Softback book ‘The Secret Island – towards a history of Tiree’, 2014. Published proceedings of a three-day conference held on Tiree by the Islands Book Trust in September 2013, with chapters by many authors on a wide variety of aspects of Tiree’s history and culture.
Small hardback book in Gaelic ‘An Saoghal a ta ri Teachd / The World to Come’ or ‘Seallaidhean Nèimh agus Ifrinn / Visions of Heaven and Hell’ by John Bunyan, 1891. On the inside front cover is handwritten ‘Francis Wm Taylor, 26th Janry 1901’. Rev Taylor was a Baptist minister. The book was in the belongings of John Brown, Sliabh, Balephuil.
Softback book ‘The Gaelic crisis in the vernacular community’, by CO Giollagain, Gordan Cmashron, Paruig Moireach, Brian O Curnain, Iain Caimbeul, Brian MacDonald and Tamas Petervary, 2020. Findings of a comprehensive sociolinguistic survey of Gaelic vernacular communities carried out by the Island Gaelic Reasearch Project. It recommends that in order to revitalisation Gaelic in communities, a dynamic new language planning model is required. The people of Tiree were involved in the survey, and Tiree is mentioned throughout the book.
Booklet ‘Smuaintean bho Cheann a’ Bhara – Òrain agus bàrdachd le Niall M Brownlie’, 2016. A collection of Gaelic songs and poems written by Niall Brownlie, Barrapol (1925-2015), compiled by his niece, Flora MacKinnon.
Small hard-back Gaelic bible, t-Seann Tiomnaidh, published by the West of Scotland Bible Society, Glasgow, and belonging to Donald Archibald MacLean, Kenovay. Handwritten on the inside is “D.A. Maclean, Kenovay, Tyree, 14th Jan 1905. Cornaigmore P School”. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.
Softback book ‘Seòl mo Bheatha – Turas eadar Croit is Eilean is Oilthigh‘ by Dòmhnall Eachann Meek, 2019. Autobiography in Gaelic of Donald Meek’s life on croft, island and university, from his birth in 1949 to the present day. Donald was brought up at ‘Coll View’, Caoles. Signed by Donald to An Iodhlann.
Local news: advert for a community Youth Worker; Gaelic poem ‘Tir Lurach‘ by Alec MacLean; An Iodhlann’s 1950 newspaper articles from the archive – no films for Tiree, distress flares off Hynish, youth let off distress flares, problems over electricity supply; TEAR home-composting event; RSPB news; dead leatherback turtle at W Hynish; community windturbine update; article by Matt Boyd about running the New York marathon; letter to the editor about HMS Sturdy; election of community councillors; High School mountain challenge; High School gala day schedule; search for Gaelic-speaking child to star in Hollywood film.
Local news: Tiree Pipe Band wins Strathaven Gala shield; Feis Thiriodh 2009 schedule; Atlantic Rising project starts on Tiree; Tiree Community Broadband update; Tiree Open golf competition; Team Tiree moonwalk; Strathclyde police officials visit by helicopter; use of passing places by motorists; Baugh Church re-development project; funds raised by Tiree 10K events for Tiree Windsurfing Club; The Cooperative invests in Tiree food store; Saoghal nan Gaidheal / Life of the Gael 2009 – photographic competition for children to promote use of Gaelic; school news; local band Skerryvore prepare for their ‘T in the Park’ debut; Agricultural Show home industries schedule.
Local news: Tiree Community Development’s Open Day challenges; island weddings (Sian & Adam Milne, Lisa & Ali, Eilidh & Martin Hendry); visit by Waverley Paddle Steamer; A&B councillor’s ‘CalMac chaos?’; TRD’s new Powerdown Officer, Frances Woodhead; Tiree Open golf competition; An Iodhlann’s ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’; letters to the editor – fire service, inconsiderate road users; Community Powerdown project; reporter’s notes about lunch with Ian and Patricia Sharp, Tiree is no. 2 in Lonely Planet Guide; Tiree High School parent council; promotion of Gaelic language; SWRI news; an evening of Gaelic drama; Duncan MacLean’s invitation to the Queen’s garden party; Tiree Pipe Band play at 10K; John Bowler’s RSPB news; Tiree Agricultural Show preparations.