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Consairt Nollaig/ Christmas Concert


Gordon Memorial Hall ( St Ninian’s Episcopalian Church) Castle Douglas
3pm Sunday 18th December 2017

Borders Reel & Strathspey Society (conducted by Barbara Lewis) with  ‘spots” from
na Seinneadairean (Gaelic Song Class)

bidh srùpag ann le ceic nollaig.  Nach tig sibh a blithe còmhla riunn?  Cost £5. 

Catrìona Leacsaidh Chaimbeul

Catriona was the Gaelic poetry judge at this year’s Wigtown Book Festival.  On the Friday evening Peggy Hughes chaired an event where Catriona talked about being a writer and read some of her work.  Wow! Abair fior sgriobhaiche!  amazingly gifted, intuitive, writer.  Steers clear of  giving a safe ‘cosy fireside’ picture of Gaeldom, but writes about real stuff in Gaelic.  I bought her book Cluicheadairean, which is about a love affair between a football player and his partner, they are both blokes.  She graciously gave me a copy of the play Shrapnel which is based on a novel her father wrote.  If you get the chance, read her, or listen to her. catrionalc

Na Seinneadairean (Gaelic Song Class)

Gatehouse last Sunday for our first meeting of the autumn.
It is Nicola’s aim to work towards concerts or events and a Christmas concert has been mentioned.
It is also likely that Na Seinneadairean will perform at the Burns Supper and a Clarsach Society event during 2017, as we have done before.

Dates agreed are all Saturdays @11am starting on September 24th, then October 8th / October 22nd / November 5th / November 19th / December 3rd/ December 17th.
The fee for the whole autumn season is only £15 so please bring your cash next time.
Anyone paying each session will have to pay £3 per time so the best way is just to pay the lot and be done! 

The venue will be in Kirkpatrick Durham, hopefully the community bothy, which has a fire for the colder days. If not, the venue will be KD Village Hall.


If anyone has any suggestions for songs, Nicola would love to hear from you so please get in touch:


Clas Gàidhlig Dùn-phris. Gaelic Class Dumfries

Thursday Evenings 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  North West Resource Centre. Dumfriesmap

Starting 19th Jan. through until 23rd March 2017 (10 Weeks)

Cost £35 for 10 weeks, waged;  £25 for 10 weeks unwaged. 

Cheques payable to Gàidhlig Dumgal.  Please give cash or cheques to the Tutor by the 3rd Week (13th Oct.)  mòran taing.

Class will be taken by Barbara Lewis an advanced learner and experienced teacher.  Fiona Collins has too much on with young family, day time teaching job, Bìodain;  so we are lucky and thankful that Barbara is taking the class.  If you did Fiona’s class last year, please come to this one;  and if you are a beginner, that that is absolutely fine.  I am confident there will be plenty for everyone to learn, and those who have a wee bit knowledge, can help the ones with less. Please note earlier start time

If anyone is prefers a class for more experienced learners, then there is Sìne’s on Tuesday afternoons, or Màiri’s on Wednesday Evenings.learn G

Galloway Gaelic Class: Gatehouse of Fleet.

Gatehouse of Fleet Parish Church Hall

Running for 10 weeks, Starting on…….

Tuesday 14th Feb.2017 @ 2:15pm with Anndra…..” I hope least year’s leaners will come back for more, and anyone wanting to start can join us;  dinna be feart, we are all learners, and the complete beginners will be encouraged by the existing members” £25 for 10 weeks. Cheques payable to Gàidhlig Dumgal. Gatehouse kirk 2class will run for 10 weeks, through to 18th April



Cearcall Còmhradh (Gaelic Conversation Classes)

North West Resource Centre Lincluden, Dumfries.

Running for 10 weeks, Starting on…….

Tuesday 17th Jan.2017 @ 3pm with Sìne……”anyone can join if they have a little Gàidhlig and are willing to read, speak,listen and write a little. We are a very hospitable,dedicated group who learn from each other.”  £25 for 10 weeks.  Please give your money to Sìne.  Cheques payable to Gàidhlig Dumgal

or Wednesday 18th Jan. 2017 @6:30pm with Màiri.  “Two members are moving to South Uist, to the midst of a Gaelic speaking community!  Old friends welcome back, and it would be good to see any new faces”.  As with Sìne, class, as long as you have some Gaelic and are willing to join in.£25 for 10 weeks. Please give your money to Sìne. Cheques payable to Gàidhlig Dumgal.  data=RfCSdfNZ0LFPrHSm0ublXdzhdrDFhtmHhN1u-gM,Nf1juZphmuhgKj8W1f1qU5HiO-JqU6gF8VOVHss9HTivxWgK9ajZMGtGUpBY8BaDXNlm8pBiJM_r-L6c0gSBpof51Xi1tUmQfyvMXpQIqKp7a4raG4Sov3Q6xiAkZGh3db5DGekmU9HoOg400px-Dumfries

National Award Winners!

