Ceann-bliadhna sona dhuinn! #gàidhlig

An-diugh, tha sinn a’ comharrachadh 20 bliadhna bho chaidh Pàrlamaid na h-Alba fhosgladh gu h-oifigeil.

Aig a’ chuirm oifigeil an-diugh, chaidh dàn sònraichte The Long View a leughadh a chaidh a sgrìobhadh Jackie Kay, Makar na h-Alba. Tha e a’ gabhail a-steach Gàidhlig, BSL agus Scots a bharrachd air a’ Bheurla.

Gus an latha a chomharrachadh, tha sinn air eadar-theangachadh Gàidhlig a chur air dòigh den dàn: An Sealladh Fada le Rody Gorman.

Faodar an dàn a leughadh san dà chànanan an seo. 



Gaelic furry friends! #gàidhlig

Are you interested in the Scottish Parliament and in Gaelic? Follow our Gaelic Word of the Week podcast on Soundcloud and learn about the Parliament while also learning a little Gaelic.

Today (Monday 29 May) the Holyrood Dog of the Year contest is taking place which brings together politicians and their pooches to promote responsible dog ownership. For this reason, this week’s Gaelic Word of the Week is cù – dog – not to be confused with the Scots word coo which means cow! This week we also look at the wide range of Gaelic expressions containing dogs and in dogs in Gaelic folklore.

Here are some lovely dogs belonging to Scottish Parliament staff! Top: Isla who belongs to Susan from the Education team,  bottom left, Paddy who belongs to Ewan from the Outreach team, bottom middle, Jim who belongs to Lynn from the FM team and bottom right, Rey who belongs to Cara from the Education team.


Listen to our Gaelic Word of the Week cù – dog


The centenary of the Iolaire disaster: ceud bliadhna às dèidh na h-Iolaire

Seo post bloga dà-chànanach a sgrìobh ar càirdean san Aithisg Oifigeil mu thubaist na h-Iolaire.

Here is a bilingual post about the Iolaire disaster debate that our friends at the Official Report have posted on their blog.


Scottish Parliament Official Report

Yesterday, the Parliament held a debate to mark the centenary of the Iolaire disaster. The debate was led by the MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, who delivered his speech in Gaelic.

In the early hours of the morning of 1 January 1919, His Majesty’s yacht Iolaire was carrying sailors home from the great war when it struck a group of rocks called the Beasts of Holm. The ship sank just a short distance from Stornoway, leading to the tragic death of more than 200 of the around 280 men on board, many of whose families were waiting on the pier to welcome them home from the war.

The tragic loss of so many men in such cruel circumstances had a devastating impact on the island communities of Lewis and Harris, where most of the men were from, and it continues to be remembered with deep and…

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