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A short guide to Scottish Gaelic in London and Scotland

Compiled by Arthur Findlay artairsheumais@aol.com, who will be glad of errors being pointed out and for ideas to improve the list.

Lunnainn (London)

· Comunn Gàidhlig Lunnainn (The Gaelic Society of London) The oldest Gaelic Society in the world, founded 1777 and still going strong. Has regular meetings in central London and works to promote Scottish Gaelic. Membership enquiries: comunnlunnainn@yahoo.co.uk

· The Highlands and Islands Society of London organises traditional gatherings (ceilidhs) in the London area. Plenty of dancing, live music, leading Scottish singers.

· LACE (The London Association for Celtic Education) co-ordinates promotion of all Celtic languages in London. Address: Roger Casement Irish Centre, Eastgate Buildings, 131 St John's Way, London, N19 3RQ

· Eaglais (Church): Gaelic Free Church services are usually on the second Sunday of March, June, September, and December at 3.30pm at Crown Court Church of Scotland, Russell Street, Covent Garden. Contact Iain M Craighead, 44 Osborne Road, Little Heath, near Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 1SF. There are also Gaelic masses held from time to time in Catholic churches; dates and locations obtainable via memebers of the first three organisations above.

· Evening classes: held for students at all levels on Wednesday evenings from 6.00pm to 9.00pm at the City Literary Institute (The City Lit) at Keeley House, Keeley Street, WC2B 4BA, tel: 020 7430 0548 An annual Celtic Day is held on the Saturday nearest 19 May. Bookable through City Lit's main location at 16 Stukeley Street (off Drury Lane), London, WC2B 5LJ Tel: 020 7242 9872 Fax 020 7405 3347. Talks and taster lessons in Celtic languages including Gaelic.

· Weekend courses held at Wansfell College (near Epping Forest) in November and February for beginners to advanced students (also for singers in November). These courses get booked up fast. Address: 30 Piercing Hill, Theydon Bois, Epping, Essex, CM16 7LF.

· Correspondence Course Gàidhlig Bheò (Living Gaelic): by National Extension College, 18 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 2HN, Tel: 01223 316644

· Holidays: Well worth a visit is the Scottish Tourist Board London Office, 19 Cockspur Street (off Trafalgar Square), SW1Y 5BL Tel. 020 7930 2812 info@stb.gov.uk www.visitscotland.com. For accommodation, transport, and holidays visit www.holiday.scotland.net Highlands of Scotland tourist office website is www.host.co.uk. For holidays in Skye visit www.skye.co.uk. Also, Scotia Travel arranges Gaelic breaks in the Western Isles. Tel: 0141 305 5050 Fax 0141 305 5051 failte@scotiatravel.com, www.scotiatravel.com

Alba (Scotland)

· An Comunn Gaidhealach (The Highland Association) 109 Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EY, has branches and affiliated societies in and outside Scotland. Runs the Royal National Mod, competitions in singing and speaking Gaelic with fringe functions, held usually second week in October at one of various locations in Scotland. Tel: 01463 231226. Publishes An Gaidheal Ur, Tel. 01851 703487 jmi@gaelic.org

· Comunn na Gàidhlig (CNAG): founded to help Gaelic politically, got funding for Gaelic from Government, established subsidiary organisations e.g.CLI (see below) etc.Address:5 Mitchell's Lane, Inverness,IV2 3HQ Tel:01463 234138

· Comann an Luchd-Ionnsachaidh (CLI) Gaelic Adult Learners Association. CLI (pronounced klee) developes Gaelic courses, produces learning materials, has an information service, and publishes a quarterly bi-lingual magazine Cothrom. Address: 62 High Street, Invergordon, Ross-shire IV18 0DH Tel: 01463 711792 cli@gaelic.net www.gaelic.net/cli

· Edinburgh classes: for details of courses including summer schools contact Centre for Continuing Education, Office of Lifelong Learning, The University of Edinburgh, 11 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW Tel: 0131 650 3073, 0131 662 0783, ccesummer@ed.ac.uk http://www.cce.ed.ac.uk/summer Also Telford College, Tel: 0131 332 2424 www.ed-coll.ac.uk

· Glencoe classes Gaelic in the Glen is a course with emphasis on placename study for hill walkers (no text books!) Details (SAE)from Alasdair MacInnes, Am Bealach, Springbank Crescent, Dunblane, FK15 9AP, Tel: 014714 373

· Skye classes at the Gaelic college Sabhal Mór Ostaig, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands Project. Contact Gavin Parsons, Sabhal Mór Ostaig, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, IV44 8RQ. Tel: 01471 888240, fax: 01471 888001, cg@smo.uhi.ac.uk, www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

NB: Only a sample of Gaelic courses listed above. CLI can supply a full list.

Sop as gach séid (A Miscellany)

· Television There are Gaelic programmes nationwide occasionally. Contact Comataidh Craolaidh Gàidhlig (Gaelic Broadcasting Committee) Tel: 01851 705550, fax 01851 706432, admin@ccg.org.uk, www.ccg.org.uk Also BBC's website www.bbc.co.uk/alba

· Newspapers: Gaelic items appear in The Stornoway Gazette, The West Highland Free Press, The Oban Times, The Inverness Courier, The Press and Journal (Aberdeen), The Scotsman, The Glasgow Evening Times.

· Magazines: Tocher, magazine of tales, songs, traditions from archives of the School of Scottish Studies, 27 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD. Gaelic items have translations. Gairm, an raitheachan Gàidhlig, stéidhichte ann an 1952, ri fhaighinn fo sgrìobhadh. (Gaelic quarterly magazine Gairm, unsuitable for beginners.) Contact Gairm Publications, 29 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6BZ, Tel:0141-221 1971, who also publish Gaelic books at all levels.

· Books A list of Gaelic books in print is obtainable from The Gaelic Books Council, Department of Celtic, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. A van comes to London each year. Details from first two London societies listed.

· Banks The main Scottish banks provide Gaelic/English cheque books if asked. Also, a MasterCard helps raise funds for CNAG. For details, written consumer credit quotation, contact Bank of Scotland Card Services, Pitreavie Business Park, Dunfermline, Fife, KY99 4BS (UK residents 18 or over only.)

· Children: Comhairle nan Sgoiltean Araich (CNSA): the Gaelic pre-school council runs groups in Scotland and London. Registered office: 53 Church Street, Inverness IV1 1DR

Compiled by Arthur Findlay, 6 Hamlea Close, Lee Green, London, SE12 8EU, artairsheumais@aol.com, who will be glad of errors being pointed out and for ideas to improve the list.