Local News Update for Monday 5th June 2017
Eilidh at rest at her island home
Barra teenager Eilidh Macleod has been laid to rest in the churchyard at Vatersay, where she grew up for the first 12 years of her short life. 14-year-old Eilidh died two weeks ago in the Manchester arena bombing, where her friend Laura Macintyre was also seriously injured.
Eilidh’s funeral today at the church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Castlebay was attended by over 1,000 people, including government ministers, police and local authority representatives, schoolfriends and fellow musicians. Eilidh’s casket was carried to the church by family members, led by her father Roddy Macleod, followed by her mother Marion and two sisters, and preceded by a lone piper. A requiem mass for the repose of her soul was then said by parish priest and family friend Father John Paul Mackinnon.