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Greenfinch

19/11/2014 Leave a comment

Greenfinch

Catherine Eunson worked hard behind the scenes during the recent Irish visit. And when she wasn’t cooking she was composing poetry – or taking pictures! So here’s another Island Voice – this one Orkney-born…

Greenfinch

Hopping along bright-eyed with my bonnie beak,
You stopped and you saw me
Through your kitchen window,
Me, the bird in the grass
Vibrant, like a Key lime envoy
With neat feathered edges, yellow and black,
Do you remember?

Yes, I remember,
I remember very vividly, yet
I forget the rest of that day,
And much of the next,
Though both contained plenty of goodness,
Industrious hours spent in the kitchen,
Chicken pie, apple crumble, carrots and cranachan hours,
Three soups, six gingerbreads, spuds and cheese scones.

All the Irish visitors were out walking
While I steamed, clattered, mixed and rolled,
Sometimes like a thing possessed,
All the while minutes dropped through the sieve,
It was over and done with in no time.
But the salmon pie was cooked through,
And didn’t they just love it?

So you were the herald, a éin bhig ghlais,
You were their leader,
That huge migratory flock of moments,
Those welcome winter visitors!
Slán abhaile, agus
Fad saoil agat!

Catherine Eunson, November 2014

Catherine

Categories: Community, UGC

Aon chànan no dhà?

04/11/2014 1 comment

GuthannaAir an oidhche mu dheireadh bha còmhradh goirid “dà-chànanach” ann eadar Caoimhín Ó Dónaill agus Gordon Wells.

’S e Caoimhín, a tha ag obair aig Ollscoil Uladh, a chuir air dòigh a’ chuairt le taic bhon choimpàirteachas “Colmcille”, agus tha Gordon na cho-òrdanaiche aig Guthan nan Eilean, agus e ag obair mar oifigear phròiseactan airson Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

An seo tha iad a’ bruidhinn air mar a bha iad fhèin a’ faireachdainn mu na chunnaic iad agus na rinn iad sna beagan làithean a bh’ aca.

Tha tòrr air tighinn a-mach mar-thà, le bhidiothan gu leòr air seanail ùr “Guthanna na nGael”. (Tha iad air Facebook cuideachd). Agus thathas an dòchas gum bi barrachd ri fhaicinn agus ri dhèanamh còmhla fhathast…

Categories: Community, UGC, Video

Eairdsidh Caimbeul à Beinn na Faoghla

03/11/2014 1 comment

EairdsidhRuevalTha Eairdsidh Caimbeul, à Beinn na Faoghla, air a bhith a’ toirt taic dhan phròiseict Guthan nan Eilean ann an iomadach dòigh bhon a thòisich sinn. Agus ‘s e a bha cuideachail a-rithis air an t-seachdain sa chaidh nuair a thadhail na h-Èireannaich oirnn. Tha e an comhnaidh deònach Gàidhlig a bhruidhinn, rud nach eil furasta uaireannan le luchd-ionnsachaidh a tha dìreach air tòiseachadh air a’ chànan. Agus tha clasaichean air a bhith aige air feadh nan eilean – clasaichean Ùlpan nam measg.

Seo e ma tha, a’ bruidhinn agus a’ beachdachadh air an turas a bh’ aige gu Èirinn an uiridh, agus air na tha ri fhaicinn agus ri dhèanamh air an eilean aige fhèin…

Categories: Classes, Community, UGC, Video

Casadh an tSúgáin

01/11/2014 Leave a comment

Neil Comer of Ulster University is a man of many talents… Ceòl nam measg!

Categories: Community, UGC, Video

Irish Hallowe’en

31/10/2014 Leave a comment

Sitting by the huge original fireplace in the historic Nunton House – on a dark and stormy night – Colm shares his childhood memories of what Scottish Gaels would call “Oidhche Shamhna” with Malachy.

Oidhche Shamhna Èireannach air Clilstore

The two of them are conversing in Irish. This would ordinarily be quite a challenge for Scottish Gaelic speakers, but help is at hand – through Clilstore!

Our Irish visitors have been very quick learners, not only recording, editing, and uploading fresh video, but also supplying a transcript and placing it on the Clilstore platform. This will allow speakers of Scottish Gaelic, and other languages, to read as they listen, and check any words they don’t know in an online dictionary at the click of a mouse. Try it out – Clilstore Unit 2355.

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Sùilean Èireannach air an Fhoghar

30/10/2014 1 comment

Seo blasad dhen obair bhidio aig Máirtín Mac Crábhagáin nuair a thàinig muinntir Thír Chonaill a chèilidh oirnn ann am Beinn na Faoghla.

Chaidh seo a dhèanamh aig an òsdail ann am Baile nan Cailleach – àite snog, sàmhach, comhfhurtail – fhad ’s a bha iad a’ feuchainn a-mach dòighean ùra airson cànan nàdarra a chlàradh. Nach math a rinn iad!

’S ann an Gaeilge na h-Èirinn a tha iad a’ bruidhinn an seo – ged a tha deagh Ghàidhlig Albannach aig Aodán agus aig Caoimhín cuideachd. Saoil dè cho furasta agus a tha e do Ghàidheil na h-Alba a bhith gan tuigsinn? Èistibh, agus gheibh sibh a-mach!

Categories: Community, UGC, Video

Guthanna na nOileán

29/10/2014 2 comments

There’s a very Irish theme to Guthan nan Eilean this week as the project played host to a short but very sweet return visit from partners there. This followed the project’s own “Trilingual Trip” to Ireland last year. Among the visiting party was the talented photograper, Máirtín Mac Crábhagáin, who put together this photo album on Facebook in no time at all. Island Voices is delighted to be able to share the album on its own Facebook page. There will be videos to come…

Categories: Community, UGC
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