One of the great servants of shinty in Lewis and Harris stepped into a well deserved retirement today as Annette Murray retired as headteacher of Stornoway Primary School after many long years of service.
Annette has been one of the most important supporters of shinty in the island, promoting and supporting the sport within the school as well as being an important part of Camanachd Leodhais, giving leadership and guidance for almost a decade. She is currently President and Chair of the Club as well as being an Honorary Chieftain, having served as Chieftain between 2010 and 2012.
Her family has also contributed vastly to the development of the club; Two of her nephews, Michael and Scott MacLeod have been important players for the club over the years, with Scott continuing to star for the first team. Her late husband, Coinneach was also a great servant to the club, taking photos which remain as an important document of the club’s early league seasons.
On an emotional Friday, Annette was given a ceremonial shinty guard of honour as she left the school for the last time today. We wish her well for her retirement from teaching, but look forward to her continuing contribution to the life of our club in the years ahead.
The First Team face Caberfeidh at Castle Leod at 2pm Tomorrow (Sept 1) having had an exciting 3-3 draw in May. This will be our the third last game of the season.
The club also notes with sadness the passing of Skye Camanachd’s Alasdair ‘Ally Morr’ Morrison. Ally had strong Lewis connections as his mother Jesanne is from Garrabost, whilst his partner Anne is heavily involved with our friends Lochcarron Camanachd. An avid follower of shinty, as well as his local club, Ally managed Skye to the Balliemore Cup in 2008, as well as being manager of the Kyleakin Shinty Club which won the Mod Cup in 2001 against Back Camanachd in Tarbert (see below). The club would like to extend its sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.