Iomain Cholmcille

Iomain Cholmcille has supported matches between Gaelic-speaking teams in Ireland and Scotland.

Iomain is the common Gaelic name for hurling and shinty, but there had been little focus on Gaelic in the international matches, or in recent years in Scottish shinty teams. However, this is changing. In 2007, a Gaelic–speaking team from the Highlands and Islands came together to play a team from Cumann Mícheál Breathnach in Conamara.

The first match took place in Oban, and the Conamara team won. Iomain Cholmcille has grown, and in 2009, there was a Gaelic mini-festival in Portree in the Isle of Skye where the Scottish side won the match for the first time. The 2010 match will take place in Conamara, and Colmcille hope to develop the scheme in partnership with Comunn na Camanachd, and Irish clubs and broaden the participation to other Gaelic-speaking teams.

The exchange has been effective at the level of sport language and community.

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