An Comunn Gàidhealach
An Comunn Gàidhealach is a company limited by guarantee and a voluntary membership organisation, with charitable status, founded in Oban in 1891 as a vehicle for the preservation and development of the Gaelic language.
It actively encourages the teaching, learning and use of the Gaelic language and the study and cultivation of Gaelic literature, history, music and art. An Comunn Gaidhealach founded a Gaelic Festival modelled on the Welsh Eisteddfod in 1892. This Festival was called The Mòd and it is a result of considerable endeavors that now, over 100 years later due recognition has been granted to the Mod in the form of the Royal assent. The Festival is now The Royal National Mòd.
Her Majesty the Queen is patron of An Comunn Gàidhealach, and the Charity No. is SCO01282.
The Association is usually referred to as “An Comunn”, the Association. For many throughout the world An Comunn is the body which represents the Gaelic language.
Objectives of An Comunn Gàidhealach
The aims of the Association are to support and develop all aspects of the Gaelic language, culture, history and heritage at local, national and international levels by:
- Promoting the use of the language in everyday community life.
- Promoting the study and development of Gaelic language, literature, music, drama and all other related art forms.
- Actively seeking official recognition and use of Gaelic as a living language and national asset by local, national and European Governments and other agencies, by co-operating with all other organisations engaged in the provision of Gaelic language and culture
- An Comunn Gàidhealach is non-political and non-sectarian, and membership is open to anyone sharing the above objectives