The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA Elects Officers, Plans Online Events, Outreach

| | Organization

An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (The American Scottish Gaelic Society, or ACGA) has elected a new slate of officers for 2020-21, and welcomes two new members to its board of directors.

The ACGA board chose long-time member and former co-vice president Liam Ó Caiside (Cassidy), to lead the board as president for the next year. Former co-vice president Jeff Justice will be vice president, and former president ...

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Grandfather Mountain Song & Language Week Goes Online July 6-9

| | Events, Gaelic Song

ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week (GMS&LW) will be held online, with four days of classes July 6-9 in Scottish Gaelic song and language taught via Zoom. The virtual event will feature Wilma Kennedy and Màiri Britton as instructors.

After the physical on-site event was canceled due to the loss of our venue at Lees-McRae College, the GMS&LW committee swung into action and organized ...

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Corona-bhìoras: Scottish Gaelic COVID-19 Resources

| | Children, Gaelic Education, Gaelic Resources

Dè a th’ ann an corona-bhìoras agus carson a tha a h-uile duine a’ bruidhinn mu dheidhinn?

What is the coronavirus and why is everyone talking about it? If you have children (and if you don’t), this book from Gaelic-language publisher Acair may help answer those questions.

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The Scottish Government has published information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Gaelic here. You can download a “staying ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

2020 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Week Canceled

| | Events, Gaelic Song

We regret to say the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week scheduled for July 5-10 has been canceled.

Tha sinn gu math duilich.

Lees-McRae College, the site of the event for two decades, has officially canceled their hosting of all summer events and programs due to necessary actions taken to address the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes our event. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, which follow 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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Britton, Kennedy, MacPhee coming to 2020 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Week

| | Events, Gaelic Song

Three highly acclaimed Scottish Gaelic singers and educators will be instructors at this year’s Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week (GS&LW): Catriona MacPhee, Wilma Kennedy, and Màiri Britton. Registration for the GS&LW is now open, and may be completed online here.

The GS&LW will be held from Sunday, July 5, through Friday, July 10, at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Information on accommodations ...Read More

The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Spring Scottish Gaelic Classes Planned for New York

| | Beginner, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Resources, Intermediate

The New York Caledonian Club, the heart of the Big Apple’s Gaelic Learning Community, is offering beginning and intermediate Scottish Gaelic classes this spring, and enrollment is open now.

The classes, which begin Feb. 25 and will run through May 5, will be held at the Ripley-Grier Studios in Midtown Manhattan, at 520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets).

The beginner’s class (Scottish Gaelic 101) will ...Read More
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Western Isles ‘Gaelic First’ policy a good first step

| | Gaelic Education

You may have recently learned that Scottish Gaelic-medium education is now the “default” option in Scotland’s Western Isles, the contemporary heartland of the language. What may surprise many outside Scotland is that this wasn’t already the case — after all 52% of people in the Western Isles or Outer Hebrides aged three years or older are Gaelic speakers, according to the 2011 UK Census.

But Gaelic-medium ...

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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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Registration Open for Gaelic Singers, Storytellers at Mòd Ligonier 2019

| | Events, Gaelic Song, National Mòd

The Ligonier Mòd will take place in the town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, at the Ligonier Highland Games Sept. 13-15, 2019, as it has many times in the past!

We will gather Friday night, Sept. 13, for those who wish, for a cèilidh at the Ramada Ligonier, situated in the heart of the town near Fort Ligonier. The competitions will take place at the Ligonier Highland Games ...

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