The Ogham Alphabet

The Ogham Alphabet

The Ogham writing system is a topic that comes up occasionally in connection with Gaelic and Irish tattoos, so I want to share some information about what Ogham is, how it’s related to Gaelic, and what you have to watch out for if you’re going to use it in a Gaelic or...
The Gaelic for “Gay”

The Gaelic for “Gay”

This post contains an affiliate link. February is LGBT History Month in the UK. As an ally, I am celebrating with this post focused on the intersections between LGBT and Gaelic history, arts, and language. I start with a bit of background on the history and situation...
Learning Scottish Gaelic

Learning Scottish Gaelic

Maybe Scottish Gaelic is a part of your family heritage, or you’ve had a longstanding interest in Celtic cultures. Perhaps you were intrigued by a beautiful song, or by the words and phrases in Outlander. Whatever the reason, you may be thinking about learning...
10 Gorgeous Gaelic Voices

10 Gorgeous Gaelic Voices

This post contains affiliate links. When I was 19, a Gaelic song changed my life forever. I heard “’S Fliuch an Oidhche” by Catherine-Ann MacPhee on the Thistle and Shamrock radio program. My immediate reaction was: What is this language? It’s the most beautiful...
Gaelic Crowdfunding

Gaelic Crowdfunding

In the last couple of years, Scottish Gaelic language groups and organizations have started to use crowdfunding as a method of fundraising for language revitalization projects. Alternative methods are sometimes needed because in the English-dominant world there never...
Too Old to Learn Gaelic?

Too Old to Learn Gaelic?

A reader emailed me with this question: Hello, I am interested in learning Gaelic. They stopped teaching it at secondary school the year we started, in 1959. I am also somewhat deaf and have to look at people’s mouths when they are speaking to me. Is it too late for...