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For nearly 200 years, the Royal Celtic Society has been at the cutting edge of activity to support the language, literature, music and culture of the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. The Society holds regular events for members, awards medals for excellence in music and literature and sponsors a wide range of organisations dedicated to the traditions, language and arts of the Highlands and Islands.

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Performance of Bas Chonlaoich

Scotland Ireland(The death of Connlaoch.)

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival will include a performance of the great Gaelic epic ballad, Bas Chonlaoich, sponsored by the Royal Celtic Society, a reprise of the production originally staged at Edinburgh University's conference on the Ulster and Finn Cycles, held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye in the summer.

From chief's halls to Celtic houses, heroic ballads and their stories have been at the heart of Gaelic culture for centuries.  Two exceptional performers, singer Margaret Stewart and storyteller Padruig Morrison, use tale and ballad to share the story of Connlaoch - son of Scottish warrior princess Aoife and Irish hero Cu Chulainn - who died at the hands of his own father.

The performance is in Gaelic with provision in English and takes place at the Netherbow Theatre in Edinburgh on Saturday 20th October at 6.30 pm.  The performance lasts only an hour so it is the perfect start to a Saturday night's entertainment in the capital.

Lecture Series Continues on 11th October

Peter Macdonald Dome RoomWe look forward to welcoming leading Gaelic sports broadcaster, dr Hugh Dan MacLennan, as our speaker for the second lecture in the current series, held once again in the Dome Room, HM New Register House, West Register Street, Edinburgh, on Thursday 11th October at 1.00 pm.

Hugh Dan's session is intriguingly titled The Book of the Club of the True Highlanders and the Littlejohn Album, wherein lies the truth about shinty.

Hugh Dan's family lived virtually on the site of the Battle of Inverlochy, where the Society of True Highlanders was founded in 1915.  His first language was Gaelic, his first degree was from Glasgow University and his subsequent PhD from Aberdeen University, where the Littlejohn Album is now held.

He is a Professional Fellow of the Academy of Sport, University of Edinburgh, and was the first ever sports writer in residence at teh National Library of Scotland.  He broadcasts on sport in Gaelic and, sometimes, English.

These lectures are designed to appeal to members of the public as much as to members of the Society, including those who are visiting Edinburgh and those who live and work there.  Taking place at 1.00 pm, to accommodate local workers on a lunch hour, you are welcome to bring your sandwiches and eat them during the talk.  Similarly, if you need to leave early to get back to work, you are welcome to do so.

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