Local News for Monday 19th May 2017

More funds raised for Barra families
There have been further commitments to fundraising for the families of Barra girls Eilidh Macleod and Laura Macintyre. Laura is fighting critical injuries in a hospital in Manchester, and her friend Eilidh lost her life as a result of last week’s terrorist attack in the city. The Stornoway Saltire Celtic Supporters Club decided to donate money raised on Friday from their curry and quiz night to the families, who face costs of travelling from Barra to Manchester, and accommodation in the city. Meanwhile Lewis Pipe Band, who start their summer season with a parade in the Narrows next Saturday at at 3pm, will have collecting cans going round collecting donations to Laura and Eilidh’s families. JustGiving donations on two pages now stand at over £78,000, and the auction of a Celtic football shirt by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers yesterday closed with a £2000 bid.

Eilidh’s parents Roddy and Marion Macleod said at the weekend that they were ‘at a loss’ without their daughter.. They released more pictures of Elidh to the press, together with a further statement which said that they continued to hold Laura Macintyre and her family in their thoughts and prayers. Elidh and Laura had been ‘so excited’ about going to the concert together, they said, after Eilidh received the tickets as a birthday present.
Tractors on the road
There were dozens of tractors on the road in North Uuist on Saturday at the annual tractor rally, organised by North Uist Agricultural Society. The rally is raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease charity, and those taking part said it had been ‘a fantastic day’ and very well-supported.
250 years for Lodge
Lodge Fortrose 108 will be celebrating its 250 anniversary  this year, and as part of the programme a public talk will be taking place in Stornoway Town Hall on Friday at 7.30pm. The talk’s given by one of the most distinguished members of Lodge Fortrose, Past Master Alexander (Sandy) Matheson CVO, OBE. His talk is entitled "The Lodge and Lewis – 250 years in Amity". There will also be a display area in the Town Hall showcasing some of the Lodge artefacts and highlighting the charitable donations and works that Lodge members undertake. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Saturday’s home shinty match between Lewis and Boleskine was cancelled as Boleskine were unable to field a team, points to Lewis. Next week sees Lewis at home to Lochaber on Saturday.
Point were emphatic winners of Friday night’s Jock Stein cup, played at Garrabost between the Rudhachs and Westside. Westside suffered more injuries in the first half to add to an increasing list of players not available, but are hoping to bounce back for tonight’s league fixture against Ness at Fivepenny, to hold on to their unbeaten run in the Lewis and Harris League. Also being played tonight are league matches between Carloway and Aths, and between Stornoway United and Point at Goathill.
The Finals of the 2017 Cuach na Cloinne competition will be held at the Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC stadium tomorrow. 62 teams started the contest this year, and finals will be fought out by schools from Back, Daliburgh, Portree, Inverness, Lochaber and Taobh na Pàirce, Edinburgh. As well as playing for this year’s Cuach na Cloinne trophy, teams taking part in the finals will be given some coaching by Inverness Caley coaches. Cuach na Cloinne is a football competition for P4-7 pupils going through Gaelic medium education, and this year’s competition is funded by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Highland Council and Bòrd na Gàidhlig and is organised by Comunn na Gàidhlig.