• Write for Us

    We are always looking for new material about the people, places and stories of Uig.  This website has a lot of readers now, and we know you have stories to share too.  If you’d like to write something about the past, present or even future of Uig, we’d be happy to hear from you.  Besides entertaining our friends and relations around the world, any new stories will be welcome additions to the Comann Eachdraidh collection.

    Your own memories of growing up in Uig, people you remember from the past, your holidays in Uig, your parents’ or grandparents’ lives, schooldays, games, traditional ways around the croft, recipes, knitting patterns, old family documents, songs and old stories will all be welcome, in English or Gaelic.   If you’d rather leave the actual writing to us, we’ll be happy to oblige, but we need your ideas.

    If you write a “letter to the editor” about an issue of relevance to Uig, we’ll publish it; and if you’d like to float a genealogical query or put a theory out for comment, we’ll publish it.

    Photographs and films of Uig are in hot demand too, from any era.  If you’re in Lewis, we will be happy to scan them (or copy film or video) and return them quickly along with digital copies for you; otherwise photos can be emailed.

    Don’t be shy!  If you have any stories, photographs or ideas, please get in touch with any member of the committee.

    Mòran taing.

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    2 Responses to Write for Us

    1. Deborah
      24 August 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Apart from the one person who spoke diaigragpnsly of the Irish and the teaching of Gaelic in the Republic of Ireland (the North is under very different rules as a part of the English Crown), the prior posters have gotten different parts of the answer. Put most of them together and the picture becomes more complete.Ireland’s story is of course one of tragedy and conflict. Attempts to absorb Ireland into the English dominion, and alter Irish identity and culture to be more English, began in earnest after the famous Flight of the Lords in the early 1600 s. Under James I, the process began in a determined fashion. By the time of William III and ultimate reduction of any Irish self-rule in 1690, the process was in full strength. It was matched, by the way, with similar events in Scotland, another Gaelic -speaking country.Historically, the use of Gaelic began to fail under the oppressive treatment of the Irish in the 1700 s. Laws forbade educating the Irish. As a result, hedge schools arose in which children were tuaght secretly and by accident helped also reduce the use of Gaelic. Many of the teachers were priests who passed along knowledge of Greek and Latin!In the 1840 s a movement called The Young Irelanders led a renewal of irish identity, partly by adopting Gaelic terms in their public statements. This was well before the use of Gaelic had returned and the language emphasized. This was a romantic movement that helped restore a sense of Irish-ness in a country long overlaid with English customs and patterns. In 1893, leading literary figures founded the Gaelic League, which sought to restore the language and ultimately became embroiled in resistance and revolt.There are a couple of web sites that very efficiently paint the full picture:Fifteen years ago, a little over 9 per cent of the Irish population claimed ability to speak or use Gaelic in a range of fluency from poor to excellent. That has certainly increased as a total percentage, but still remains a small part of the nation. English today in Ireland is indeed both a language of convenience for trade, ease of dealing with visitors and those who don’t have Gaelic and a language left over from the centuries of English dominance. Gaelic is the tongue that recalls the Irish soul.

    2. 25 July 2013 at 7:32 am

      After I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the
      -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment
      is added I recieve four emails with the same comment.
      Is there a way you are able to remove me from that service?
      Cheers!

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