Lena MacLellan

Lena is a native of South Uist and has previously served on the Ceolas committee and board. Lena’s working life can be split in two halves between finance and the promotion of Gaelic in the community. At present working with RBS as a Personal Banker. Lena was the person on the ground the first 2 years of Ceolas when PNE and Hamish Moore established the Summer School. Lena played the pipes in her younger days and loves Scottish dance in all its forms. She started the local St Peter’s traditional Dance Club and ran it for 20 years before retiring for health reasons.

Mary T MacInnes, Cathraiche

Ceòlas’ chair Mary T MacInnes has numerous roles within the local community relating to education, Gaelic language and adult learning. Mary is headteacher of Sgoil an Ìochdair and has wide experience in development communities, local authority representative on the Scottish Government group, Gaelic Learners in the Primary School, a member of 1+2 language learning in the Western Isles, a tutor for staff training and moderation projects with Education Scotland and a Leading member of Uist Core Learning Interests Group. Mary has also sat on the board of a number of national organisations such as the Scottish Arts Council and MG Alba. Previous roles within the community include: Committee member of Co-chomunn an Ìochdair and Iochdar Hall Building Committee, founding member of Cothrom and founder member and development worker for Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain. She is a Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Pauline MacDonald

Pauline has been involved with Ceòlas for 15 years. Pauline is one of the principal music teachers at Sgoil Lionacleit, Uist’s secondary school based on the Isle of Benbecula, with previous experience teaching music at schools in Barra and Vancouver. She is also a leading member, tutor and conductor with the Argyll and the Isles Diocesan Choir, church organist and choir leader locally and founding member of Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band. Pauline has sat on the boards and committees of a number of community organisations including; Daliburgh School Parent Council, Gleus Community Music Group, Co-chomunn an Iochdair and Iochdar Hall Building Committee.

Donald John MacDonald

Dòmhnall Iain is a civil engineer working for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. He has previously worked for engineering consultants in Glasgow and locally based J. J MacDonald Contractors. Over the last 10 years his work with the Comhairle has included the supervision of extensive storm damage repair works, including the North Ford Causeway improvements, and the Uist & Barra Coastal Protection Schemes. Dòmhnall Iain is also a Director of SURE (South Uist Renewable Energy). He is also a member of West Gerinish Common Grazings and several community based groups, including Guthan an Iar.

Iseabail MacDonald

Teacher by profession and crofter in practice. Member of the local Deer Management Group. Researcher with locality team on Lyme’s Disease. Piper and tradition bearer from the MacMhuirich (Currie) family. Parent and active member of the community.

Isabell MacInnes

Isabell MacInnes works for NHS Western Isles as a Health Protection and Screening Nurse Specialist. In 2018 Isabell was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, this award allowed Isabell to travel to USA, Canada and France to meet with experts working on ticks and Lyme disease. In 2019 Isabell completed an MSc in Infection Prevention and Control and her dissertation study was looking at the Impact of Lyme disease on quality of life.

Isabell has previously served on cròileagan and school committees and she was chairperson of Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain for six years. Isabell is currently secretary of Talla Staoinebrig and is co-coordinating a project where SSE awarded the committee £21,000 to develop a resilience centre. 

Alex O’ Henley

Alex has served as UEFA’s Scotland Correspondent since 2004 and is well known to the Gaelic community as an award winning broadcaster and match commentator for BBC Alba and Radio nan Gàidheal. Gaelic Ambassador of the Year in 2016, Alex was the first Gaelic Officer at the Scottish Parliament between 2000-2002 establishing and normalising the use of the language in all aspects of the Parliament’s working life. After graduating from Glasgow University he worked as a field officer in the Southern Isles for the Historical Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic before entering broadcasting as a bilingual sub-editor, newsreader at the BBC, and was the first presenter of the acclaimed European current affairs programme, Eòrpa. In recent years Alex has balanced his work commitments with running the family croft on his native South Uist.

Lena MacLellan

Lena is a native of South Uist and has previously served on the Ceolas committee and board. Lena’s working life can be split in two halves between finance and the promotion of Gaelic in the community. At present working with RBS as a Personal Banker. Lena was the person on the ground the first 2 years of Ceolas when PNE and Hamish Moore established the Summer School. Lena played the pipes in her younger days and loves Scottish dance in all its forms. She started the local St Peter’s traditional Dance Club and ran it for 20 years before retiring for health reasons.

Sarah MacKay

Sarah is a local young woman who after spending several years on the mainland returned home to South Uist in June 2017. She is employed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and is part of the management team in the local care home. Sarah has grown up in a culture of Gaidhlig and traditional music. Sarah competed at the Royal National Mod on numerous occasions and taught Gaidhlig singing classes for Feis Tir a’Mhurain prior to leaving for her studies. She also assists her father on the croft and hopes once her daughter is old enough, she too will continue the inherited wealth of traditions that has been handed down over many generations.