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New frontiers for Gaelic

Posted by Editor On February - 16 - 2009

An Comunn Gàidhealach will hold its Annual General Meeting in Oban next Friday, February 20th.

As organisers of Am Mod Naiseanta Rioghail (The Royal National Mod) the organisation have described the last two Mods hosted in Lochaber and Falkirk respectively, as both ‘socially and financially successful’.

It is believed the Lochaber Mod reinforced the language and culture in an area that many consider to be the Gaelic homeland, whilst the Falkirk Mod created a strong interest in Gaelic in lowland central Scotland. And its legacy can now be seen through the creation of a Gaelic Forum; regular Gaelic events and a branch of An Comunn in Falkirk.

The AGM will provide a forum for members to discuss all the developments that are taking place in the Gaelic world. The introduction of BBC Alba last autumn was seen as a milestone whilst the advance of Gaelic Medium education is a cause for celebration. New teaching methods such as ULPAN and the adoption of Gaelic Language Plans by a range of public bodies is a cause for optimism. Whilst the resurgence of interest in traditional music is a great inspiration to us all.

After the AGM members will have the opportunity to preview the new web-site being developed by An Comunn. Phase one of the website is nearing completion and later phases will see developments that will streamline the administrative processes of the Mod.