• Ceol ‘s Craic – the Gaelic Film Festival

    by  • 14 February 2011 • Gaelic News • 0 Comments

    From Ealain Ghaidhlig, 10 February 2011: Glasgow Film Festival has teamed up with Glasgow arts organisation Ceol’s Craic for a second year running to programme Ceol’s Craic: Gaelic Film Festival, a celebration of Gaelic and other indigenous cultures from around the world, from 26 February. Witness an ancient tradition captured on film with the premiere […]

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    Walks in Uig

    by  • 13 February 2011 • Entertainments, News & Events • 0 Comments

    The (still unnamed) Uig Walking Group went out on Saturday in fine weather – to Suainebhat and out the peat road. The next outing is Saturday 19 February to Carnish, round the old village and out to the beaches, with an option extension on rougher ground along the coast towards Mangersta.

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    Edinburgh Gaelic school consultation begins

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Gaelic News • 0 Comments

    From the Guardian, 31 January 2011: Two options have been tabled by the City of Edinburgh Council responding to local parents’ calling for wider teaching in Gaelic. A public meeting and a survey were announced today as the council assesses ways to continue teaching in Gaelic. Tollcross Primary, the city’s existing Gaelic education centre, is now full […]

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    BBC Trust approves BBC Alba carriage on Freeview

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Gaelic News • 0 Comments

    From the BBC, 21 December 2011: The Gaelic-language service BBC ALBA will be available to viewers in Scotland on Freeview, following approval by the BBC Trust today as part of a review of the service. The review looked at how well the channel is serving Gaelic speakers, how well it is attracting new and non-speakers, […]

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    70th anniversary of ‘Whisky Galore’ is marked

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Hebridean News • 0 Comments

    From Hebrides News, 5 Febuary 2011: Today (Saturday) marks the 70th anniversary of the SS Politician grounding on Eriskay. In 1941, the SS Politician set sail for Kingston, Jamaica with a cargo which included pianos, motor parts, bedding and 28,000 cases – 264,000 bottles – of whisky. Read the rest of the article.

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    Met Office launches Gaelic weather forecasts

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Gaelic News • 0 Comments

    From the Met Office, 1 February 2011: The Met Office has launched Gaelic and Welsh language forecasts on its website, providing the latest weather forecasts and warnings to the 600,000 Welsh speakers and 58,000 Gaelic speakers, along with thousands of learners across the UK. The Met Office ‘Invent’ website will provide up to date forecasts, […]

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    Vikings revered Stone Age objects

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Viking News • 0 Comments

    From News & Views from Norway, 2 February 2011: New archaeological findings suggest that the Vikings considered Stone Age objects to have magical qualities, and that such “antiques” were more important in Viking culture than previously understood. Examinations of around 10 Viking graves found in Rogaland, southwest Norway, revealed Stone Age items, such as weapons, […]

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    Did the Scots visit Iceland before the Vikings?

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Viking News • 0 Comments

    From Unreported Heritage News, 23 December 2010: New archaeological discoveries show that Iceland was inhabited around AD 800 – nearly 70 years before the traditional dating of its Viking settlement. One possibility is that these early inhabitants may have been related to Irish monastic communities found throughout the Scottish islands at that time, and described […]

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    Research begins into Manx Viking ancestry

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Viking News • 0 Comments

    From the BBC, 3 February 2011: Now genealogists from the University of Leicester are using DNA tests to trace Manx ancestry back to the Viking era. Local men with popular Manx surnames are being asked to give a DNA sample to help researchers explore the links between Y chromosomes, surnames and common ancestry. The investigation […]

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    New education dawn for the Islands

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Hebridean News • 0 Comments

    From the Stornoway Gazette, 2 February 2011: A new era has begun for the University of the Highlands and Islands now it has been granted full university status. Thirteen partners, including Lews Castle College in Stornoway (and Benbecula campus) come under the UHI umbrella and a simultaneous celebration of this historic day was marked across […]

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    Councils unite to oppose Coastguard cuts

    by  • 5 February 2011 • Hebridean News • 0 Comments

    From the Press & Journal, 5 February 2011: Council leaders will petition the UK Government on Monday in their campaign to save coastguard services in the Highlands. UK Shipping Minister Mike Penning will bear the brunt of anger from councillors from Highland Council and Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland islands councils at the Department for […]

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    The Man from Scaliscro

    by  • 4 February 2011 • People • 0 Comments

    From the Stornoway Gazette, 29 March 1957. Iain Macleod was born in Skipton, Yorkshire in 1913 and was educated at Fettes and Cambridge. He earned his living from playing bridge for a time, before wartime service. After the war he became a Conservative politician, serving as Colonial Secretary and Party Chairman; a significant legacy was […]

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    Tales of Aonghas nam Beann

    by  • 1 February 2011 • Church, Education, People, Tales & Traditions • 2 Comments

    [singlepic id=1167 w=200 float=left] We’ve looked before at the remarkable Angus of the Mountain. The little stories surrounding his life and faith are numberous – here are a few more abridged from Macfarlane’s Men of the Lews (1924): His mental constitution was not of gun-metal. It was weak and of the wool-gathering order. People said […]

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    Stores for the FP Manse, 1939

    by  • 1 February 2011 • Health & Food, Life in Uig, WWII • 0 Comments

    receipt from Cyril Goodge (petrol and provisions at Miavaig) for the Free Presbyterian Manse, date 13 September 1939 – the day after the induction of Rev John Angus Macdonald as FP minister in Uig, so presumably he is setting out his kitchen. It’s also just a few days after the start of the war. Rationing began in January 1940.

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    Save Stornoway Coastguard

    by  • 26 January 2011 • News & Events • 0 Comments

    Stornoway Coastguard is under threat of closure or downgrading to a daylight-hours-only service. There is virtually universal opposition to the proposals, most urgently and vocally from the coastal communities. Those of us living by the sea are acutely aware of the value of local knowledge, local contacts and extensive experience. Read on for info and links.

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