Ionad Naomh Moluag honoured

8 October 2007


Ionad Naomh Moluag has won the Caledonian MacBrayne Award for Excellence in Promotion of the Environment. Margaret MacDonald and Donald Black, the Secretary and Chairman of the Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr, received the award at a star studded evening in the Newton Hotel and Highland Conference Centre in Nairn where a group of awards were presented by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. The award recognised the building’s contemporary design with its grass roof, ground source heating pump and wool insulation. It also acknowledged the Heritage Centre’s work of preserving and promoting Lismore’s history, language and culture and investment in the daily life of the community.  Since opening, the Museum has drawn visitors as well as locals and is proving a great  focal point for all islanders who not only volunteer to welcome the public, work on the archive etc but also find the café a very attractive meeting place. This award has also put Lismore on the tourist map which can only help a fragile economy.

In the picture below Donald Black and Margaret MacDonald are seen with Ruby Waxc who hosted the evening and Shonaig MacPherson who presented the award

Four Stars

Ionad Naomh Moluag has been awarded four stars in its first year as Lismore’s premier tourist attraction. All parts of the new centre - the museum, café, shop, and Taigh Iseabal Dhaid (the reconstructed croft house) were praised. Islanders have worked very hard to make the centre a success and this continues with programmes to attract visitors on going.

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