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Mar 2014

Note from Board of Governors of Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College

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Note from Board of Governors of Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College

Dear Foundation Members and Stakeholders:

During the past number of months, the Board of Colaisde na Gàidhlig has received considerable input from Foundation members and stakeholders regarding the granting of the prefix, ‘Royal’. The opinions shared are sincerely appreciated and show the tremendous passion Nova Scotia Gaels have for who they are, where they come from, and where they are going.

The Board of Governors is honored to have Colaisde na Gàidhlig recognized by Queen Elizabeth II. International recognition, as such, speaks to the high quality of programs at Colaisde na Gàidhlig and its new direction going forward.  In saying this, after serious consideration, the Board has decided not to proceed with using the ‘Royal’ prefix, as granted, in its day to day operations. We will, however, endeavor to properly acknowledge this honor, in a number of ways, throughout the days ahead.

The College looks forward to increased dialogue with its membership about governance and foundation issues, and with the Gaelic cultural community as Nova Scotia Gaels continue to promote, preserve, and protect their shared Gaelic history, language, and cultural identity.

Le deagh dhùrachd,

Bòrd nan Riaghladairean/Board of Governors
Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College

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Dec 2013

Nuallairean, a Gaelic Christmas tradition

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by Joyce MacDonald, Gaelic Coordinator

There’s been a lot of talk at Colaisde na Gàidhlig about how we’ll get through the cold, dark months of the year without sessions at the Red Shoe, square dances every day of the week and our students who keep us hopping all summer long. We’re determined to make our own fun here in the country, so that means getting together with friends for music, outdoor activities and good times.

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Jan 2013

Journey in Gaelic Language Learning

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By Colin MacDonald, Gaelic Interpreter, Colaisde na Gaidhlig

My name is Colin MacDonald and I work at Colaisde na Gàidhlig as Gaelic/Music Interpreter, and Tour Guide for the Great Hall of the Clans museum.  I took my first Gaelic class when I was in grade 11 at Dalbrae Academy in Mabou.  Margie Beaton was the Gaelic teacher at the time, and I enjoyed her class so much that I challenged for credit my grade 10 Gaelic class, and also took Gaelic again in grade 12.


Oct 2012

Fuarag: A Traditional Gaelic Treat for Halloween

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By Emily MacDonald, Gaelic Director, Colaisde na Gaidhlig

 At Halloween-time, you will still find a few houses in Cape Breton that serve the ancient Gaelic dish, fuarag. At one time, it was very common to eat a spoonful of fuarag at each house you stopped at on Halloween night.  Although all you need to make fuarag is oatmeal and cream, each family and in some cases, each community, had its own special way of preparing and enjoying this dish.


Wednesday night ceilidhs roll on all spring - and we can't wait! Check out the schedule and make plans to attend! :)

April 25 - featuring: Tracy and Michael Cavanaugh, Hailee LeFort, and Margie Beaton | Sponsored by G. William N. Fitzgerald, CM, MD, FRCSC

May 2 - featuring: Kenneth MacKenzie, Rodney MacDonald, Colin MacDonald, David Rankin, Margie Beaton, Brittany MacDonald, and Joyce MacDonald

May 9 - featuring: Shelly Campbell, Joel Chiasson, Hailee LeFort, Brittany MacDonald, and David Rankin

May 16 - featuring: Melody and Derrick Cameron, Hilda Chiasson, Hailee LeFort, and Joyce MacDonald

May 23 - featuring: Kimberly Fraser, Brenda Stubbert, Brittany MacDonald, and Hailee LeFort

May 30 - featuring: Glenn Graham, Rodney MacDonald, Buddy MacDonald, Margie Beaton, and Hailee LeFort

June 6 - featuring: Dwayne Cote, Doug MacPhee, Brittany MacDonald, and Hailee LeFort
Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle and Piano Workshops with Dwayne and Doug from 6-7pm.

June 13 - featuring: Paul Cranford, Mario Colosimo, Colin MacDonald, David Rankin, and Hailee LeFort | Sponsored by Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages

June 20 - featuring: Mike Hall, Joel Chiasson, Joyce MacDonald, and Hailee LeFort | Sponsored by Victoria-The Lakes Liberal Association

June 27 - featuring: Tracey, Jessie Helen, Nora, and Orianna MacNeil, Hailee LeFort, and David Rankin

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