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Dec 2013

Honour Bestowed on Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College by Her Majesty the Queen

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Alex Morrison, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Gaelic College – Neachcathrach, Bord-stiuiridh, Colaisde na Gàidhlig, today announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, has honoured the Gaelic College in this its 75th anniversary year.“It is with the greatest degree of gratitude and pride that I announce that Her Majesty The Queen has graciously agreed to honour Colaisde na Gàidhlig – The Gaelic College, located in St. Ann’s Nova Scotia with the prefix “Royal.” Effective immediately, Colaisde na Gàidhlig – The Gaelic College will be styled The Royal Cape Breton Gaelic College. In this the College’s 75th year of operation, no greater honour could be granted. We are absolutely delighted that Her Majesty would see fit to recognize the College and its work in this highly visible and meaningful way. “Tha e na onair mhor dhuinn aig Colaisde na Gàidhlig an t-urram seo fhaighinn air sgath na ginealaichean a stri gu cruaidh gus canan agus dualchas nan Gaidheal a bhrosnachadh agus a neartachadh thar gach bliadhna bho 1938.” said Morrison.

The prefix Royal can only be granted by Her Majesty given that it is a personal prerogative of the Sovereign. It is awarded based on significant contribution to the betterment of Canada and Canadian society. The criteria and actual process are administered by Government House in Ottawa in concert with Buckingham Palace.

Mr. Morrison added: “Through this grant, The Queen signals the valuable contribution that Colaisde Rioghail na Gàidhlig – The Royal Gaelic College has made over many decades to the preservation of the varied and treasured aspects of Scottish culture, not only in Cape Breton but across Canada and around the world. All Nova Scotians have good reason to feel great pride on this momentous occasion. This honour is a significant way for the Colaisde to conclude our 75 years of service and bodes well for our future.”

“As Her Majesty’s representative in Nova Scotia and as a regular visitor to the Gaelic College over the years, it gives me great pleasure to see the hard work and dedication of all those who support the Gaelic language and culture recognized with this great honour,” said Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant.

“The determination that our Gaelic College has pursued for over seven decades to preserve the Gaelic language and culture, is truly commendable,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Canada Peter MacKay, Member of Parliament for Central Nova. “Recognized not only here by Nova Scotians but internationally, I am so pleased to see its hard work encouraged by the Queen. No doubt this will only inspire their dedication even more. There is no higher honour. Meal do naidheachd, Colaisde na Gàidhlig.”

Colaisde Rioghail na Gàidhlig – The Royal Gaelic College has marked its seventy-fifth anniversary with a variety of events, including a week-long festival, which saw hundreds of visitors attend concerts, ceilidhs, and more at their St. Ann’s campus in July of this year. It offers year-round educational programming in the arts, culture, language, music, and dance of the settlers to Nova Scotia from the Highlands of Scotland.

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