Written by Teàrlach Wilson for Seachdain na Gàidhlig:
Stornoway, Saturday 17th December 2022 and An Taigh Cèilidh opened: the first Gaelic community space in Scotland. On our launch day, we sang Christmas songs with those who called in for a cèilidh. Lots were singing, they were enjoying the coffee, and we sold a couple of maps and books. The builders aren’t quite ready and so we will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays throughout January while they finish their work, including the exterior walls. You could say this was our soft launch, and when we are ready, plenty more will be happening at An Taigh Ceilidh: daily events (e.g. conversation circles and homework clubs), special events (e.g. memorial events, live music), staff, heritage recording machines, and a shop. Until then, we will be open as a local café where you’ll get a cup of tea or coffee with 10% off if you order in Gaelic and you’ll never have an empty cup! Please follow us on social media (@taighceilidh) to follow our updates!