Lewis and Harris continued to play a headline role in Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail in Fort William yesterday.
Pictured is Cuach Aonghas Neacal winner, Mary Sophia Morrison from Harris, and Gaelic ‘oor wullie’ translator Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, from Back, with wife Abigail and sons Seamus, left, and Alasdair (All photography is by John Paul Peebles. )
Yesterday contests took place across singing, poetry, reading and storytelling, with the coveted Traditional Silver Medals being handed out.
The Cuach Aonghas Neacal, donated by Coisir Lunnainn (the London Gaelic Choir) in memory of the late Angus Nicol – is new for 2017 and is awarded to the winner of the poetry recitation competition (ages 11-12).
Aonghas Neacal was a renowned expert on bagpiping music and lore, distinguished Gaelic scholar, and advocate for Gaelic culture
The fringe brings a treat for fans of the old classic, Oor Wullie, as it can be enjoyed in Gaelic for the first time at the Lochaber High School.
The book, which was launched yesterday is published by the non-profit Cuilean Craicte (Crazy Puppy), was painstakingly translated into Gaelic by Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart and Mairi Kidd, with speech bubbles edited by designer Julie-ann Murray.
John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “We’re delighted to be able to award a trophy in the name of both the late Charlie MacColl and the late Angus Nicol – both were stalwarts of the Gaelic community, and the trophies are a fitting and lasting legacy. The level of competition already this year has been outstanding, and the rest of the week promises to live up to expectations.”
Fergus Reoch, conductor of Coisir Lunnainn, said: “Coisir Lunnainn is delighted to commemorate Angus, our conductor, mentor, and friend for many years, with this quaich. Angus’ commitment to Gaelic poetry, music, and to the language itself was inspiring. We hope that this quaich will continue Angus’ legacy of encouraging Gaelic both in the Gàidhealtachd and further afield.”