Monday, October 31, 2011

Tiree Array: From last week's Oban Times

Public urged to take part in Tiree consultation

Members of the public are being encouraged to make their voices heard as part of the Tiree Onshore Scenario Mapping study,which is considering the potential onshore implications of the proposed offshore wind farm off Tiree.

The community consultation process has already seen two drop-in events on the island.

The project steering group is now keen to hear from anyone who was not able to attend the second of those,where an interim assessment of the potential scenarios was presented,but who would nevertheless like their views taken into account.

Councillor Neil Mackay,Argyll and Bute's spokesperson for enterprise,energy,culture and tourism said:"It is very important that people understand that they can still have their say on these interim assessment findings,whether or not they were at the last drop in session.

"The exhibition boards presented at that event,along with the response forms,are available online and I would encourage people to have a look at them and submit any comments they may have."

The documents can be found  All written responses should be submitted by Friday,November 4 2011.

The study is being managed by a steering group chaired by Argyll and Bute Council,which also includes the Scottish Government,Highlands and Islands Enterprise,Tiree Community Development Trust,The Crown Estate,Scottish Power Renewables,  Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited,Scottish Natural Heritage and the NHS.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tiree Success at the Royal National Mod

Many congratulations to Iain Smith and Eilidh MacFadyen of Tiree High School on their 1st and 2nd places in the category below for accordion at this years Royal National Mod in Stornoway.

Comp No:C178
Comp Title:Accordion Open U19
Description:Smith Mearns Trophy
Comp Date:Saturday, October 15 2011
1st:Iain Smith - Àrd-sgoil Thiriodh
The Smith Mearns Trophy
Gold Badge
2nd:Eilidh NicPhaidein - Àrd-sgoil Thiriodh
Silver Badge
3rd:Pàdruig J P Moireasdan - Sgoil Lionacleit
Bronze Badge

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Profit Reconquers Wave Classic

From 'Surfer Today':

Ben Proffitt has defended his title after winning the 2011 Tiree Wave Classic, held on the Hebridean Isle of Tiree, in Scotland. The thrilling final day of action capped a memorable week of windsurfing for the 25th anniversary of the prestigious event.

Proffit, 33, had to beat three-time winner John Skye twice to secure the consecutive title. "It feels good, it feels really good," said Ben, who's from Shropshire.

"I was a bit gutted when I lost the lead on Monday but to come back in the triple - and to win it – feels better than if I'd have been leading all the way," he said.

"To win back to back is special. I didn't really think about until I was talking to a couple of people from the camera crew, and I wasn't really expecting it because it was a really strong field this year, but I'm really happy about it," said Ben.

Proffit is on top of the standings for the British Wavesailing Association (BWA) Wave Tour title, with one contest – in Cornwall – to come. 

"Obviously Tiree is the one event you really want to win," said Ben. "But the best to win is the overall title. Now I'd be quite happy if we had no wind in Cornwall! Or if there's wind and I win there too, that'd be even better!".

Aleksy Gayda, the 17-year-old from Canvey Island, won the Amateur contest, Mark Lloyd took the Masters while Debbie Kennedy won the Ladies division.

Results of the 2011 Tiree Wave Classic:


1st Ben Proffitt
2nd John Skye
3rd Phil Horrocks


1st Aleksy Gayda
2nd Lewis Merrony
3rd Scotty McDowell


1st Mark Lloyd
2nd Davey Edmiston
3rd Keith Shorrocks


1st Debbie Kennedy
2nd Sophia Joy Gilje
3rd Kariina Perhonen


1st Tom Bennett-Lloyd
2nd Torin Prescott
3rd David Taylor

Sunday, October 09, 2011

More amateurs join Tiree Classic

A record-breaking number of amateur windsurfers take part in the 25th Tiree Wave Classic competition.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Tiree hosts 25th windsurf classic

The prestigious Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing contest celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend.
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Thursday, October 06, 2011


It's sad to wake up to the news of the death of this great visionary.  All of us who have some kind of a web presence - even those of us who almost exclusively use Microsoft products - owe him a great debt.

This is a link to an extended audio special only just released from This Week In Tech.  If you have problems getting it to work try going HERE.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Jo In Ullapool

Here's a great picture of my mate Joe Kavanagh giving it 'laldy' at the recent Mull Cyclosportive.

Monday, October 03, 2011


The Tiree Lunch Club, formerly known as the Tiree Resource Centre, has received substantial funding from the Big Lottery Fund to finance a mini-bus and Outreach Worker. The read more from the online edition of An Tirisdeach, CLICK HERE.