Kate Forbes MSP to issue rallying call to young Gaelic speakers in keynote address

Young Gaelic-speakers have a “duty to pass on the language” to the next generation, Kate Forbes MSP will say in a keynote speech.

Tonight (Thursday 24 January), the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch will deliver the inaugural John Macleod memorial address in Gaelic at the University of Edinburgh.

For a decade the late Mr Macleod was president of An Comunn Gàidhealach, which organises the prestigious Royal National Mod each year, and had a particular passion for encouraging young people in the Gaelic community. He passed away suddenly at the beginning of 2018.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “I am honoured to be giving the first John Macleod memorial address at the University of Edinburgh.

“He was a man who recognised his responsibility to safeguard and invest in the language.

“Most critically, he saw that the next generation needed to pick up the baton.”

She added: “The title of the address captures the sense that as we have inherited a great heritage, we have an even greater responsibility to pass it on.

“I will be discussing the role of young people in taking the language beyond the school gates and into their daily lives.

“We have seen a beautiful musical and cultural revival in Scotland – and it seems fitting that the lecture should fall during Celtic Connections – but we want that to include the language.”

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