Paisley weatherman Sean Batty reveals his passion for Gaelic
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PROUD Paisley weatherman Sean Batty is famous for being passionate about Scotland’s weather.
The STV presenter, who began his career with the Paisley Daily Express, is a regular on our screens telling us all about what weather to expect.
But now he’s revealed to the Express he has another passion – learning Gaelic.
Sean has been secretly learning the ancient Scottish language in readiness for his hometown hosting the Royal National Mod in 2013.
He said: “I’m a very patriotic Scottish person and always have been. Weather and Scotland have always been my two biggest passions.
“I’ve always wanted to learn Gaelic and I’m frustrated that we never got the chance to learn the language in primary school or high school.
“I believe Scottish people should learn their own language.
“I worked for the BBC in Wales quite a lot and even though I was based in Cardiff, which is quite a big city, Welsh was the first language for a lot of people.
“I remember thinking it was such a shame in Scotland that we don’t speak our language to the same level.”
Paisley was announced as the host town for the Mod in 2013 in February this year which prompted Sean to seek out some lessons.
Sean said: “I hosted the Provost Community Awards at the start of the year when it was announced the Mod was coming to Paisley in 2013.
“I thought that was a great reason to try and learn it in time for the Mod coming to Paisley.
“I’d love to be involved in some way, be an ambassador for Paisley.
“Most of the time the Mod seems to be quite far away, this year it was in Caithness and it’s been in areas which are never terribly accessible.
“Paisley is such a beautiful town with fantastic buildings like the Abbey, Town Hall and Thomas Coats Memorial Church.
“The Mod coming to Paisley will give the whole town a boost. It has gone down a wee bit in the last 10 years or so but I hope this will bring it back.
“It definitely seems to be improving.”
Although he’s a proud Buddie, Sean said people often mistake him from coming from other parts of Scotland.
He laughed: “When I’m presenting the weather I don’t have a Paisley accent, it’s a wee bit Highlander.
“I was on holiday in North and South Uist and Benbecula during the summer there and I was in a shop and the woman behind the counter asked what part of Barra I was from. I laughed and said, ‘I’m not from Barra, I’m from Paisley!’
“I can switch the accent on and off.”
After searching online, Sean found evening classes running at Williamsburgh Primary School in Paisley on Wednesday evenings.
The free classes are held from 7pm till 9pm with different courses running at different levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Sean said he’s determined to be fluent by 2013.
He said: “You stay in each class for a year but I’m hoping to speed through it so I’m ready for 2013! I’d love to welcome people to Paisley – but I don’t think I’ll be singing at the Mod.”
And as for his weather broadcasts, he said he’s looking forward to dropping in the odd Gaelic word.
“I already refer to the Western Isles and use the Gaelic names which I know they really appreciate.
“A couple of weeks ago we were learning about weather words so it was quite good picking those up.
“I’ll try and drop it in to my broadcasts when I’m feeling more confident.
“But I’ll probably only need to know two for Scotland – wet and wild!”
* NOTE: Our Gaelic sub heading reads: A warm welcome to this year’s Mod