Excerpts from issue 44/07 21 January 2017

cracked road

Cracking road, Gromit. The road leading to Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries has recently devloped a substantial crack in its surface, leading to a section effectively becoming a single-track road.

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Islay gathering line-up

Hugh Smith writes:
The 155th annual gathering of the Glasgow Islay Association will be held in the Glasgow University Students' Union on Friday, 3 March and in the chair will be local GP Dr Angus MacTaggart.
A native of Bowmore, he took up his Port Ellen medical practice in 2010 and is now one of the island's two principal GPs. He is also an honorary visiting lecturer in Remote and Rural Medicine at Glasgow University, his alma mater.
Dr MacTaggart's mother Mavis was once active on the island's Gaelic scene and his father James is the manager and production director at Arran Distillery.
Performers under doctor's orders at the gathering will be the award winning duettists and twin sisters Eilidh and Anna MacDonald from Port Ellen, and Bowmore vocalist Ryan Johnston who always features highly in both local and National Mòd prize lists as a singer and verse speaker.
Also entertaining in song will be Clare Campbell, younger daughter of Elizabeth and Malcolm Campbell, the association's immediate past president. Clare is also the granddaughter of the late Cath Crawford who passed away last year and was always a regular presence at the event. Making his 'Islay' debut is CalMac ferry employee Hector MacKechnie who struck gold at the National Mòd in Stornoway last October and is currently much in demand on the concert and ceilidh scene.
Providing a 'stop for a breath' break for the vocalists will be the Rowan Brothers who have strong family connections with both Islay and Tiree and their lively accordion and keyboard selections are guaranteed to up the tempo and set feet tapping.
Also on stage will be the association's Pipe Major Andrew McCowan Jnr. and Kirsteen Grant who will provide the piano accompaniments.
Honorary patron Lord Robertson of Port Ellen will praise performers and organisers and ensuring that all runs smoothly will be president Janette MacArthur along with her second in command Katherine MacNaughton. Meanwhile, Trail West will be tuning up for the ensuing gathering dance which takes place in the same venue where energetic hoofers will be on their toes far into the night.
The Glasgow Islay Association was established in 1862 by city printer and publisher Archibald Sinclair, an Ileach born at Mulindry on the outskirts of Bridgend. Its aspirations were to bring together natives of Islay and their families, cherishing and developing native attachments, preserving the traditions, music and poetry of the island and advancing members' welfare and island matters generally. And these still remain as the association's overall remit.
An Comunn Ileach is one of the 'big three' territorial Highland associations still active in the city. Making up the top trio are the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association, and Comunn Eilean a' Cheś, representing the city's Sgitheanaich.
Although their halcyon days are long behind them, the current associations are to be congratulated on their efforts to keep the Gaidhealtachd flag flying in the face of almost unsurmountable odds which include an ageing support and difficulty in attracting committee members.

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Camper vans and mobile homes visiting Islay

Outcome of the Islay Community Council Questionnaire issued in July 2016
Following much local discussion regarding the impact of camper vans and mobile homes visiting Islay, a questionnaire was placed in the Ileach on 6 August 2016 in an effort to seek the views of the community. From the responses received, the following points were highlighted: Lack of grey waste/chemical waste disposal facilities; Numbers of litter bins needs to be increased; Designated parking areas required, especially during Feis Ile week; Disseminate information to camper van and mobile home owners Whilst the feeling was that this type of tourism to Islay should not be discouraged, appropriate facilities and more information should be readily available.
On discussing these issues with representatives of Argyll and Bute Council and Councillor Currie, the indication given was that, due to budget constraints, monies are not available at this time for such a project. At that meeting a request was made for additional, large waste bins to be provided in the areas used by these vehicles. A new facility is planned for Port Ellen called South Islay Camper Van Stop, which will be located at the back of the Filling Station. Planning has been approved for chemical waste disposal, water supply and hook up points.
It was therefore recommended that Islay Community Council, in discussion with stakeholders and local landowners, should look into obtaining land to allow an increase in facilities. This point would have to be raised at a Community Council meeting.
Whilst we are very grateful for the responses to the questionnaire, more work is required by both the Community Council and stakeholders.
A brochure has been designed by the Community Council, with the assistance of the Ileach, funded by the Islay Energy Community Benefit Fund, which will be presented to Islay Community Council at the next meeting to be held on 7 February 2017 for final agreement. A link to the brochure will be made available on the Islay Community Council website and a press release will be issued advising visitors to Islay of this information.
If further information is required, please send an email to Islay Community Council islaycc@googlemail.com

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Laddie CEO moves on up
simon coughlin

Bruichladdich Distillery are undergoing a big change in management as Simon Coughlin moves on from his role as CEO of the company.
Simon, who has been part of Bruichladdich since 2000 when he and Mark Reynier, with a group of fifty shareholders, bought the dormant distillery and turned the whisky into the internationally recognised brand it is today. He took the position as CEO of Bruichladdich when the French, family-run Remy Cointreau Group bought the distillery in 2012, and has remained in the driving seat of the biggest private employer on the island until now.
Simon has been appointed another role within the Remy Cointreau Group as he takes over the management of the newly created 'Whisky Business Unit'. The unit was created following the recent acquisition of two more distilleries and will comprise Bruichladdich Distillery, Domaine des Hautes Glaces (French single malts) and Westland (American single malts).
Remy Cointreau said, "Simon will draw on his experience and avant-garde vision of the world of whisky to fulfil his mission of unlocking the full potential of the various brands. This ambition is very much in line with the group's strategy; that of becoming the world╩leader of exceptional spirits."
Douglas Taylor, currently Global Brand Director, will take Simon's place as the CEO of Bruichladdich Distillery Company effective immediately.

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