Comhairle Presented Copy of Newly Published Book on WW1

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At a meeting of the Gaelic Language Implementation Committee this week, the Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was presented with a copy of Going Down of the Sun, a book which covers the effect of WW1 on villages between Ballantrushal and Skigersta in north Lewis.

All the information in the book was collected and collated by Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and was published by Acair.

The book details the history of one community in the Hebrides and the impact the First World War had on those who left to take part in the conflict, but also looks at the impact of those who stayed at home.

The book is a unique collection of interviews, photographs and writing in Gaelic and English selected from the Comunn Eachdraidh archives.

Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Norman A MacDonald, said: “We were delighted to receive a copy of this book from Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and Acair. This unique collection of stories provides us with an insight into how the 1st World War affected the people of the Western Isles.

“Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was pleased to be able to give a contribution towards the collation and translation of source material.”

Pictured is Agnes Rennie presenting Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Norman A MacDonald, with a copy of Dol Fodha na Grèine