Wednesday, September 09, 2009

TIREE NEWS ROUND-UP

Top Scots windsurfer Scotty McDowell looks ahead to Tiree Wave Classic
He is one of Scotland's leading sportsmen but Scotty McDowell just likes to go where the wind takes him. The windsurfer has been catching waves and riding the gusts for 25 years, and sails into the Hebrides next month for the Tiree Wave Classic. A 42-year-old builder by day,he lives on the beach in Troon,Ayrshire, with partner Michelle and sons Jack, 11, and Oliver, five, and spends as much time on the sea as he can spare. READ MORE

Iona Brown: Tiree Place Names Project
This year i have been very fortunate in securing a place on a student work experience scheme which is run by one of the main Gaelic development agencies, Comunn na Gaidhlig. Working alongside Tiree's historical centre , An Iodhlann, for 10 weeks I have been working on the "Tiree Place Names Project" as a research assistant. Through this work i have discovered that there are over 3,000 place names on Tiree, most of which are derived from Old Norse or Gaelic. When the project is complete, the database will be very interesting and a useful resource for anyone to access, The website www.tireeplacenames.org goes live Spring 2010. See this site for more information.

Bumper Lamb Sale
United Auctions held their Annual Lamb Sale on Tiree on 21st August. With over 60 crofters offering stock for sale and 10 buyers from the mainland purchasing on behalf of themselves and others trade was brisk. An excellent offering of quality lambs were shown in good bloom. 4357 lambs were sold, 87 Store cattle and 19 Cows/Bulls. The general feeling at the sale was that the prices were much improved from last year and now more nearly reflect the true cost of producing quality stock. The facilities at Tiree Rural Centre once again impressed both buyers and sellers enabling Tiree crofters the chance to present their stock to its best.

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