Local News for Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Island loses Gaelic champion
The Gaelic champion and community enthusiast Chrisella Ross, of Bayble, has passed away, it was announced yesterday. Chrisella was a tireless advocate for Gaelic language, culture and folklore, a teller of tales and a writer of distinction. She originated the successful TV drama Bannan, and was for many people an unfailingly positive supporter in their quest to learn and understand Gaelic. Publishers Acair yesterday said: “A friend to Acair and a writer of great talent. Chrisella was directly involved in many projects in the Gaelic world over the years, always bringing imagination and fun to whatever she was working on. We saw how lively and joyful she was at last year’s Royal National Mod in Stornoway, where we held a reading session for children and Chrisella entertained everyone with underwear from ‘Na Neònachain’ on her head!” Also paying tribute was Comann Eachdraidh an Rubha (Point Historical Society), for whom Chrisella served as treasurer and curator. The society said: “Her passing is a grievous loss to her family and to us as a group. She was zealous for her language, culture and heritage and knowledgeable about all three.” Chrisella leaves husband Donald, daughter Mairi and son DJ, as well as her mother Mairi, and sisters Etta and Marisa. We extend heartfelt condolences to them all.