Ceòlas is delighted to announce the appointment of John Joe MacNeil, who is originally from Barra, as the very first Ceannard of Ceòlas. John Joe brings a wide range of experience from a diverse and varied career in education and leadership as well as a strong passion for Gaelic language, culture, and heritage.
Chair of the Ceòlas board, Màiri MacInnes, said. “We are delighted that John Joe has been appointed to this vital role within our organisation, a post which attracted a number of high-quality applicants. He brings a wealth of experience to the role which will be beneficial in supporting the organisation going forward. His knowledge of setting up organisations in new buildings, including opening Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar in Caol, will be immeasurable as we establish ourselves in our new building, Cnoc Soilleir. Furthermore, his vast experience in Gaelic education will be an asset for our year-long programme of events, promoting Gaelic language immersion and culture. We congratulate John Joe and look forward to welcoming him back to Uist to undertake this important role. We wish him every success.”
John Joe said. “It is a great honour for me to take on this role as Ceannard of Ceòlas culminating my passion of Gaelic language, education, song, music, art, culture, and heritage. My ambition will be to develop and strengthen the organisation building on the fantastic work that has been achieved to date. I am excited to begin working with the staff team, board members, local committee, and all other stakeholders to take Ceòlas forward.”