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A dinner, A dram, and a drama

The Tiree Association’s 2nd Dinner, Dram and Drama evening at Ralston Halls, on Saturday 28th February, proved to be a highly entertaining evening!

Following an exquisite two course buffet prepared by Alasdair – how does he manage to maintain this standard of catering excellence? – with an accompanying dram, those attending – around 65 in number – were treated to some first class singing, musical entertainment and storytelling:

many thanks to the singers – Linda, Mairi, Donald Iain and Gordon and to Billy for playing the box. An extra special thanks to Shona for her beautifully delivered story which delighted the audience and brought back many happy childhood memories!

The West End Players then took to the stage and delighted the audience with their fantastic bilingual comedy: ‘An Coigreach / The Stranger‘.

Again this year both fluent Gaelic speakers and learners could follow the exploits of those colourful characters as the hilarious plot unfolded! Many thanks to Mabel for penning this gem and to Lachie, John, Billy, Jessie, Donald Archie, Murdina and Gordon for taking to the stage and entertaining us all!

After some further delightful musical items Jessie, very bravely, took on the task of tutoring eight eager volunteers to dance an Eightsome Reel (properly!) The fact that all eight managed to complete the dance was totally down to her teaching skills – even the judges were generous with their ‘strictly ceilidh dancing’ scores!

A rousing chorus of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ drew the evening to a close. The evening was held in memory of Joan MacKechnie who worked tirelessly for The Tiree Association and profits will go towards fundraising for A Bhuain in May 2016.

The Committee would like to thank BORD NA GAIDHLIG for their generous sponsorship as this allowed us to keep ticket prices down. Also, many thanks to all those who ventured out on a very wet and windy evening to enjoy the buffet and the entertainment………and remember, if you’re on Tiree at Easter time, our SULA, SOUP and SANDWICH evening is on at An Talla on Saturday 11th April – hope to see you there!


Anne Ronald

And A Good Time Was Had By All


Tiree Christmas Parties Committee held their Senior Citizens’ Party in An Talla on Saturday 12 December.
Iain Cameron, Chairperson, started off proceedings by warmly welcoming everyone and thanked his committee who fund-raised throughout the year and all those who contributed in any other way in making the Christmas Functions so successful. Mrs Janet Brown, Balephuil, then cut the cake (this year again an “Evelyn” work of art) prior to an absolutely delicious meal, ably prepared by Josie and her An Talla team, and served by a jovial committee and helpers.

Refreshments and mints were also included in this repast – we were sure spoilt! Into the bargain there were many free raffle prizes distributed by a very tall and cheery Santa! A busy schedule is ahead of him yet. Also, throughout the evening young Colin MacKinnon kept us tapping with his piping – well done! Aren’t we fortunate on Tiree to have such musical talent.

All in all a good time was had by all – being a senior citizen for a year or two now I can sit back and enjoy – which I did!

Ann Langley

P.s. Forgot to mention that this year we had an additional act – “Stand Up” Bingo organised by Josie – very entertaining!