The Gaelic League


Ed59-ReginaHolderGaelic League – During 1909, the Gaelic League were meeting in the “Gaelic League Hall” in Blantyre which looks likely as being the former Hope Hall, just off Glasgow Road, directly across from the junction of Victoria Street.

The Gaelic League was a social and cultural organisation which promoted the Irish language in Ireland and worldwide. The organisation was founded in 1893 with Douglas Hyde as its first president, when it emerged as the successor of several 19th century groups such as the Gaelic Union. The organisation would be the spearhead of the Gaelic revival and Gaeilgeoir activism. Originally the organisation intended to be apolitical, but many of its participants became involved in Irish nationalism. It is unknown when the Blantyre branch of this league ceased to exist.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016
Thanks for Gordon Cook for the additional information on the location.

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Geraldine Marie Baird My Mother was in the Gaelic League

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