Gàidhlig Dumgal have won Scotland’s Learning Partnership – Adult Learners Impact Award 2015 for Inspiring Learning.

The category in which we were successful focuses on promoting community based learning opportunities successfully, reaching different audiences in the local community with innovative learning opportunities and taking a leading role in developing community based learning opportunities.

Committee member and long-time Song Class stalwart John MacDonald will receive the award from Joan McAlpine MSP at Rona Hope’s Eastriggs class on 16th February.

The Eastriggs class is just one the regular classes run by Gàidhlig Dumgal for Gaelic learning across the region.  Others take place in Dumfries, Gatehouse-of-Fleet and Langholm to support learners from beginners through to later Intermediate.IMG_0133IMG_0132

Airbrushing Gaelic from Scotland’s story


Herald Scotland:
David Ross, Highland Correspondent / Saturday 4 July 2015 / News
Published Saturday 4 July 2015 / News
Updated Sunday 5 July 2015
Visitors are denied a real understanding of Scotland because the tourism industry obscures the true story of Gaelic Scotland and allows historical nonsense to be promoted, important new research has found.

The author challenges VistScotland to take steps to prevent “just any Tom Dick and Harry setting themselves up to take money from unsuspecting tourists” by talking rubbish to them about the Highlands and Islands, when they know little.

Former Deputy Chief Executive of the National trust for Scotland (NTS) Coinneach Maclean, is a Gaelic speaker from South Uist, who trained as an archaeologist.

But also worked in deer farming, community business development and housing investment in the Highlands and Islands, before joining the NTS.

In his late 50s he embarked on a doctoral thesis at Glasgow University, examining the treatment of Gaelic history and culture in the Scottish tourism narrative of the 21st century. His research involved taking a series of bus tours round the Highlands, when listened to repeatedly distorted and highly flawed accounts of the very landscape Scottish tourism promotes.

On one trip visitors were told that Loch BÃ on Rannoch Moor got its name from ‘the noise sheep make’ when ironically it means loch of the cattle. On another one they were told that the Picts had eaten Roman soldiers who had ventured north of Loch Earn through Glen Ogle.

Maclean’s decision to write the thesis had followed his taking a course, validated by Edinburgh University, for advanced ‘ Blue Badge’ tourist guides. He was shocked by the course content.

“I was surprised and increasingly irritated by the almost total blanking of a Scottish Gaelic presence from both history and landscape. When reference was made to Gaelic culture it was treated as though it belonged to the Iron Age.”

He even heard one tutor say that when asked to speak a few words of Gaelic, any old gibberish would do.

“It was one thing for the university to allow such nonsense to be peddled but what mattered more was that the students had paid good hard cash for the privilege, were being denied any knowledge that might have enabled them to effectively guide their clients through the Highlands. ”

He says that all important global tourist destinations today high priority to delivering an authentic experience, but Scotland falls short.

“It would help if VisitScotland might consider paying a little more than lip service to Gaelic, given its absolutely central role in Scotland’s story.”

He says its Gaelic plan gives no strategic thought to how Gaelic might be used in offering visitors an authentic experience.

He suggests VisitScotland supports guide training initiatives. “Such support for quality training should be accompanied by an accreditation scheme which might prevent any Tom Dick and Harry setting themselves up to take money from unsuspecting tourists by spouting arrant nonsense about Gaelic Scotland. ”

But VisitScotland Partnerships Director Riddell Graham, is responsible for co-ordinating the organisation’s Gaelic language activity, said: “We have already made great strides to develop and promote Gaelic, but we recognise that much still needs to be done to fully embed the language into all parts of VisitScotland in a way that it becomes an integral part of our strategic thinking, decision-making and delivery plans.”

Our revised Gaelic Language Plan, which includes the introduction of a ‘Gaelic Spoken Here’ Welcome Scheme and promoting the story of Scotland’s Gaelic heritage and language in our consumer-facing marketing activity, is currently with Bord na Gaidhlig. We look forward to receiving their feedback and to working with the wider tourism industry to continue to promote Gaelic and further enhance the authentic experience available to visitors.”

A spokeswoman from the University of Edinburgh said the university no longer administered the Blue Badge course.

“However, the University’s Office of Lifelong Learning is fully committed to the promotion of Gaelic language and culture. In addition to its Gaelic language course it runs a number of short courses throughout the year that place

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