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The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia

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Anns an eagran seo... | In this edition...

1) Katie Maggie MacLeod

Naidheachd | News
1) Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide Documentary Interviews 
2) Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide Enrolment 

Céilidhean Beò | Live Céilidhs
1) Lunch Time Ceilidhs
2) Weekly Cape Breton Square Dances 

3) Mabou Tuesday Night Ceilidhs 
4) Gaelic Conversation Group

7) Mawi'tane'j Céilidh 
8) Johnstown Milling Frolic
9) Nova Scotia Community Museum Sessions

Clasaichean Beò | Live Clases
1) Beginner Gàidhlig Class at The Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre

Céilidhean Air Loidhne | Online Céilidhs
1) Pop-up Gàidhealtachd - The Highland Village

Clasaichean Air Loidhne
1) Gaelic Online
2) Sgoil Gàidhlig an Àrd-Bhaile Fall Classes

Gàidhlig air an Rèidio | Gaelic on the Radio
1) Gaelic on CBFM 
2) Gaelic Nova Scotia Station
3) Aiseirigh nan Gàidheal


Katie Maggie MacLeod

You can read her obituary HERE

Naidheachd | News

Taigh Sgoile Na Drochaide Documentary Interviews

Gaelic community member and filmmaker Iain MacLeod (An t-Inneal Espresso, Na Tuinichean Mì-thoilichte) is making a short documentary film about Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide in Mabou. As part of the film he is interviewing older community members about their experiences with Gaelic and its exclusion from Nova Scotia schools during their childhoods. If you are interested in being interviewed, or perhaps a parent or grandparent would be, please email Iain:  

Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide Enrolment
Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide is starting enrolment for its second year! If you have any questions or wish to enrol your child please contact

Céidhlidhean Beò | Live Céilidhs

Lunch Time Ceilidhs 

Head on over to Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College in Saint Anns Cape Breton, at lunchtime (12:15pm) catch some great tunes and some steps from some of the best employees and instructors at the college. Learn more HERE
Weekly Square Dances

There's a variety of Cape Breton Square Dances that happen weekly with new tunes and musicians each time! See below for the different days and times:

Monday: Drop in every Monday night from 9:30pm-1:00am at the Brook Village 19+ Square Dances 

Wednesday: Every Wednesday night at Normaway Inn come by to hear some great tunes and see some great steps at their Ceilidh and Square Dance series

Thursday: Come by every Thursday night for the weekly family square dances at Glencoe Mills from 9:00pm-12:00am

Friday: Every Friday night head over to St. Joseph's Parish Hall for their weekly adult square dances in South West Margaree

Saturday: Head over to West Mabou every Saturday night for their family square dances from 9:00pm-12:00am year round
Mabou Tuesday Night Ceilidhs

Come join us on Tuesday nights over at the Mabou Parish Hall for a Ceilidh! Every week there's some more amazing musicians with some great tunes, see you there!
Gaelic Conversation Group 
Scottish Gaelic conversation group hosted by Emily McEwan. Meeting weekly at 6:30 pm at The Cottage Café - An Teachín, Paddler's Cove, 300 Prince Albert Rd, Dartmouth, NS. Drinks & snacks can be purchased at the café. (If you don't see us outside on the patio, knock on the door!)

We've set this up as a weekly event, but please double-check the listing HERE each week before coming! We might have to cancel a few here & there.
Mawi'tane'j Céilidh

Sponsored by the Gaelic Narrative Project and the Skye River Trail Association. 

Bring something that reflects your culture for the give-away gift blanket. 
Activities include a basket showcase, teachings on the Mi'kmaw game waltes, a medicinal walk, tea samplings, Mi'kmaw songs and dances and the stories behind them, a traditional feast, Gaelic singing and fiddling, and a cultural exchange give-away.

Let's meet in We'koqma'q, Unama'ki (Cape Breton) to learn more about Mi’kmaw traditions and build bridges across cultures. 

All welcome. RSVP to

Johnstown Milling Frolic

You are all warmly invited to the 87th Johnstown Milling Frolic! It it will be so nice to welcome everyone back after a 2 year hiatus.
This may be THE LAST ONE in the old hall, so let's make it a doozy! 🥳
The Johnstown Milling Frolic is the longest-running milling frolic on CB Island & all of Canada! It's the only annual Gaelic event of its kind in Richmond County. This is a homecoming for many in our community & a time to celebrate our Gaelic roots.
Bingo, tea, snacks, community crafts & bake sale.
On August 19th join us at 7pm for some Gaelic Songs. We welcome native speakers & learners of all levels to come & share songs around the milling table. If you don't have a song, come sing the choruses. 🎵
Dance begins at 9pm with Shelly Campbell, Allan Dewar & friends.

Association of Nova Scotia Museums Unlocking Community Museum Collections

More information HERE

Clasaichean Beò | Live Classes

Beginner Gàidhlig Class at The Bay St. Lawrence Community Center

Ever wanted to learn Gaelic? Well now's your chance, come young, come old; come one, come all! If you don't know any Gaelic: Great, you won't notice if I make a mistake. If you're fluent: don't judge my accent too hard.

I will be teaching how to introduce yourself, and how to use "ciamar a tha thu?", with a focus on speaking skills (no french-style verb drills, I promise). And I will be happy to answer any questions I can about the language and Gaelic heritage in general!

I hope to see you all there! Tha mi an dòchas gum bidh mi a' faicainn a h-uile sibh ann!

More information HERE

Céidhlidhean Air Loidhne | Online Céilidhs

Highland Village is hosting upcoming pop-up Gàidhealtachd, the dates are June 24th, July 8th, August 5th, September 16th, October 21st, and are resuming their weekly pop-ups in November.

Click here for more information.

Clasaichean Air Loidhne | Online Classes

Join our growing online classroom this fall with Gaelic Online! It is a Scottish Gaelic language program dedicated to teaching its students to read, write, and speak the language. Its goal is to provide a fun and effective pathway to Gaelic fluency wherever you live.

And new for 2022, we're thrilled to be able to offer level 1 for university credit in partnership with Cape Breton University! It is offered in two, 12-week, 3 credit courses (Gaelic Online Level 1a and Level 1b) over the Fall and Winter semester, respectively.
This course runs in 2 sessions per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-4:30PM Atlantic Time.

Find out all the details HERE!
Registration is open for our Fall Session! 
- Please note the updated number of weeks, course formats and fees
- As we are based in Nova Scotia, all class times are listed in ADT/UTC-3
- Please email to register!

Gàidhlig air an Rèidio | Gaelic on the Radio

CBFM has Feasgar còmhla ri Cailean Dòmhnullach! The show will be in Gaelic and will run Monday-Friday evenings from 7-9! Colin is the Director of Gaelic at Colaisde na Gàidhlig and the show starts Monday evening!

Listen in HERE 


Gaelic Nova Scotia Station

The Gaelic Nova Scotia Station will be on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am

97.5 Community Radio in Kwipew

Listen live at to hear conversations, music, and the voices and views of Nova Scotia's Gaelic community.

Aiseirigh Nan Gàidheal 

Listen in to this long running bilingual (Gaelic and English) radio program live at 6pm-7pm on Saturdays!

listen live at this LINK!

Comhairle na Gàidhlig would like to thank the North British Society Charitable Trust for their generous support of this newsletter.

To view more information on the Trust, please visit their website HERE.
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Canada  B0C 1H0

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