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About our group

ClannGàidhlig was established in March 2004 to promote and develop the Gaelic language and culture in the areas covered by the local authorities of East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire (see map).

The main objectives are to promote awareness of Gaelic language and culture; to provide a voice for all who have an interest in the language; and to offer opportunities for them to meet socially and develop their knowledge and understanding.

A varied programme of social activities is arranged across the area, including cèilidhs, concerts, talks, outings and language events, which are open to members and non-members alike. See our EVENTS page for more details.

Our Newsletter “Seanachaidh” is produced quarterly to keep members up-to-date with all that is happening. Click on the “Download” button above to see an example.

Why not join us? Membership costs just £5 a year – you can get an application form by clicking here  (or from the “Download” menu above). Complete and send as directed on the form.

The local authorities of East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire collaborate in support of Gaelic. The group is grateful for the financial support of the three authorities and of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Gaelic in the local area

The presence and impact of the Gaels is evident from the place-names of our area – just look at how many Kil- and Strath- names there are. The river Clyde has a long history as a place of arrival and departure for Gaels – seeking work, re-uniting with families and often setting off to a new life in distant lands.
Today, recent census figures reveal that there are over 3,000 people who can understand Gaelic in either written or spoken form.
Mary McPherson (Màiri Mhòr nan Òran) and Dòmhnall Ruadh Phàislig are just two of the more famous names associated with the area.

Paisley hosted the Royal National Mòd in 2013 and will do so again in 2023. A Gaelic unit has opened in West Primary, Paisley: this is evidence of a growing interest in the language.  In addition to ClannGàidhlig, groups such as SONAS and The Paisley Highlanders meet regularly to promote the language and culture.