Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir
The Gaelic School of Baltimore
A’ Cumail Gàidhlig Beò: Preserving Gaelic Heritage
Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir is a non-profit educational society that teaches and promotes the Scottish Gaelic language and culture in Central Maryland.
We started as a small group of learners, holding our classes in Liam Flynn’s Ale House on North Avenue in Baltimore City. We moved the classes one block down to a quieter setting in a conference room, but the Ale House remains an anchor location for our group. The Ale House is an important element in the larger life of Celtic Baltimore. Class participants meet at the Ale House for food and drinks, and some attend the Irish Traditional Music Sessions after our classes. The Ale House hosts a wonderful Burns Night celebration as well as many other events, and the Tir na nÓg Dancers practice there.
While language learning is at the root of who we are, we are also interested in supporting all aspects of Gaelic culture, and ways of being knowledgeable about and supporting developments in Scotland and the other Celtic countries, keeping us connected to the lands of our ancestors.
Our driving vision is to stimulate greater common use of Gaelic and foster a Gaelic speaking community here in Central Maryland that could link up with Gaelic speaking communities and organizations in other areas. Far more than simply studying in classes together, we hope for a Gaelic community built on friendship and mutual support in which the language can thrive; a community where the participants see each other for life cycle events, get together casually, and support each other as in any community, but in this one we are building common use of Gaelic and fostering the culture today in our home area.
While we are rooted in Scottish Gaelic, we regard the Gaelic world, be it Scotland, Ireland, or the Isle of Man, as one cultural whole with linguistic and cultural variations. Many of us who currently participate have ancestors who went to Ireland from Scotland and were there for generations, and many have both Scottish and native Irish family lines.
We welcome all people interested in Gaelic language and culture who may find their place here in a variety of ways from attending classes or events to more intensive involvement. We hope you come as classmates and continue as friends and family.