Join us for a Maryland-Northern Virginia Picnic Céilidh


Halò a h-uile duine!

Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir and Gàidhlig Photomac will hold a joint outdoor picnic céilidh for Gàidhlig learners around the region. (Family, friends, and newbies welcome).  Join us to kick off the summer.

Sunday, 4 June
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Hike with Gaelic learning; Gaelic session at site for those who do not want to hike
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Picnic and céilidh – Food, music, songs, craic

Carderock Pavilion
11701 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD (map)

For hikers and nature lovers: The Billy Goat Trail offers excellent (strenuous) hiking for those who would like to come early. The C and O Canal trail offers less strenuous adventure and nature-watching to those who want to see heron, water fowl, tangier, and many, many native plant species.

More info on hiking, parking, and the C and O canal:

More detailed directions from 1-495:
1. From the Beltway (I-495), take exit 41
(Coming from MD, the sign will say: Carderock, Great Falls, MD. Coming from VA, the sign will say Clara Barton Pkwy, Carderock, Glen Echo.)
2. Take the Clara Barton Pkwy going west.
3. Take the next right (sign says “Carderock, Carderock Div. NavSurfWarCen”).
4. Go up the ramp (you’ll see an I-495 sign).
5. At the top of the ramp, go left at the stop sign.
6. Go across the bridge over the Clara Barton Pkwy and continue straight into the park (don’t turn at the opposite end of the bridge).
7. Follow the road as it winds to the right and goes under the C&O canal bridge.
8. At the stop sign, where the road stops at a T, GO LEFT. We will be in the parking lot of a large pavilion (which we have not booked).


Sunday, 4th of June: Hold the Date for a Joint Maryland-Northern Virginia Céilidh


Halò a h-uile duine!

Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir and Gàidhlig Photomac will hold a joint outdoor picnic céilidh the afternoon of Sunday, 4 June.  It will be held at a state park in one of the Virginia or Maryland counties around Washington, DC.  Details will be forthcoming, but we wanted everyone to have plenty of time to put it on their calendars.

This will be the first time in years that the Gaelic-learning communities of Maryland and Northern Virginia will be co-hosting an event to bring the two communities together.

There will be lots of music, singing, stories, and food.  Watch for announcements.


Join us at O’Flynn’s for Gaelic Conversation this Wednesday

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Next Gaelic Conversation Session is

Our next Gaelic Conversation Session is this Wednesday, 8 March at 6:30 pm.  We are now meeting at O’Flynn’s, 3432 S. Hanover Street.  This is a very casual session where we work to improve the everyday use of our Gaelic.  Never been to one?  Doesn’t matter. Join us. It’s a lovely pub atmosphere.  Have some food and drink, and learn some Gaelic.  Please RSVP if you intend to come, so we know how many to expect.

Next Baltimore Céilidh on Sunday, 5 March

Halò a h-uile duine!

Just a reminder that our next céilidh will be Sunday, 5 March,  3 pm – 6 pm.

Some have already RSVP’d. If you have not done so and want to come ceilidh-2please RSVP soon to

This time we will be in Towson, Maryland. As always, because it is a private home, the address will be given once each person RSVPs.  As with each céilidh, there will be a Gaelic language immersion section in the beginning, a cultural presentation, and the traditional sharing of poems, songs, stories, and more. Hopefully everyone will learn a couple Gaelic songs together over each céilidh.


We ask that everyone bring a poem, song, story, or something to share (it doesn’t have to be in Gaelic – though that is always great).

Chì sinn sibh a dh’aithghearr.

Our Gaelic Group Plans to be at Two Festivals this Spring


It would be great if folks could join Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir at two Maryland Celtic festivals this Spring.  Both are a lot of fun.  We hope you can put them on your schedule. Please drop by and hang out at the Gaelic tent.  We’ll play some music, sing some songs, eat some food, lift a pint together, and enjoy the craic.

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival (website is not up to date, but this is the correct date) Saturday, 29 April,  Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, 10515 Mackall Road St., Leonard, MD
Scott Morrison’s band, Dileab Phriseil,
will be playing at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival

Next Gaelic Conversation Session + Burns Night – 25 January

a Chàirdean,

Our next Gaelic Conversation Session is this Wednesday, 25 January, at 6:30 pm.

The 25th is the birthday of the “Ploughman Poet”, Robert Burns (1759-1796), and Baltimore has for years had a wonderful Burns Night celebration at Liam Flynn’s Alehouse.  Now that the Ale House has closed, at least for the time being, Liam is holding the same great celebration at his other place, O’Flynn’s, which is in the Brooklyn neighborhood on the Patapsco River, at 3432 S. Hanover Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21225.

To allow us all to enjoy the Burns Supper, we are holding the Gaelic Conversation Session at O’Flynn’s this Wednesday.  We will start at 6:30 pm as usual. If you have never been to a conversation session and want to come, please do.  It is a very beginner-friendly session.The Burns Night celebration starts at 7:30 pm.


The cost for Burns Night is $25, covering the full meal (haggis, neeps, & taddies, etc.), and the customary readings of Burns’ poems, and wonderful piping and traditional entertainment.  For reservations, call (443) 956-1702. To keep up with Burns Night news, go to the O’Flynn’s Facebook page or website.

Please RSVP to if you will be attending the Gaelic Conversation Session on 25 January.

Tha sinn an dòchas gum bidh sinn ‘gur faicinn an uairsin.
(We hope we will see you then.)


Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh uile! (& Join us for Gaelic in 2017!)

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh uile! – Happy New Year to you all!
And Happy Hogmanay!

Below are scenes from Hogmanay around Scotland from previous years for you to enjoy. May all your fires burn brightly throughout the year.

Am bi sibh a’ dèanamh amas air Gàidhlig ionnsachadh sa Bhliadhna Ùr 2017?  Thigibh ann cuide ruinn!  (Will you make a resolution to study Gaelic in the New Year 2017? Join us!)  Click here for learning opportunities.

Something to think about: Scottish customs of the new year contain messages that can be relevant to how we think about entering 2017. While bonfires celebrate the lengthening of daylight and thus the “return” of the sun, in our own lives, we can use fire to call forth the light and passion within each of us, calling us to be our best selves in the months to come. By our own candles or fires, we can decide what goals for spiritual and personal growth we will set for ourselves, and link ourselves to our heritage and ancestors.

Hogmanay piper

And even the ancient custom of first footing – the belief that a tall, dark, handsome stranger coming to your door the first thing after midnight of the New Year brings good fortune to the household. The idea of first footing is that the first person who comes through your door indicates the character of your New Year. On the one hand, by offering hospitality to the visitor you begin your year with a generosity of spirit. On the other hand, we can  consciously choose what we admit through the front door, then open that door with great intention and greet it!


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A typical Baltimore Gaelic School céilidh and class:

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