About ACGA

Fàilte oirbh gu làrach-lìn a’ Chomuinn Ghàidhealaich Ameireaganaich

Welcome to ACGA, the American Gaelic Society.

Scottish Gaelic is the language of the Scottish highlands and islands and is one of six surviving Celtic languages. Once spoken throughout Scotland, it is tenaciously hanging on and even experiencing something of a resurgence. Quite different from the Germanic and Romance languages, Scottish Gaelic is at the core of the culture and history of Scotland.

Various forms of Gaelic have existed in the British Isles throughout recorded history, and Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is the source of numerous Scottish place names. It is closely related to Irish and Manx (Gaeilge and Gaelg), and more distantly to Welsh, Cornish and Breton, which make up the Brittonic insular Celtic languages.

The use of Scottish Gaelic has declined seriously over the past two centuries as severe economic and political dislocations in Scotland have dispersed Gaelic speakers throughout the world. Gaelic-speaking communities are now found in the Highlands, the Hebrides, cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, and in scattered emigrant communities in Canada, especially Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Fortunately, interest in Gaelic and the culture it helps define are growing, both in Scotland and abroad. What we call “Gaelic Learning Communities” are springing up across North America, driven by interest in music, heritage and culture. An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach strives to promote and preserve Gaelic language and culture by supporting Scottish Gaelic language study and interest in Gaelic literature, song, music, art and history in North America and the world.

A’ cumail na Gàidhlig Beò – Keeping Gaelic Alive!