We Owe Halloween to Ireland

Halloween isn’t your typical celebration.
And, Halloween food isn’t exactly ‘normal’ either.

Fact: we owe Halloween to Ireland. 
This is the autumn festival when, as my ancestors believed,
the ghosts of the dead
returned to the land of the living.
Spooky.
Really, though, that’s why we like Halloween. It’s not ‘normal’.
It’s scary, it’s unpredictable and it’s a little bit weird.
Just look at the food. Continue reading

Spooky Halloween events taking place across Scotland

There’s a chill in the air and I don’t just mean the temperatures outside are getting cooler. Halloween is nearly here. We take it very seriously in Scotland, with ancient traditions and superstitions living on. What will you be doing on All Hallows’ Eve? Cowering under the covers?

We hope not, because we’ve come up with some suggestions of the best things to do this Halloween with a range of events to suit everyone; from fun events for all the family to the downright terrifying. Take your pick from haunted houses, ghost walks, scary films, pagan fire festivals and more. Continue reading

6 Scottish Fire Festivals That Will Warm Your Heart This Winter

It’s time for us to wrap up warm and take to the streets to fight the darkness with spectacular winter fire festivals in Scotland! Flickering flames are fascinating when they dance in the dark, perhaps because they have the ability to both support life through their warmth, but also the power to devastate it. Whatever the draw, Scotland has a long history of brightening dark winter nights with great displays of fire, and the season approaches with much excitement. Continue reading

Haven’t visited clanmacaulay.org.uk recently? Check out new info!

There’s new and updated information on Famous MacAulays and MacAulay Books and Authors! Also, check out the new MacAulay Artists page. The array of talent of MacAulays past or present – be they activists, authors, actors, artists, athletes, musicians or politicians – is truly outstanding.

As always, if you know of people or places (or new ideas) for our website, please let us know and we’ll happily add the information.

Celtic Life Magazine October 2018 Issue

Fall for fashion with our October 2018 edition as we stitch together the Celtic threads that weave the rich tapestry of our culture! Also, we chat-up Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, profile Cape Breton’s first musical family The Barra MacNeils, travel ‘oot & aboot’ through Argyll & Bute, explore Italy’s ‘Scotlian’ village of Barga, dig up roots with Cornish quartet The Rowan Tree, get eerie in Eire, and much more! And, as always, we bring you the latest in Celtic news, views, reviews, recipes, fashion, culture, history, heritage, tradition & more! Subscribe today!

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MacAulay Matters Newsletter September 2018 Edition here!

The September issue of MacAulay Matters is now available here. This is your newsletter. We welcome interesting stories and pictures. No limits to your creativity! It’s about sharing everything MacAulay.

In this issue:

  • Willie John Macaulay
  • Our Chief visits Aviemore
  • A monument for Zachary MacAulay
  • A special visit 23 years ago to Donald & Catherine (Catriona) MacAulay!
  • Read Paperboy, the Musical—Irish Times Review
  • Meet the 2018-2019 Executive
  • Spotlight on Members
  • Spotlight on Commissioners
  • Spotlight on Executive
  • The 2019 Aviemore Gathering
  • MacAulay Shinty Cup 2018
  • Uxbridge Scottish Festival
  • Fergus Scottish Festival
  • Detroit Highland Games
  • Cape Breton Gathering
  • Cape Breton Photos

CASSOC An Drochaid – The Bridge, September 2018 Newsletter version 3

The Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada September 2018 newsletter An Drochaid – The Bridge is now available! We just joined CASSOC this month so are excited to be a part of CASSOC. I have submitted an article on the happenings of the MacAulays for their next issue. Enjoy reading about what Clan members of CASSOC have been up to in 2018!

Sept 2018 An Drochaid – Volume 46 Issue 3