The Formation of Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh
Here at Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the islands a better place for everyone to enjoy and appreciate. Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh was one the last Comann Eachdraidh (Historical Societies) to form in the Outer Hebrides as all other islands in the chain were already up and running, some forming as early as the 1970’s.
CHAIRPERSON - Angus MacKinnon
VICE CHAIRPERSON - Iagan MacInnes
SECRETARY - Marie MacMillan
TREASURER - Morag MacKinnon
COMMITTEE MEMBERS - Mary Alex MacInnes & Donald J MacInnes
ERISKAY SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WORKER - Sandra MacInnes
PROJECT SUPPORT WORKER - Kathryn M MacInnes
17th March 2010
The creation of the build, dates info etc.
n 2021 we took over the ownership of the former Eriskay School and Schoolhouse with plans to convert to a Heritage Centre, Tearoom and an office base for Comann Each nan Eilean – The Original Eriskay Pony Society with a view to expand in consultation with the community of Eriskay.
his however meant that it was increasingly difficult to store and archive the information without a base, therefore, in 2017 we decided to take on the rental of the community office in the Eriskay Community Hall. By having this base we had the facilities to arrange our exhibitions much easier which have been very popular.
As a result, a constituted group was formed on 17th March 2010. The islanders were so enthusiastic about a constituted body preserving our heritage that they donated photographs, artefacts and more importantly their stories, customs and traditions to the Comann Eachdraidh to a point that we had gathered a large amount of local information.
A group of islanders met in 2009 to discuss the option of starting a Comann Eachdraidh for the island as Eriskay is so alive with heritage and culture and there was a great danger this valuable information would be lost