Cuach na Cloinne stays in Lewis

The winning Shawbost team Photo: IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

The Cuach na Cloinne will stay in Lewis for another year, after Shawbost Primary won the final in Lochaber.

A football competition for P4-7 pupils in Gaelic-medium education, the event saw 50 teams from 28 schools competing at regional level ahead of the final, which was contested by Shawbost, Daliburgh, Portree, Inverness, Acharacle and Mount Cameron at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abair last week.

Councillor John A Maciver, chair of the Gaelic plan implementation committee at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “I would like to congratulate Shawbost Primary School on winning Cuach na Cloinne, a national competition.  With 50 teams from across Scotland taking part in the competition, they did wonderfully well to come out on top. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is delighted to support Cuach na Cloinne, a competition that gives young people from across our islands the opportunity to compete in a national sports competition held entirely in Gaelic.

“This illustrates that teams from our islands can compete with schools from across Scotland in sports activities and it is important that we create opportunities for them to do so.”

Councillor Hamish Fraser with Comunn na Gàidhlig’s Marina Murray and all the teams taking part in the final

The Cuach na Cloinne trophy was presented to the winners by Councillor Hamish Fraser, chair of Highland Council’s Gaelic plan implementation committee, who said: “I would like to congratulate Shawbost on winning this year’s Cuach na Cloinne competition. Cuach na Cloinne is a very well established national Gaelic event on the youth sporting Gaelic circuit. I’m delighted that the event is so successful and creating a tournament which is held entirely in Gaelic supports and enhances the young people’s learning experience beyond the class room. It also provides an excellent opportunity for young people to use their linguistic skills through extra-curricular activities. The Highland Council is delighted to support the event which develops the young people’s linguistic skills and also helps to create positive relationships across Scotland’s Gaelic schools. The level of participation by pupils in schools across the Highlands was excellent and my best wishes to everybody who took part in the competition.”

The competition is funded by Highland Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.