Some Good News for Gaelic

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More on the #ScottishCensus2022. Some good news for Gaelic. The census shows us that: 2.5% of people aged 3+ had some skills in Gaelic in 2022. This is an increase of 43,100 since 2011. The percentage of 3 to 15 year olds with Gaelic skills doubled from 1.3% to 2.9%. Small changes sure, but an […]

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An Open Letter to Defend Gaelic

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As Misneachd writes: “There will not be a second chance to preserve Gaelic as a spoken vernacular language in Scotland.” This is an Open Letter to Jenny Gilruth and Shona Robison which you are invited to draw on and submit your own letter to the ministers in opposition to the cuts to community development workers […]

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Community of Contested Discourse in the Gaelic Development Debate

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The editor of Bella Caledonia contacted me at the end of last week about a vigorous debate around “Gaelic” in relation to the Gàidhealtachd, and with the Gàidhealtachd referring to the grounding in which the Gaelic language – and a great deal more – might be said to live, and move, and have its being. […]

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The Celtics

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If you’ve been spending any time in the Gaelic or Gaelic-adjacent parts of Twitter over the last few days, you’ve probably been made unpleasantly aware of a filmmaker in the United States who has been trying to raise money to make a Celtic-themed television series.  If you haven’t been spending time in the Gaelic or […]

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Say A Gaelic Phrase Day

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Hands Up for Trad have initiated a day to celebrate Gaelic. It’s aimed at people trying out their tentative learning. They say: “Friday 5th February 2021 is the first ever Say A Gaelic Phrase Day. This is an new initiative, to encourage people to have a go at speaking Gaelic! Hands Up for Trad are […]

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Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part 5: What You Can Do for Gaelic and the Gaels

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In the last four articles in this series, I explained that Scottish Gaelic is the endangered language of the highly minoritized Scottish Gaelic community, especially the ethnic group known as the Scottish Gaels; that the Gaels, over the course of the last millennium, have endured terrible and continuous injustice at the hands of the state […]

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Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part 2: The Gaels as Victims of Cultural genocide

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In the last article in this series (‘Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part One: Gaelic as the Language of a Minoritised Community’), I argued that the Scottish Gaels constitute a minority ethnic group that has been continuously subjected since the Middle Ages to an ongoing process of cultural genocide. In this article, I will recount […]

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Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part One: Gaelic as the Language of a Minoritised Community

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In the first of a series of articles Adam Dahmer explores the importance of promoting the Gaelic language, in response to some of the anti-Gaelic bigotry and misinformation that still exists. When I first came to Scotland and began to study Gaelic, my teachers warned me about ‘mì-rùn mòr nan Gall’ – the indifference or […]

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The Basse Yutz Flagons and BBC Myth-Making

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In Neil McGregor’s much-admired radio series  A History of the World in 100 Objects he today focused on the early world of the Celts through two bronze drinking flagons, the Basse Yutz Flagons – considered to be the most important and earliest examples of Celtic art. As his programme reaches a crescendo of analysis he […]

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The Seven Marvels of Scotland – Seachd Mìorbhuilean na h-Alba

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You’ve heard of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, but have you heard about the Seven Wonders of Scotland? These come from the Gaelic tradition and were known as “seachd mìorbhuilean na h-Alba—the Seven Marvels of Scotland. #1 Tobraichean Ghlinn Iuch The Wells of Linlithgow (Ghlinn Iuch) have long made the town famous. An […]

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