Sympathy from Ness – Following the sudden passing away on Sunday, August 26th, of Diane Morrison, aged 25 years, who worked with Gaelic radio and TV, we share and extend our thoughts in sympathy to the grieving parents and close family circle who mourn in their sad and sudden bereavement.
The Whale – Between the whale and the Guga a lot of activity was evident in Port of Ness last week.
On Monday, August 27th, the carcass of a 24 foot long male Minkie whale was washed ashore at the south end of Port of Ness Sands. As there were problems in the disposal of the carcass because of access and the fear of further deterioration, it was towed out to deep sea by local boat owners on the evening of Friday, August 31st.
The Guga – On the early morning of Friday, August 31st, we are glad to note that the men who had been on Sulasgeir for 13 days returned safe and well with their usual quota of birds ready for the cooking pot.
Cup winners - Carloway ended their 55-year cup hoodoo with a historic victory over Back in the Co-operative cup final at Garrabost. Fraser MacLeod opened the scoring for the Bacachs with just fifteen minutes of the game remaining, before Carloway’s Seumas MacLeod equalised with the head nine minutes later. Following a nervy ending, the match finished 1-1 and as a result the match went to a penalty shootout to decide the winner. Despite missing three opportunities to win, Carloway won 7-6 on penalties with super sub Darren MacKinnon scoring the winner to end one of the longest cup hoodoos in island football. On behalf of the Co-operative Group, Gordon Craigie, hailed by many supporters as the ‘Carloway legend’, presented the trophy to captain Domhnall MacKay and the rest of the squad, who also go down in the club’s history as legends. Dan Crossley received the Man of the Match award. The match report can now be seen on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk - with must-see highlights also available on the club’s Facebook.
Lewis Cup Final - Carloway have another opportunity to win another cup on Friday 7th September, when they’ll face West Side in the Moldova Lewis cup final at Goathill Park, Stornoway. As well as Carloway, West Side will also be targeting a cup double after securing the coveted Eilean an Fhraoich cup last month, after beating the same opponents 2-1 in that final. If Carloway win, this will be the second ever time that they’ve secured a cup double, last achieving this back in 1956 when Carloway won the D’Oyly Carte cup and the Tormod Mor tankard. Friday’s match will also be the third ever West Lewis derby final, previously being held in 2010 and last month respectively. Kick off is at 6pm. Come out and support your team as they attempt to win the cup against their rivals.
Pentland Road Centenary - Comann Eachdraidh Chàrlabhaigh is planning to mark the centenary of the Pentland Road on Saturday 8th September with an exhibition and a variety of events. The road was named after Lord Pentland who was the Secretary for Scotland between 1905 and 1912 and who helped to secure funding for the completion of the road. The new road was officially opened on Friday 6th September 1912 by Thomas MacKinnon Wood who succeeded Lord Pentland as Secretary for Scotland. On the Saturday morning, there will be an opportunity to walk or cycle (or perhaps run!) the length of the Pentland from the end of the Marybank Road to Carloway, and for those less adventurous, the shorter Breasclete road end to Carloway stretch can be attempted. In the afternoon, there will be a rally of vintage vehicles leaving Stornoway at 3pm and heading for Carloway along the Pentland. It is hoped that some members of the Lewis Pipe Band will pipe them in along the last stretch. A photograph will be taken in the school playground at around 5pm, recalling the photo taken in the same place of all the officials on the day of the opening in 1912. A buffet will then be available in Carloway Community Centre, where the exhibition will also be displayed. To finish off the evening, there will be dancing to the Ness Melodeon Club.