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Scots Gaelic Needs a Strong Advocate - It is Time for a Gaelic Language Commissioner

A leading advocate for Scots Gaelic in the movement to revitalize the Celtic Tongue has called for the appointment of a Scots Gaelic language commissioner. The post would be similar to current offices held in the Welsh and Irish Governments.

Rejoicing in Scotland's North American Colony - Haggis Exports to Nova Scotia Resume

The following is an excerpt from the momentous announcemnt by the Scottish Governmnet ( Full text linked below):

Scotland will start exporting haggis to Canada for the first time in almost 50 years, after Macsween of Edinburgh developed  a new recipe that meets Canadian regulations. It follows the lifting of the Canadian ban on red meat imports from Europe in 2015.

Latest Shot in the French Government’s War on the Celtic Tongue of Brittany

The French Government’s war on Breton, the Celtic Tongue of Brittany, has taken a bizarre turn in a jaw dropping example of the pettiness of the state bureaucracy in France.  A couple in Brittany wanted to call their newborn baby boy Fañch, a traditional name in Brittany.  However, the local registrar rejected this Celtic name and refused to record the birth unless the parents chose an “approved” French name. Fañch is a name borne notably by two Breton writers, Fañch Peru and Fañch Broudig, and is the Breton version of the name François.

Breton Medium Education Gains in Brittany

The following was published in September 2013 by the Multilingual Early Language Transmission (MELT) project, a partnership between four language communities: Breton in Brittany, the Frisian language in Friesland, the Swedish language community in Finland, and the Welsh language in Wales. The project was funded by the European Commission, and was running between November 2009 and October 2011. The report was published on the web site of the Network To Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD), a European wide organisation dedicated to the importance of linguistic diversity.

Pressure Grows to Impose Penalties on Private Sector Over Lack of Welsh Language Services

As a sign of the continued strengthening of the Welsh language, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language society) are taking aim at the private sector for ignoring the needs of Welsh speakers.

After 500 Years the Celtic Tongue Set to Regain Dominance within the Welsh Legal System

An increase of the number of court cases conducted in Welsh is in the offing according to a report issued by Roger Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Citing an “increased awareness” of the impact of devolution in Wales the report suggests the way is being paved for a significant increase in the use of Welsh in the court room and in the “general administration of justice in Wales”.

Cultural Ties Strengthen Between Scotland and Cape Breton in Wake of Gaelic Summit – Boost to Canada’s Maritime Gaelic

At the time of Canadian Confederation, in 1867, Gaelic was the third most spoken language in Canada. As many as one hundred thousand Nova Scotians spoke Gaelic as their mother tongue in 1900. Today, estimates claim there are between 1000 and 2000 Gaelic speakers and learners in the province. The decline in Gaelic language is, in large part, due to educational policies…. In the early 1900’s many students began school as Gaelic speakers but were forced to learn English as that was the only language spoken in school.

Historic Gaelic Summit Unites Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man – Nova Scotia Gaelic College Hosts

A significant event for the Pan Celtic movement took place in July in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. An International Gaelic Summit formally named “Connecting the Gaels an International Gaelic Summit” was held on the campus of Colaisde na Gàidhlig (Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts) in St. Anns. The main participants were the host Gaelic College and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College. Also attending were representative of Gaelic organizations from Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Astonishing Surge In Welsh Medium Education - Spike in Demand for Welsh in the Workplace

There is a revolution underway in classrooms across all three devolved nations; most advanced in Wales, but gaining momentum in Northern Ireland and Scotland too. -   ITV News

Doing Business in Irish - Gaelic League Boosts Support for Irish Speaking Enterprises

The Gaelic League (Conradh na Gaeilge) in partnership with Foras na Gaeilge have introduced the first directory of firms in Ireland who do business in Gaelic. The partnership directory is available through the PEIG.ie website and Pieg.ie app (linked below) and users can locate businesses by category, Irish Province and County. Utilizing the services provided by these businesses directly supports the Gaelic Tongue as the listed firms are Gaelic speaking workplaces which provide goods and services in Irish thus creating an economic demand for proficiency in Gaelic.

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