31st October 2006
Two weeks ago a group of Gaelic speaking teenagers visited Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu ( Glasgow Gaelic School) as part of the annual international Gaelic debate ‘Ri Chèile’ organised by Comunn na Gàidhlig in Scotland and Gael Linn in Ireland.
Pupils from Dingwall, East Kilbride, Fort William, Glasgow, Portree, and Stornoway are joined by pupils from different areas of Ireland. Over and above the debate there was a trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and a social evening hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow.
According to Finlay Cunningham of The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, “This was an excellent trip with many enjoyable activities. All the talks were very interesting and lively. We got a sample of each other’s cultures, histories, the arts and good craic. We hope to be back next year .”
Topics covered this year will be “texts will destroy language”, “only attractive people should get jobs in TV”, “Gàidhlig should be taught in every school in Scotland” and “Radio DJs are very talented”.
Deirdre Ní Sheanachain, (Meánscoil Mhuire, Eadan Doire, Co. Uí) was the overall winner with Donna Marie MacIver, (Nicolson Institute, Isle of Lewis) coming first for Scotland and Éamonn ó Ceallaigh, (Gairmscoil Chú Uladh) coming first for Ireland.