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Following on from meeting up with delegates from Donegal County Council at the recent Gaelic conference in Stornoway, a group of representatives from Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (UCBA) has recently visited the County Kerry area of Ireland.

Supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Foras na Gàeilge, the group was based in the town of Dingle and met with a number of local community development groups and language, business, tourism and education representatives. The trip included a visit to The Great Blasket Centre as well as Dunquin National School and also to Ionad an Dromada in South-West Kerry.

Well known Lewis musician and singer Ian “Tosh” Macintosh was part of the group and entertained at various events and visits including a session with local musicians in Dingle which included Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh who viewers of BBC ALBA and TG4 will recognise and who is a renowned Irish singer and traditional musician.

Murdo Morrison, UCBA Community Officer said: “It was great to meet up with representatives from Donegal County Council while they were in Stornoway and we will be looking to actively build on that connection in the coming months.

"We had a fantastic trip to County Kerry and would like to thank Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Foras na Gaeilge for their support through the Colmcille fund.

"Special thanks also to Mícheál deMórdha who is a Committee member of Dunquin Co-Operative and Anne Marie Nic Gearailt, Senior Executive with Údarás na Gaeltachta whose assistance and support in co-ordinating the visit was invaluable.

"It was also great to catch up with Dónal Ó hAiniféin who is Principal of Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg in Ennis, County Clare and who travelled to Kerry specially to meet with us.”

Brian Ó hEadhra, Partnership and Funding Manager with Bòrd na Gàidhlig said “We are delighted to support this initiative through the Colmcille funding scheme in partnership with Foras na Gaeilge. The partnership is a great example of the links that exist between Scotland and Ireland and we look forward to hearing more about the UCBA trip and their future plans.

Mícheál de Mórdha said “We were delighted to welcome our friends from the Isle of Lewis to County Kerry. It is always great to create links such as these and to be working together for the benefit of our communities, our language and culture. And it is with great pleasure that we look forward to visiting the UCBA area in 2023 to promote the culture, music and arts of County Kerry”

Top photograph, from left: The UCBA group – Calum Iain MacLeod, Ian 'Tosh' Macintosh, Anne Macarthur, Murdo Morrison, and Dolina MacLeod