Mary Morrison wrote this blogpost about the “An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach” exhibition launch:-
“Last week, on Friday March 13th, the second stage of ‘An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach’, the exhibition mounted by Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath, (to gather the reminiscences of the island, together with those of Berneray and Grimsay, on the tragic legacy of ‘An Cogadh Mòr’), was launched, this time as a collaboration with Pròiseact nan Ealan’s travelling exhibition, “Gairm nan Gàidheal”, in the Museum at Taigh Chearsabhagh. Despite some hitches with the weather the week before, which meant that the artefacts only arrived from Harris on the afternoon of the exhibition, Simon MacQuarrie, Chrissie MacCrae from the PnE team and those from CEUT at the Museum still managed to mount an array of compelling items, some on loan from the Flanders Field Museum itself, just in time for the opening.
Neil Ferguson opened the exhibition, thanking all those who had worked to make it successful. He then gave a memorable talk about Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna, and, in a strong and melodious voice, sang some of his war poems, very movingly. Còisir Ghàidhlig Uibhist under the direction of Joanna Peteranna and accompanied by Billy MacPhee then sang the first ‘world performance’ of a poem addressed to the bard by the Rev. John Smith and set to music by a choir member, Peter Cooper. Other local bards of WW1 were represented in powerful contributions from family members Isa MacKillop, Catriona Garbutt, Cathie Laing, Morag Nicholson and Duncan MacKinnon, while Patrick Hughes represented the Irish song tradition, all to great applause. Billy MacPhee played a moving solo, ‘The Battle of the Somme’ and encouraged the audience to join in with some local songs. Neil sang again, ‘An Eala Bhàn’, to great applause and Norman Johnson provided us with poignant and fitting reminders of the role of the piper in WW1, through his inimitable piping during the evening. Ùisdean Robertson gave the concluding appreciation to the contributors and launched the third of CEUT’s annual oral history pamphlets, the first to be bilingual, Isa MacKillop’s ‘An Cogadh Mòr.’
As a result of all these musical contributions, this launch turned out to be a historic and most memorable occasion – there was standing room only, throughout the evening; our estimate is that there were over 90 community members present. Small packets of Flanders Field Poppy Seeds were presented for guests to spread across the islands in remembrance. CEUT is grateful indeed for the amazing support this two year project has evoked amongst the community, local schools and especially those tradition bearers who have participated so generously.”
Shared from “An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach“.
More media training coming up – this time through An Radio. Click on the poster for more details and registration.
A video-training opportunity for young people is coming up soon at Cothrom. It’s part of the Enterprise on the Edge scheme. Click on the poster for details.
Clilstore creator Caoimhìn Ò Donnaìle takes learner autonomy and the spirit of DIY self-reliance to a new level with this demonstration of how to make your own draft excluder with maximum efficiency and minimum cost.
The invention itself is a model of effective simplicity, created in real time before your eyes. All you need is a roll of tape. And the same can be said of the Clilstore demonstration itself! All you need is a camera…
Dè cho Gàidhealach agus a tha sin!
Dr Magnus Course, a social anthropologist at the University of Edinburgh, is starting a new long-term research project looking at the relationship between Gaelic culture, crofting, and landscape in the Outer Hebrides.
Magnus and his family will be moving to South Uist for four months from April. In addition to interviews, he’s also hoping to spend time working with people on their crofts to get a better understanding of the work involved.
If you or someone you know would be willing to chat, or if you’d appreciate some free labour on your croft, please check out the details here and get in touch with Magnus.
Abair spòrs a bh’ aca aig Cothrom ann an Ormacleit, latha no dhà ron Nollaig!
‘S cinnteach gun deach tòrr obair a dhèanamh ro-làimh, ge-tà, gus dealbh-chluiche sgoinneil mar seo a chur air dòigh. Nach do rinn iad uile glè mhath, an dà chuid a’ chlann fhèin agus na daoine a bha gan cuideachadh!
An all-star cast from the ranks of Cothrom‘s full-time Gaelic nursery put on a stunning performance shortly before Christmas. Congratulations all round to the young performers as well as the many helpers!