Saturday, 25 January 2014

How the Gaelic "revival" works vol. I: the Government

Dr Allan's Ministry of Misinformation


  • 26th Sept 2013: Scotland's Census results show that the number of Gaelic speakers has fallen from  58,700 in 2001 to 57,375 in 2011, a decline of 1,325.

  • The reduction between 1991 and 2001 was 7,300 speakers.

  • 11th Oct 2013: Alasdair Allan, Minister for Scotland's Languages, releases a widely-reported press release stating that 

"This year we have proof that our work is making a difference with the 2011 census showing the drop in the number of Gaelic speakers has gone from more than 16,000 between 1991 and 2001 to less than 900 between 2001 and 2011". 

Monday, 20 January 2014

Aren't Gaelic websites wonderful?

Celebrating làraichean-lìon Gàidhlig - oir 's fhèairrde duine gàire


An t-seachdain sa, chòrd a' website ùr aig Skills Development Scotland ri Gilleasbuig buileach glan. [Gu mi-fhortanach ged-tà chaidh na howlers a bu mhios' a chàradh bhon uair sin! - Gilleasbuig, 31/01/14]


Ahem … time to skill up, Skills Development Scotland!


And there was more!

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Gilleasbuig looks forward to 2014

Fàisneachd 'Illeasbuig, am fiosaiche, airson na bliadhna Gàidhlig a tha romhainn


Ann an 2014:



  • A man in a smart suit will present an award to another man in a smart suit, saying "This has been a landmark year for Gaelic";