CA­TRI­ONA MACINTYRE

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

CA­TRI­ONA MacIntyre has been a tire­less cham­pion of Gaelic lan­guage and cul­ture, both as a Gaelic medium teacher and de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer in West High­land schools, and as an or­gan­iser and tu­tor in the Fèisean move­ment and, most re­cently, with the Ceòlas ini­tia­tive on her na­tive South Uist.

With Gaelic as her first and pre­ferred lan­guage, Ca­tri­ona has taught it as a se­cond lan­guage to chil­dren and adults all her adult life, in the class­room, at lo­cal Fèisean gath­er­ings and fes­ti­vals, and on­line.

‘Ca­tri­ona MacIntyre is a com­mu­nity-spir­ited in­di­vid­ual with a great love of Gaelic lan­guage and cul­ture and an even greater de­sire to en­sure it is passed on to younger gen­er­a­tions,’ said Arthur Cor­mack, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Fèisean nan Gàid­heal.

While she worked in the Lochaber area for al­most 40 years, as a teacher at Lochy­side Pri­mary School and as Lochaber’s first Gaelic medium teacher at Achar­a­cle Pri­mary School, she al­ways con­sid­ered her­self an Uib­his­teach at heart.

‘ Hav­ing re­tired to her na­tive South Uist,’ Mr Cor­mack con­tin­ued, ‘ her en­ergy lev­els have not abated and she is now in­volved with the highly- suc­cess­ful Ceòlas pro­gramme and will be a great as­set to them as they seek to de­velop their work. Tha Ca­tri­ona fìor airidh air ur­ram agus ghuid­hinn buaidh is piseach leatha san àm ri teachd – Ca­tri­ona is very wor­thy of recog­ni­tion and I wish her ev­ery suc­cess in the fu­ture.’

Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Hall of Fame Ca­tri­ona MacIntyre.

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