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Gaelic singer and musician Claire Frances MacNeil will provide half-time entertainment tonight (Friday, February 23) at the Partick Thistle v Dunfermline.

The Barra native will sing live at Firhill in front of the Jackie Husband Stand as part of Partick Thistle’s World Gaelic Week celebrations.

Her performance is just one component of the World Gaelic Week celebration at the game, with Gaelic-speaking mascots and team announcers also joining in the celebrations.

Partick Thistle FC is the first Scottish professional football club to have bilingual English and Gaelic signage around its stadium. This initiative was taken to increase the number of Gaelic learners, users, and speakers in their fan base and the local community. 

It is estimated that Partick and the wider West End of Glasgow are home to the greatest concentration of Gaelic outside of Lewis. Partick’s considerable Gaelic-speaking community was swelled by an influx of Gaels employed on Clydeside.

Glasgow is thought to have around 10,000 Gaelic speakers.

Claire is seen here in the dugout with Partick Thistle manager Kris Doolan.

Image credit: Partick Thistle FC