Funding boost for Uist Gaelic Centre

Ceòlas are to receive £5,000 to establish a first class cultural facility in Uist

South Uist has moved a further step towards the creation of a dedicated centre for Gaelic music, language and dance with a Scottish Government grant of £5,000.

The additional funding, announced today by Education Secretary Michael Russell, will help local cultural body Ceòlas develop the proposal which could generate an additional £2 million for the local economy and create 50 jobs.

Speaking after viewing the proposed centre for the site at Daliburgh, Mr Russell said:

“Ceòlas has an international reputation and its annual Summer School is seen as an important progression for students from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and other centres. It regularly attracts 100 students annually and contributes £50,000 to the economy of South Uist in a single week.

“Ceòlas want to create a permanent base in Uist and today’s additional funding will help them develop to ensure their ever-growing activity programme brings the maximum benefit to Uist and the best experience possible for their students.”