BBC Alba - Eileanan Fraoich - Programme 8: Isle of Lismore – Tuesday 27th May 8.30pm
Eileanan Fraoich, a new eight part television series from the always fresh Gaelic television channel, BBC ALBA, starts airing on Tuesday 8th April from 8.30 – 9.00pm.
Islay-born Heather Dewar has travelled the world but, like most islanders, the only island she really knows is her own. In this series Heather leaves the comfort and familiarity of Islay to explore eight thriving and diverse island communities.
An accomplished artist, cook and gardener, Heather meets fellow islanders on their own home turf to find out what gives each island its own specific character. Her travels take her to Scalpay, Rum, Tiree, Gigha, Eigg, Raasay, Rathlin and Lismore, meeting local artists and business people, crofters and boat builders, historians and cooks along the way.
Learning about each island’s past as well as its present, Heather looks for the creative and spirited ways in which island communities are fighting back against decades of population decline.
Programme Eight: Isle of Lismore – Tuesday 27th May BBC ALBA 8.30pm
Lismore in the Inner Hebrides is Heather’s last island visit and whilst there she’s shown some of the gems in the collection of the heritage centre where the island’s Gaelic and crofting traditions are celebrated. She learns that the centre is named after St Moluag, an Irish missionary who came to Lismore in the 6th century to convert the Picts to Christianity. The island is rich in historic buildings and Heather takes time to explore its beautiful Iron Age broch as well as a church that incorporates the remains of the medieval cathedral that was the centre of the Diocese of Argyll. As well as revisiting the island’s past, she enjoys Lismore’s present, attending its biggest event of the year – sports day.