Friday, December 14, 2018
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A competition has been launched in memory of a Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Depute Chairman of Trustees and Project Development Manager.

Donald John MacKay's outstanding contribution to Gaelic and industrial development throughout the Highlands and Islands will be marked by this annual competition.

Launched by trustees of Urras Dhòmhnaill Iain - The Donald John MacKay Educational Trust - the competition will run from a period of 10 years starting in 2018.

The competition is open to any student in Scotland, in full-time or part-time study, at further or higher education level, or working towards a doctorate.

Speaking on behalf of the Trustees, Duncan MacQuarrie said: "The main aims of the Competition are to promote all aspects of Gaelic culture; to promote education in and through the Gaelic language; to promote the study, appreciation and use of the Gaelic language; to encourage young people to continue the seminal work of revival which Donald John MacKay inspired; to enable young people throughout the Highlands and Islands to develop entrepreneurial skills; to build community confidence through strategic planning; and to facilitate social inclusion and lifelong learning. Donald John was a key figure in many Gaelic-related developments in the 20th and 21st centuries. This Competition will enable young people to demonstrate innovative ideas, fresh thinking and develop personal interests."

Arthur Cormack, Chief Executive of Fèisean nan Gàidheal added: "We are honoured to collaborate with the Donald John MacKay Educational Trust and will work to deliver an annual competition for Gaelic students throughout the UK worthy of the memory of a key figure in the development of Gaelic and the Highlands & Islands.  The competition is now open with applications required by Friday 16 November."

Specific examples of topics relating to industry/work areas on which entries for the competition could be based include Forestry, Livestock, Arable farming areas, Arts development, Sculpture and other creative arts, Transport issues, Support for the disabled and/or young people, Development of sporting opportunities, Music-related developments, Writing and oral skills, The natural environment – wildlife, flowers, fauna etc, Accountancy/Finance/Financial Planning, Sports and pastimes for young people in particular, Development of numerical skills in young people, Imagination, The seascape of the Highlands – wildlife and the environment, Sailing, climbing and outdoor pursuits such as hunting, shooting, fishing.

Specific examples of topics relating to industry/work areas on which entries could be based include:

Forestry
Livestock
Arable farming areas
Arts development, including sculpture, music, writing and other creative arts
Transport issues
Support for the disabled and/or young people
Development of sporting opportunities
Improving Gaelic oral skills
The natural environment – wildlife, flowers, fauna etc
Accountancy/Finance/Financial Planning
Development of numerical skills in young people
Sports and pastimes for young people in particular
The seascape of the Highlands – wildlife and the environment
Sailing, climbing and outdoor pursuits such as hunting, shooting and fishing.

Further details of the competition including timescale are to be made available on the Fèisean nan Gàidheal Website here.

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