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.