Isla Visits



Lismore is one of three islands in Argyll and Bute (along with Islay and Gigha) to have benefited from Isla European funding in helping to create Ionad Naomh Moluag Heritage Museum. Isla is an international cooperating body focussing specifically on island issues. Their aim is to help islands to a “brighter future that offers a greater economic well-being.." 21 members of the group from France, Shetland, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Argyll and Bute met recently in the library in the Museum to see and hear for themselves how their help has enabled the project to go ahead. They arrived on the ten ferry, were met by the community bus and enjoyed a coffee before getting down to business in the library. Over lunch in the sunshine of the café’s deck, I met many of them who were first time visitors to Scotland and Lismore in particular. Project Manager Tony Perkins and Chair Donald Black had given presentations and a member from the Netherlands party told me he was struck by their enthusiasm and amazed that such a small community had got such a project up and running and on time. He was also impressed by the number of volunteers working on the archive, on the desk and seeing to the functioning of the building.

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