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Tag Archives: Na Ceiltigh (The Celts)

Síle Na gCrann

Remarkable the things one can find in nature when one is out an’ about. However, can anyone else see it? An organic Síle na gCrann? Or should that be Síle an Chrainn? … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Proto-Indo-European Urheimat

I know that quite a few ASF readers share my interest in the historical origins of the Indo-European peoples but this recent article from Science Mag is a fair introduction … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Celtic Cosmology, Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland

Over the last two decades relatively few studies have been published analysing the cosmological traditions of the Celtic-speaking peoples, at least by academic authors. There was a lot of interest in … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 14 Comments

It Seems That Bigotry Unites As Well As Divides

  Continuing with the controversies that have arisen in the eastern Scottish region of Fife where British nationalist politicians from the main Unionist parties have sought to impede the provision of bilingual services to … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

The English Empire Strikes Back In Scotland

Following on from yesterday’s post examining press reports that Dundee City Council had agreed to reverse efforts to place the English and Scottish (Gaelic) languages on an equal footing in Scotland’s … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

The United Languages Of Europe

Contrast and compare these stories from Scotland on the Scottish (Gaelic) language. First up, from the Courier: “Ambitious plans to promote Gaelic in Dundee have been significantly scaled back. Council … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 27 Comments

Translation Fail

Cautioning on the perils of machine translation, especially when expectations surpass achievable results, Michael Bauer on his Dear Developer blog posts a letter he has written to the Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser following the latter’s suggestion that Scottish (Scottish … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 10 Comments

Prosecutions In Catalonia, Political Revolution In Scotland

The newly authoritarian tone of politics and government in Spain becomes more evident with every passing week. Following a range of laws passed by Madrid banning many forms of public … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Scottish Gaelic And Glasgow University

The University of Glasgow or Oilthigh Ghlaschu is celebrating its historic links with the Scottish-speaking communities of Scotland thanks to a project called Sgeul na Gàidhlig aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu, as reported by the Scotsman … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 7 Comments

Samhain Shona Daoibh

The sun has set, the bonfires are being lit, and the Feis Shamhna is upon us: the nocturnal festival of Samhain marking the commencement of the new year in the Celtic calendars of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 5 Comments

Woe To The Vanquished

Well I’ve waited half the morning to write this post and I’m still unsure of what to say. The feeling of sadness is genuinely overwhelming if only because I have so … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 22 Comments

#VoteYes Dominates Scottish And Irish Twitterspheres

From Trends Map an incredible graphic displaying early morning tweets supporting the “Yes” and “No” sides in the Scottish referendum. Note the pulsating levels of support from Ireland for an … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Common Struggle

Just time to highlight three articles that deserve your attention. The first is “10 Reasons Why Irish Is An Absolutely Awesome Language” from the Czech software engineer Michal Boleslav Měchura … Continue reading

September 17, 2014

An Leabhar Beag Gorm, The Little Blue Book

Last week Wilson McLeod took to the website Bella Caledonia to criticise the glaring absence of the native Scottish (Gaelic) language from the referendum on independence in Scotland. In a … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

Solidarity From Wales, Go For It Scotland

A quick heads-up for a rally by the Welsh Go For It Scotland – Ewch Amdani Alba campaign group in support of Scotland’s bid for independence to be held at … Continue reading

September 10, 2014

Scotland Requires Some Gaelic Solidarity

Until recent weeks the Irish media was relatively quiet on events in Scotland expecting, like most commentators around the globe, for the British Unionist “No” campaign to defeat the SNP-led … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 17 Comments

Festival Interceltique 2014

Sometimes we need reminding that – whatever our origins – we are not just Irish but Celts too, one of the indigenous peoples of north-western Europe. From a report by … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 11 Comments

Equal In Any Language

In yesterday’s Guardian newspaper the journalist and political activist Ellie Mae O’Hagan argues that the Welsh language should be part of the school curriculum not just in Wales but in … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 5 Comments

Ras Yr Iaith 2014

Another quick post, this time to highlight the success of June’s “Ras yr Iaith”, a symbolic relay race organised by Welsh-speakers to celebrate their community and publicise their demands for … Continue reading

July 4, 2014

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