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November issue 2019

MacKinnon MacNificent on Mull

The term ‘stormed to victory’ was well and truly justified at the weekend when Paul MacKinnon and Paul Beaton sped and splashed their way to a convincing triumph on the Beatson’s Mull Rally in the Staffa Tours Ford Fiesta R5. Throughout the weekend, the rain didn’t let up, and when there was a break in the showers, it seemed that it was just drawing breath before pelting the thousands of spectators with more!
Despite the relentless rain, the rally ran faultlessly and was a credit to the organising team and the hundreds of volunteer Marshals. Three years after the last ‘proper’ Mull Rally, its popularity amongst competitors was never in doubt. When the Entry List opened two months ago, it was full within 53 minutes of going on-line including a long list of ‘reserves’.
MacKinnon’s victory means it is now 17 years since a non-islander last won this unique event, and ironically it was the second placed crew, Lancashire’s Daniel Harper and Chris Campbell, who scored that victory way back in 2002 ... more in the full issue

Paul MacKinnon's Ford Fiesta on its way to winning the 50th Anniversary Mull Rally.
Photo © Lindsayphotosport

Mòd Ghlaschu

Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich returned from this year’s National Mòd in Glasgow weighed down by six trophies, probably the most silverware we have brought home for a very long time!!
The Ladies Choir came top in their section, fighting off strong competition from nine other choirs from rural areas in the Western Isles and on the mainland. As well as winning the competition overall, we also brought home the trophies for highest marks in Gaelic and Music, and Elizabeth Jack won the baton for the winning conductor.
The other two trophies were the MacCowan Trophy for the highest aggregate marks of all Argyll choirs, and the John Lockie trophy for highest Gaelic marks over our three competitions, which we think of as ‘our’ trophy, having won it for each of the five years since it was first presented by the Edinburgh Caithness Association.
We are hoping to find a place to display our silverware, and will let everyone know in due course... more in the full issue

The Ladies Choir with their trophies - Photo © Graham Hood

Tosgaire Gàidhlig na Bliadhna

Dr Alasdair C Whyte, originally from Salen, was awarded the prestigious accolade of Gaelic Ambassador of the Year at the Royal National Mòd in Glasgow.
Presenting the award, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “One of the highlights of The Royal National Mòd is the opportunity for us to present the Gaelic Ambassador’s award to an individual who has contributed enormously to the nurturing, support, development and expression of the Gaelic language. This magnificent trophy is being presented with enormous pride to Dr Alasdair C Whyte.”
Alasdair was brought up within a family of singers and musicians and has been singing in Gaelic from an early age. In 2006, aged 19, he won the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold medal at the National Mòd. He now regularly adjudicates at provincial and national Mòds... more in the full issue

Alasdair receiving the award from John Swinney - Photo © Graham Hood