Mairead MacNeil, a 6th year pupil at Castlebay School has been awarded the Donald Stewart Award for her Gaelic Poem, which was selected for display at the Scottish Parliament last year.
The Award, which is being presented by the Donald Stewart Memorial Trust, in memory of the long and distinguished service provided by the late MP for the Western Isles, was handed over to Mairead at the School’s Prizegiving Ceremony by the present MP for na h-Eileanan Siar, Angus MacNeill MP.
Chairman of the Trustees, Murdo Macleod said:
“Mairead was nominated by her School for this year’s Award and the Trustees had no hesitation in giving her the Award. By her entry to the Scottish Parliament’s competition she has raised the profile of Gaelic, her school, her community at both local and national level. The late Donald Stewart was a highly respected Westminster Parliamentarian and it is very fitting that the first recipient of the Trophy in his honour goes to someone who has linked the language and culture of our islands to our new political institution in Edinburgh.”