BONUS: Dalriada Gaelic - Back From The Brink

June 8th, 2018 · 25 mins 12 secs

About this Episode

Bonus Language Stories?! Yup. Woohoo! This episode, I chat with Àdhamh Ó Broin who is working to bring Dalriada Gaelic, an endangered dialect of Scottish Gaelic, back from the brink.

Just a few years ago, Dalriada Gaelic was a dialect of Scottish Gaelic with only one fluent speaker. That was until Àdhamh Ó Broin took it upon himself to bring the dialect back from the brink. Click through to listen and watch this inspiring story.

Why Dalriada Gaelic?

When I first reached out asking for suggestions of language stories to cover in future episodes, my friend Maureen Millward (who you may know from her blog, language events or helping me with 9 Reasons to Learn Scottish Gaelic) told me about Àdhamh Ó Broin and what he's done with Dalriada Gaelic, I couldn't wait to speak with him and learn more.

Àdhamh has well and truly brought this dialect back from the brink.

The Video


Àdhamh Ó Broin - As well as teaching, translating and working as the Gaelic language consultant for the TV show Outlander, Àdhamh has revived the dialect of Dalriada Gaelic within his own family. To find out more, check out

Further Reading + Resources

Àdhamh Ó Broin - contact Àdhamh directly to learn more about his work in general or enquire about teaching and tours.

Gáidhlig Dhail Riada Facebook Page - Àdhamh regularly updates this page with real life vocab and updates on when Dalriada Immersion Weekends are running.

Dalriada Gaelic – Growing an Endangered Gaelic Dialect - read Maureen's blog post recounting her immersion weekend. - great place to start to learn some Scottish Gaelic (not the Dalriada dialect but would help to give you a foundation in the language)

Learner Links - more links to help you learn Scottish Gaelic (again, the language in general here not the dialect!)

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