaign last month that will provide a variety of services, resources and information online in Gaelic on topics from managing money to puberty.

“We know developing language skills is a great way to strengthen career prospects available to Scotland’s young people,” Ruairidh Hamilton, ...Read More

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James Graham named CEO of An Comunn Gàidhealach

| | National Mòd, Organization

James Graham (Seumas Greumach), a Royal National Mòd Gold Medal Winner and a frequent instructor and adjudicator at ACGA events, will become the new chief executive officer of An Comunn Gàidhealach in Scotland in March, after the current CEO, John Morrison, retires.

Graham has been An Comunn’s Mòd manager since 2010, tackling the varied management challenges of national and provincial mòds throughout Scotland. He won the ...

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An Naidheachd Againne: Prospects for Gaelic in 2030; Carina MacLeod interview

| | ACGA Newsletters, Gaelic Education, Gaelic Week @ GFM, Organization

The latest edition of An Naidheachd Againne (“Our News” or “The News At Us”) is available to members of An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA). The quarterly newsletter — now in its 26th year — is a leading source of information in and about Scottish Gaelic around the world, published by our association in North America. Most of the articles, news stories, columns, and features are ...

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