Butt to Barra District news 26/7/12


Sheepdog Trials – Although we had some rain on the morning of Thursday, July 19 as they were gathering on Lionel machair for the annual sheepdog trials, we are glad to note that favourable dry and sunny weather prevailed for the rest of the day, when competitors with their dogs once again gave a demonstration of their skills in this popular event.

We are indebted and thank all who continue to arrange and help.

Sympathy from Ness – On Friday, July 20, in common with his many friends elsewhere, we were all saddened with the news that John Morrison of Millhouse, Garrabost, affectionately known as Iain a Mhuillear, had passed away in Dun Berisay Care Home, Stornoway.

Iain had close Ness connections, his father, Angus, being formerly from no. 7 Habost, and he retained this connection as long as he was able to, with regular visits through the years to his relatives and his many Ness friends.

Iain, who was aged 96 years, will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him in his work and witness in the vineyard of his Master in church circles, at home and away.

From Ness we share and extend our sympathy to all in the close family circle who mourn in this bereavement.

Habost Death – On Saturday, July 21, we were reminded of the uncertainty of our days when the news that Angus Murray (Angaidh Tharmoid Roaidh) had passed away suddenly at his home at 5 Habost.

Angus, who was aged 76 years, was, up until the end, able to continue working as one of our local active crofters who will now be sadly missed by all who knew him.

At the time of writing it is expected that the funeral of Angus will be on Tuesday, July 24.

We share our thoughts in sympathy with his sisters, Annie and Mina, his brother Donald, and all others who mourn in a sudden bereavement.

The Community Council invite you to a Potatoes and Salt Herring evening in the village hall on Friday 27th July at 6.30 pm. Please come along and enjoy this traditional fare and meet old friends; after the herring there will be an old fashioned desert, and refreshments. The evening is to raise funds for the upkeep of the Community Hall. Everyone welcome.


Carloway Show - The annual show takes place as always on the first Wednesday of August – this year, August 1st. The show is being opened by John MacKay, STV broadcaster and author who knows Carloway well, his father being from Kirvick and his late mother from Garenin.

The opening is at 1.15pm this year to allow some more time for the new piping competitions. There are worthwhile prizes offered in these competitions, and substantial prizes and trophies are also available in the Lewis and Harris Supreme Champion competitions for cattle and sheep.

As in previous years, the show is open to competitors and exhibitors from Lewis and Harris, and includes Heavy Events, sports, exhibits, and stalls. Dog owners are reminded that registration for the Dog Show takes place between 1.30 and 2pm.

The Show Programme, listing all sections and classes, is distributed locally and is also available at newsagents. The Comann Eachdraidh will be open on the day, and the 2012 ‘Sop às gach Seid’ magazine will be available. Playing at the Show Dance this year are the well-known band Skippinish.

This takes place in the Community Centre from 11pm to 2am, with entrance at £10. On Friday 3rd at 8.30pm, the Show Cèilidh takes place in the Community Centre, with artistes including Art Cormack, Iain MacKay, Seonaidh Beag MacMillan, Kirsty Watt, Hannah Knight, and DB MacLeod (accordion).

The MC is John MacNeill, and there is a licensed bar.

Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh - A reminder that the Carloway Gaelic Choir are holding a Pre-Mod Ceilidh 2012 at 7.30pm in Carloway Community Centre, on Saturday 28 July. Tickets cost £5 each, with tickets for under 18s costing £2 respectively. There will also be a raffle, with tea, coffee and homebaking served on the night. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

Carloway Football Club - Carloway took on Back in the League last Friday, in a game which Carloway needed to win in order to stay in the title race.

Unfortunately, after dominating the first half, Carloway lost 4-1, with Kevin “Gochan” MacLeod’s goal not enough as Back’s Fraser MacLeod (2), captain Ross Hall and Mowgli MacLeod scored to seal the win. On the following Monday, the ‘way hosted Ness in the 1st leg of the Eilean Fhraoich Cup semi-final. Deservedly, Ness won 2-1 thanks to goals from Murdo “Mojo” MacLean and a late Stephen Boyd strike, despite Kenny “Dokus” cancelling out the former. It must also be noted that this was the Niseachs’ first victory at Cnoc a’ Choilich since 26th July 2004, where they won 3-2 in the League. Match reports for both of these games can now be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk

Fixtures - Carloway face Point in the League at Cnoc a’ Choilich on the evening of Friday 27th July (tomorrow), with the encounter kicking off at 7pm. Following this, it’s the big one. Carloway travel to Fivepenny, where they’ll face a Ness side who lead 2-1 on aggregate going into the 2nd leg of the Eilean Fhraoich semi-final. If Ness draw at least, they will progress into next month’s final at Rally Park, Tarbert. On the other hand, Carloway must win by two goals at least if they are to progress into the final, with extra time and penalties to be played should the aggregate scoreline finish level.

That match as well kicks off at 7pm. Come out and support your team, as they bid to reach a final!


Tributes /Condolences - In the past few months two well known and respected local women have passed away locally in South Uist.

First, in early May Mary Kate Campbell, [Mairi Ceit Iain Ic’Dhugaill] retired, but who formerly ran the local Post Office at South Lochboisdale for many years died suddenly.

Mary Kate, previously since a young age also worked in Fergusons Shop, and afterwards in the same shop when Mrs Johnston took it over, and whose husband was a local veterinary in South Uist for a long time .

She did a loyal and willing service to her employees and to the general public, running the Post office and as Calor Gas Agent and was a very obliging person with good Christian manners at all times. May she rest in Peace.

Later in same month Mrs Kate Campbell, retired, [Ceitaig Ruaridh Iain] of Macisaac’s shop at West Kilbride, also passed away after a short illness.

Kate also served a shop and Post Office willingly for a long number of years, and as most back then, her values and Christian spirit was also evident to all who knew her, and she was also willing to help out folks after hours in any event.

We will miss people of those qualities in our communities. May God give her eternal rest.