Gaelic foot­ball tour­na­ment held in Lochaber

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE Cuach na Cloinne will stay in Lewis for an­other year fol­low­ing Shaw­bost Pri­mary School’s suc­cess in win­ning this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, beat­ing Dal­iburgh, Portree, In­ver­ness, Acharacle and Mount Cameron pri­mary schools in the na­tional fi­nals which were held at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abair. Th­ese six schools had qual­i­fied for the fi­nals, win­ning re­gional com­pe­ti­tions which had been held in Lewis, Uist, Skye, In­ver­ness, Ard nam Mur­chan and Glas­gow. A to­tal of 50 teams from 28 schools took part in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Lax­dale Pri­mary School won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.

Cuach na Cloinne is a na­tional foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion, which cre­ates an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple from pri­mary schools across Scot­land who at­tend Gaelic Medium Ed­u­ca­tion to meet and com­pete against each other and com­bines their Gaelic lin­guis­tic and foot­balling skills in an in­clu­sive and en­ter­tain­ing man­ner. The com­pe­ti­tion is held en­tirely in Gaelic. The 2016 com­pe­ti­tion was funded by The High­land Coun­cil, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

The Cuach na Cloinne tro­phy was pre­sented to the win­ners by Coun­cil­lor Hamish Fraser, chair of The High­land Coun­cil Gaelic Plan Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee, who said: ‘I would like to con­grat­u­late Shaw­bost on win­ning this year’s Cuach na Cloinne com­pe­ti­tion. I would also like to con­grat­u­late Portree Pri­mary School and BSGI who were sec­ond and third and all the other teams for mak­ing it to the fi­nals.


‘It is also very fit­ting that the fi­nals took place at Bun Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abair, which was of­fi­cially opened in the spring and is the sec­ond stand­alone Gaelic pri­mary school in the High­land area, it is also an ex­cel­lent com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity that can host na­tional sport­ing events like Cuach na Cloinne.,

Donald MacNeill, cean­nard of Co­munn na Gàidhlig, who or­gan­ise the com­pe­ti­tion, said: ‘ We were de­lighted with the num­bers par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. With 50 teams from 28 schools, that is al­most 350 young­sters, the high­est num­ber ever tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion. It is highly ben­e­fi­cial and im­por­tant that such op­por­tu­ni­ties are cre­ated to en­able Gaelic-speak­ing young­sters from across Scot­land to play with their peers, to gain an un­der­stand­ing that Gaelic is spo­ken across Scot­land and also to make new friends from other schools.’

The team from Ard­na­mur­chan Pri­mary who rep­re­sented Lochaber in the tour­na­ment. Pic­ture: Alba Photos

Shad­ow­fax, cen­tre, was over­all win­ner at Glen­coe Re­gatta held at the week­end.

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