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Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh will be inaugurating the Father Allan Trail next Sunday (April 21).

The occasion is being marked by coffee afternoon in Eriskay Hall at 2 pm, followed by a guided walk to each of the 11 cairns along the route.

Each cairn will have a plaque that will be on display during the coffee afternoon.

A virtual walk tour of the walk and St Michael’s Church will also be launched the same day.

The Fr. Allan Trail and online tours are part of the 120th anniversary celebrations marking the construction of St. Michael’s Church.

Fr. Allan, the local priest at the time, was instrumental in locating the church at Cnoc na Sgrath to ensure it was highly visible from many parts of the island.

Donations for the new church came from numerous sources, including Eriskay fishermen who donated money from their landings.

According to the Eriskay Historical Society, “Legend has it that they promised to donate their total catch from a night’s fishing to the church. It is said that their catch for that night far exceeded any catch previously known, but money was donated by the island fishermen men on a regular basis.”

The construction of the church was a collective community effort, with even schoolchildren lending a hand during breaks to carry sand up the very steep hill.

St Michael’s was consecrated and officially opened on May 7, 1903.