Coffee and Craic CIC – the hearth of Glasgow’s Gaelic Marketplace

Scotland's Gaelic Marketplace

Everything needs to begin somewhere; and I believe I have discovered the beginnings of Glasgow’s emerging Gaelic marketplace and I am excited by this.

I believe Coffee and Craic is representative of of the early stages of such a marketplace. The organisation embodies both trading and community. It espouses some socio-economic values which could be said to be lacking in Scotland when considering Gaelic language planning and development. This said, I am well aware that what I am witnessing is indeed the kindling of a new hearth – toiseach tòisichidh.

Mind you, some locals would maybe argue that what I am witnessing is a rising of the Phoenix – or indeed, Sìth Café, a former Gaelic coffee shop in Partick which had closed down before I got involved in Gaelic. I believe this closure would have influenced the decision not to include a coffee shop in the Gaelic complex on Mansefield Street, Patrick. Unlike Café Sìth though, Coffee and Craic was founded…

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