Excerpts from issue 42/01 1 November 2014

Argyll College graduates
Argyll College Graduates

Argyll College Islay centre manager Mhairi MacCuaig (right) with graduating students

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Coisir Ghaidhlig Ile; Islay Seniors shine at the Mod

Islay's senior competitors made a real impression in the National Mod in Inverness this year.
Led by new conductor Arlene MacKerrell, the senior choir were first equal in The Selma Shield for Highest Marks in Gaelic in the Sherriff MacMaster Memorial Quaich Rural Choirs competition, and a close second overall, with Mull the winners this year.
This followed a fantastic third in a very competitive Rural Puirt-a-Beul, with Lochs and Sgir a' Bhac choirs winning through for the first two places. The Ladies' Choir performed with usual skill and enthusiasm securing a respectable fourth as did Coisir Ghaidhlig Ile's Men's Choir surpassing themselves with a spirited performance in competition with all the major area men’s choirs.
This year Islay was represented by a fine group of soloists, and Fergus Muir, President of Coisir Ghaidhlig Ile, won the Bank of Scotland Cup in the Silver Pendant Qualifiers. Later he became runner-up by only one mark in the Silver Pendant final, also winning the John A MacRae Memorial Quaich jointly with the Ladies' winner, Donna Dugdale from Mull, for Highest Aggregate Marks in Music.
Kirsten Laurie from Port Ellen was a worthy runner-up in the Ladies' Silver Pendant final, while choir members Libby Morris, Lynn MacDonald and Ron Goudie enjoyed good adjudications in their respective competitions.
Coisir Ghaidhlig Ile would like to congratulate all the competitiors, junior and senior, who performed at this year's Mod; roll on Oban 2015!

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McGrigor comments on recent A83 closure

Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP, reacted to the news that the A83 trunk road had again been closed on Monday 27 October due to a reported three landslides at the Rest & Be Thankful, Glen Kinglas and Ardgarten.
Commenting, Mr McGrigor said: "This was obviously disappointing news but perhaps not all that surprising given the heaviness of the rain recently.
Local businesses and residents will however be very frustrated that despite significant investments in the A83 at the recognised problem areas, the road was once again closed after the first really severe wet weather of this winter. It emphasises yet again that Ministers will need to take further action to put in place both contingencies and a robust and practical long-term plan that seeks to prevent landslips closing the A83. I will be tabling questions on this in Parliament.
"As I have said many times before, the A83 trunk road is vital to the whole economy of Argyll & Bute and we simply cannot afford to see these kinds of closures. If we are serious about attracting new businesses, investment and jobs into Argyll & Bute, then we need to have a transport infrastructure that is reliable and able to deal with inclement weather conditions."

The old miltary road was put into use while the main route was cleared, resulting in delays to traffic of up to one hour.


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Plane to see

An Ileach reader, due to fly to Glasgow from Islay last Thursday morning was informed on Wednesday evening when attempting to check-in online, that the flight had been cancelled. The departures and arrivals for Islay airport still showed the morning aircraft from Glasgow as running to schedule, but according to the same source, not leaving Islay airport on a return journey.
A quick call to the Loganair staff at Islay Airport when it opened on Thursday morning, gave vent to the 'real' story. It had been decided that the return flight to Glasgow would call at Campbeltown to collect passengers from Macrihanish, thus effectively requiring a different flight number. Therefore, the live flight details showed the original BE 6921 as having been cancelled, but failing to substitute the revised BE 6922 routing via Campbeltown.
As it appears this situation is not entirely without precedent, and though we have alerted Loganair's Customer service regarding this discrepancy, any future passengers confronted with a cancellation notice when attempting to check-in online, would be well advised to call the Loganair staff at Islay Airport before re-booking or cancelling, and requesting a refund.


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