Monday, 27 August 2007

Appeal - Iolaire Disaster

The Gaelic Media Service is compiling a program about the Iolaire Disaster of January 1919. I would like to ask if there are any islanders, still living in Lewis or in diaspora, whose ancestor was on board HMY Iolaire when she went down at the Beasts of Holm.

GMS would like to speak to descendants of survivors, and I would imagine also to descendants of those families who were bereaved in that tragedy. They intend to air the program next year. The programme will be in Gaelic, although I feel confident that arrangements can be made for non-Gaelic speakers.

The sensitivity of the issue has been stressed to GMS; there are few people of Lewis descent who did not lose a relative or close friend in that tragedy, and it still hurts, 90 years on.

If you would like to participate, please email, with the subject heading Iolaire. When replying, it would be helpful to name the individual who was on board Iolaire that night in 1919. The email will then be forwarded to GMS. Please do NOT leave email addresses in the comments section to this post.

If you know anyone who might be able (more importantly: willing) to participate, please ask, and if you get a positive reply, please drop a line as well.

Any email correspondence will only be used for the purpose of this project.

Many thanks

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