The centenary of the Iolaire disaster: ceud bliadhna às dèidh na h-Iolaire


Seo post bloga dà-chànanach a sgrìobh ar càirdean san Aithisg Oifigeil mu thubaist na h-Iolaire.

Here is a bilingual post about the Iolaire disaster debate that our friends at the Official Report have posted on their blog.

Alasdair
gaidhlig@parliament.scot

Scottish Parliament Official Report

Yesterday, the Parliament held a debate to mark the centenary of the Iolaire disaster. The debate was led by the MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, who delivered his speech in Gaelic.

In the early hours of the morning of 1 January 1919, His Majesty’s yacht Iolaire was carrying sailors home from the great war when it struck a group of rocks called the Beasts of Holm. The ship sank just a short distance from Stornoway, leading to the tragic death of more than 200 of the around 280 men on board, many of whose families were waiting on the pier to welcome them home from the war.

The tragic loss of so many men in such cruel circumstances had a devastating impact on the island communities of Lewis and Harris, where most of the men were from, and it continues to be remembered with deep and…

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