Sabhal Mòr Ostaig recognises outstanding contributions to gaelic and its culture with sàr ghàidheal award

Six new recipients of the Sàr Ghàidheal Fellowship have been honoured for their outstanding contribution to the Gaelic language and its culture at a special event at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The six new members of the Sàr Ghàidheal Fellowship are: the late Lachie Gillies and Cathy MacDonald who were named Sàr Ghàidheal in 2020; Donalda MacKinnon and Duncan Ferguson (2021); and Julie Fowlis and Kenneth MacIver (2022).

This year, six people were awarded the Sàr Ghàidheal honour, established in 2008, after the event was postponed for the last three years due to Covid.

The Chair of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Board of Directors, Angus MacLeod, said:

“Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is honoured to be able to recognise the contributions of these six ‘Sàr Ghàidheil’ who have done so much for the language and its culture. We were especially pleased that we could gather in person once more to present the awards.

“Each of the recipients have been exemplary advocates and ambassadors for the language and none more so than the late Lachie Gillies, and we were most grateful that Lachie’s family could be with us to receive his award. Lachie was at the heart of the Gaelic community in Staffin and he is greatly missed by all who knew him.

“Three of those who received the Sàr Ghàidheal award have made outstanding contributions to Gaelic through highly successful careers in broadcasting, which is most appropriate this year as the BBC commemorates 100 years of Gaelic broadcasting. Indeed, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig itself is marking its 50th anniversary and what more fitting way to celebrate it than by recognising the achievements of six champions of the language.”

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