Our Island, Our Future

Ulpan Students Complete Course

Those who have been following the Ùlpan updates will be aware that the current course was due to come to an end. And I am delighted to announce the 8 local residents have now completed 6 levels, 144 units, 216 hours of Ùlpan tuition!

The Ùlpan project was first started at the end of summer 2013, when 4 local residents were trained to deliver the course. Over the past 2 and half years we have offered a variety of different course methods and have had 26 pupils complete level 1 of the course.

8 of these pupils have been attending Ùlpan classes twice a week for the last 2 years and were delighted to reach the end of the course last Saturday. The pupils have put in a lot of effort and commitment into learning the Gaelic language and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them in reaching the end of the course! I would also like to thank Carrie MacLennan, Rhoda Meek and Eilidh MacFadyen who have been excellent tutors over the last 3 years. And thanks to Tiree Trust and Argyll and Bute Council who have helped to fund the courses.

We celebrated the end of the course on Saturday with a lovely lunch in the Cobbled Cow and all pupils were presented with their certificates and the tutors received lovely gifts in the form of a personalised Ùlpan cup and Tiree Chocolates!

A very big well done to all 8 pupils! We are hoping to continue with a new level 1 of the Ùlpan course in the New Year, so if you are interested in attending then please email me on donna@tireetrust.org.uk to register your interest.


L – R: Janet Bowler, Nicola McFarlane, Fiona Malcolm, Kris Hynes, Carrie MacLennan, Donna MacLean, Ishbel Campbell, Elspeth McLean, Rhoda Meek.

Missing from the picture: Netta Gunn and Angus MacKinnon