Re­tir­ing Run­rig in­spire Gaelic school re­source

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

A new schools re­source which cel­e­brates the con­tri­bu­tion Run­rig has made to the Gaelic lan­guage and cul­ture has been launched by Gaelic ed­u­ca­tional re­sources or­gan­i­sa­tion Stòr­lann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig.

The unit is a part of Stòr­lann’s Fileanta re­sources for flu­ent Gaelic speak­ers in sec­ondary school, although it can also be used with some learner classes.

It be­came avail­able to schools in Au­gust, a few days be­fore the band played their farewell con­certs at Stir­ling City Park, and it was back to Stir­ling for the of­fi­cial launch on Thurs­day Septem­ber 19 at Wal­lace High School.

Like all Fileanta re­sources for Gaelic classes, the Run­rig unit is avail­able ex­clu­sively on­line and had been planned be­fore the band an­nounced their re­tire­ment. It cel­e­brates ‘the huge con­tri­bu­tion’ they have made to the Gaelic lan­guage, cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion.

The unit in­cludes the text of nine songs, for lit­er­ary anal­y­sis; seven pas­sages for close read­ing; a class project for young peo­ple to write a Gaelic song of their own; and two in­ter­views – an old BBC in­ter­view with Seon­aidh Beag, the man who in­spired the song The Cut­ter, and an­other with found­ing Run­rig mem­ber Calum Mac­Don­ald, which was recorded espe­cially for Fileanta. Mairi Macritchie, Stòr­lann project of­fi­cer for sec­ondary school re­sources, said the rea­sons for choos­ing Run­rig as a topic were sim­ple: ‘They had just con­trib­uted so much to the Gaelic lan­guage and Gaelic cul­ture. Their farewell con­certs were ev­i­dence of that, as three gen­er­a­tions of Gaels were there. The songs are a huge part of Gaelic his­tory and the his­tory of the Gaelic lan­guage.’

The unit can be found on­line at www.stor­ fileanta/leughadh-litreachas

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