Gaelic Promotion Day

On Saturday the 6th of February, the Comann nam Pàrant Committee organised and ran ‘Latha na Gàidhlig’ – a fundraising café and Gaelic promotion day.

The day started at 12 o’clock when the café was open for business. There was a lovely selection of sandwiches and rolls, a variety of soups, numerous cups of tea and coffee and two tables full of beautiful baking. All prepared and donated by the committee and their family and friends. There was plenty on offer at the café and we are very glad that a lot of people stopped in and had their lunch and spoke and listened to some Gaelic at the same time. The menus were printed in Gaelic and we had a variety of flash cards around the room to encourage the use of the language.

Through in the big hall, there was even more activity! There was a small area set aside for children to enjoy colouring in, arts and crafts, storybooks and a variety of different things to keep them entertained. We also enjoyed a Gaelic ‘Bookbug’ session led by Ishbel, which went down very well with the children, there was a lot of singing and fun had with the parachute and teddies. Ishbel has been running Bookbug for some time now and it takes place in the school library each Monday from 9am, the next session is on Monday the 22nd of February. All under 3s are welcome at this session.

As well as Bookbug, we also had an Ùlpan taster led by Donna, which demonstrated in a condensed 30 minute session the structure of the course and gave people an insight into how it is run. We are pleased to say that the taster went very well and we had a lot of interest from the public. It is very encouraging to hear that people are interested in learning Gaelic, and if you would like some more information on the course and opportunities to learn then please contact donna{@}

Within the big hall we also had a lot of information relating to the Gaelic language and education, from pre-school to further education and everything in between. It was also a good opportunity for parents to speak to other parents about their experiences and look at the support that is available through various channels such as online support. Anyone who was lucky enough to be in the café at around half one also got the opportunity to listen to the Choir, who entertained us with a few lovely Gaelic songs.

The Tiree Choir have been practising for some time now and also attended the Mod in Oban last year. Their singing was excellent and enjoyed by all. We finished the day off with a massive raffle, and would like to thank all who donated prizes and also bought tickets – well done to all the winners. Overall, the day was a huge success. We hope we have managed to raise the profile of the Comann nam Pàrant committee and encourage the use and promotion of the Gaelic language throughout the community. We also managed to raise a very impressive £515.60 which will be put back into Gaelic activities such as Sradagan Club, Gaelic resources and funding towards Gaelic activities at Fèis Thiriodh.

We would like to say a very big thank you to all who helped make the day a great success, all who made soup, food and baking, who helped out in the kitchen, setting up and tidying up, those involved in activities throughout the day, all who donated and bought raffle tickets and also to all who came along and enjoyed the day!


Mòran taing. Comann nam Pàrant Committee

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