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Fàilte oirbh gu làrach-lìn a’ Chomuinn Ghàidhealaich Ameireaganaich

Welcome to ACGA

Scottish Gaelic is the language of the Scottish highlands and islands and is one of the few surviving Celtic languages. Once spoken throughout Scotland, it is tenaciously hanging on and even experiencing something of a resurgence. Quite different from the Germanic and Romance languages, Gaelic is at the core of the culture and history of Scotland.

Gaelic has existed in the British Isles far longer than English, and is the source of numerous Scottish place names. It is closely related to Irish and Manx, and more distantly to Welsh, Cornish and Breton.

Its use has declined seriously over the past two centuries as severe economic and political dislocations in Scotland have dispersed Gaelic speakers throughout the world. Gaelic-speaking communities are now found in the Highlands, the Hebrides, cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, and in scattered emigrant communities in Canada, especially Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Codroy Valley, Newfoundland.

Fortunately, interest in Gaelic and the culture it helps define are growing, both in Scotland and abroad. An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach strives to promote and preserve the Gaelic language and culture by supporting Gaelic language study and interest in Gaelic literature, song, music, art and history in North America and the world.

A’ cumail na Gàidhlig Beò – Keeping Gaelic Alive!