Representatives from Argyll and Bute Council attended this year’s Scottish Gaelic Awards after the council’s Gaelic Gathering and Gaelic officer were both shortlisted for awards.
Despite not winning, just reaching the final of these prestigious awards was a huge achievement. Organised by the Daily Record and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the awards celebrate all aspects of Gaelic culture, education and language, highlighting the excellent work undertaken to maintain growth and heritage.
The Argyll and Bute Gaelic Gathering was shortlisted for an event award, whilst the Council’s Gaelic Centre Administrator, Duncan McNeil from Furan Gaelic Centre in Oban, reached the final of the Community, Heritage and Tourism Award category.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “I am very proud that Argyll and Bute Council was represented in not just one, but two categories.
“It shows that we are an innovative and supportive local authority. Our first ever Gaelic Gathering earlier this year was a great success, with over 70 people attending from a number of organisations. It was an important milestone in the future of Gaelic in Argyll and Bute and enabled agencies to come together and plan for the future of the language.
“Duncan McNeil from Furan is also to be congratulated for reaching the final. Duncan does an immense amount of work to promote Gaelic in Argyll and Bute and to try and keep the language alive. He should be extremely proud of himself and all he has achieved to date.
“To have our hard work recognised at these prestigious awards is extremely rewarding.”