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Glasgow: the great city of the Gaels
A rallying cry for the Highland Land League during the battle for secure croft tenancies in the 19th century, this Gaelic proverb continues to be relevant to this day, especially so following the scenes in Kenmure Street in Glasgow early last month when the Pollokshields community came together to defend their neighbours from a dawn raid by Home Office Immigration Enforcement.
Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches Launches New Website
Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches has launched a new website which aims to enhance user engagement and ensure sustainable access to its content. New features on the website include: transcriptions of Gaelic recordings; photographs and detailed biographies of some of the best-known contributors and fieldworkers; blog posts; and Gaelic-medium resources for schools and nurseries developed by TAD.
A Prince on the run 275 years ago
On landing in Eriskay at the southern end of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have reached into his pocket and cast a handful of seed upon the ground at Coilleag a’ Phrionnsa. The beautiful flowers, a pink Convolvulus, took root and have grown on the dunes ever since.
A’ Ghrian a’ Dannsa – Will you watch the sun dance?
Early one Easter Sunday when I was about eight, my father came into the bedroom I shared with my sister and said: “Èirichibh, feuch am faic sibh a’ ghrian a’ dannsa!” – ‘Get up and see the sun dancing!’ As I sleepily got out of bed and tried looking at the sun as it rose over Beinn a’ Mhuilinn, it did appear to be dancing as I blinked to adjust my focus, the colours burning into my vision!
Reality, for many people just now is not easy to contend with, and for many in the past it was equally and perhaps more constantly difficult. That may explain why story-telling and mythology were so highly prized. They offered mental relief. One could escape into a fantastic world and forget current miseries. I have never played a computer game, but I suppose they partly fulfil the same function.