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CLUB STATEMENT – Season 2021 Withdrawal

June 2nd, 2021 No comments
Camanachd Leòdhais regret to announce that we have to withdraw from the beginning of the 2021 season. Despite making every effort to take part in this season’s competition, including forgoing home matches and hiring 50 seater coaches to comply with social distancing for each match, the current ferry situation has made playing games in June and July untenable. Due to covid restrictions Calmac vessels are restricted to 30% capacity and as things stand there is no space available for group bookings on Saturday sailings for the next eight weeks. Unfortunately due to the enormous costs involved, waiting week by week for cancellations is not feasible and would put undue stress on volunteer officials. The club hopes that if social distancing rules on vessels are relaxed that given the special circumstances of this season one round of fixtures may be possible in late summer. This proposal has the support of the Camanachd Association and we would like to thank them for their help during this process.

Gaga ties the knot

May 24th, 2021 No comments


There is probably no player more synonymous with Camanachd Leòdhais than Daniel ‘Gaga’ Gallagher, and everyone at the club would like to wish him and his lovely wife Kimberley all the best after their recent wedding.

A formidable opponent as a tackler, man marker and general obstacle in the path to goal, Gaga has taken on some fine players in his time and either got the better of them or forced them to come up with a plan ‘G’ to get past the rock at the back. Even when having dealt the team has taken a heavy defeat, opposition forwards will still remark years later about the challenge of playing “The Gaga”. He would admit himself that his hitting is the weakest part of his game, yet he has worked incredibly hard to improve this, has great game awareness and his dedication to fitness has meant that he has transformed himself into lean, mean machine without sacrificing any of his physical presence.

His strength and imposing nature on the pitch is only matched by his kindness and humbleness off it. Gaga has dedicated much of his life to the club. He has served continuously as a player from the Back Camanachd days right through Cup entry, the North Division Three days, North Two and into the post pandemic era of the Interim Leagues. Gaga was player of the year in 2007, 2008 and 2013, as well as being Captain of the winning HebCelt side in 2013 as well, and injuries aside, has played a major role in every season so far (even getting a shot up front once against Lochcarron! Photo evidence below)

Gaga will hopefully continue to go from strength to strength on the park for many years to come in the Dubh is Gorm, and we are sure that he will bring the qualities that have made him a legend for our club to married life. To Daniel and Kimberley, a h-uile latha sona dhuibh, gun latha idir dona dhuibh!

Gaga Lewis Lochcarron Shinty 2011




Make it a Glen Double in the Cups for Lewis

February 6th, 2020 No comments


The club will be facing more “Glens” than a whisky connoisseur this season. after we were drawn against South Division Two Glenorchy in the first round of the Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup.

This will be the first time the clubs have met due to playing in different districts. Glenorchy are based at Dalmally, and have a proud history as a club, being established in 1965, have played at Premier Division and National Division level within the last decade, and indeed won this very competition in 1982.

The game was a home draw for the club so the committee will be looking at all the options for playing the fixture in a suitable venue due to the timetables and lack of availability of Shawbost Park until May. The winner will face a trip to either Kyles Athletic or Kilmory on the 23rd of May.

Camanachd Leòdhais have played South district opposition on four occasions in the Sutherland Cup in its history; GMA in 2007, a 4-0 defeat at Yoker; Aberdour in 2009, a 5-0 defeat at the Bught; Inveraray in 2010, a 9-0 defeat at Inveralel and Oban Lorne, a defeat on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Ganavan.

This follows on from the already confirmed Strathdearn Cup preliminary round against Glenurquhart on the 28th of March. This was also a home draw, but again the committee will be investigating where this will be played due to the timetables and lack of Shawbost’s availability. The winner of that game will meet Inverness in the next round.


John “Kaid” MacLean Cup 2019 – Saturday 16 February

February 13th, 2019 No comments

Lewis captain on the ball against Skye

Camanachd Leòdhais will travel to Portree to play Skye Camanachd seconds for the John “Kaid” MacLean Cup this Saturday. Leòdhas played Skye for the “Kaid” in 2016, going down to a 3-0 defeat. The “Kaid” is a handsome trophy which was revived for Skye’s commemoration of the Battle of Festurbert in 2015, where it was won by Kingussie.

The two clubs haven’t met since the Mòd Cup in Shawbost in 2016 which also finished 3-0 in the Sgitheanaich’s favour, although the two clubs were supposed to contest the “Kaid” in 2017 but weather led to its cancellation.

The 2019 John “Kaid” MacLean Cup throw-up at 2.30pm (TBC) Pàirc nan Laoch, Portree.

You can see some archived articles about the clubs’ games against each other here. The picture above is from the first ever meeting between the sides in 2010.

Fundraising Car-Wash

Thanks to everyone who came and supported the club last Saturday – a grand total of £737.10 was raised.

Al Reed helps Scottish Unis to victory in Maynooth

December 2nd, 2018 No comments

Representative Honours for Leòdhasaich

November 6th, 2018 No comments

The club had some very good news on the representative front this last week.

al kings


Firstly Al Reed (above) was picked for the Scottish Universities team which will travel to face Irish Universities at NUI Maynooth on 1 December. Al is currently captain of Glasgow University Shinty Club and attending UWS.  This is a great honour for Al and the club, as he is only the second Camanachd Leòdhais player to have received this honour. Scott Murray was capped in 2012. Well done Al, we are all very proud of you.



The club also receives its strongest representation for a while at Iomain Cholmcille, with Alba calling up 4 Leòdhasach players to join the national Gaelic speakers team. After a strong comeback season Crisdean MacRae joins Alba stalwarts Sean MacLeod and Paul Duke, alongside Stuart “Tyson” Campbell in his debut at this level.  Alba travel to Gaoth Dobhair for Iomain Cholmcille XI on the 17th of November. Sean will also be part of the management team alongside GMA (and Uist!)’s Angus MacInnes. Gur math thèid leibh uile!


Aiseag an Stròm Aonaichte a’ buannachadh! Stromeferry No Ferry United win Craig’s Sixes!

October 13th, 2018 No comments


The 2018 Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes survived the inclement weather and attracted 5 teams for a successful end to the 2018 season and also a great memorial for the late Craig Morrison, who passed away tragically in 2009 when the club was in its infancy.

With the competition receiving its eighth running, it was a team tied heavily to the history of the competition that came away with the memorial shield. Stromeferry No Ferry United, a west-coast select run by James and Crisdean MacRae played in the first competition in 2010 and were revived for the 2017 competition. They finished second in the league competition but this put them into the final against Lewis B and a goal from Rannal Finlayson, who was also the joint top scorer in the competition with Donald Lamont, took the prize back across the Minch.

The long threatened Murray Camanachd also made their debut in the competition under the tutelage of West Lothian Shinty’s Andy Murray. Andy and his boys put in a good performance with 1 win, 1 draw and two defeats despite not making it the competition until later on. Thanks for entering a team and we’ll see you next year!

All the Lewis youngsters got a great run out and showed that the future of the club is very bright.

The trophy was presented to winning captain and general shinty legend James “Ach” MacRae by Craig’s father Graham. We hope to see you all next year!



Lewis A 0 vs Lewis B 2 – Donald 2

SNF 2 vs Lewis C 0 – Rannal, Willie

Lewis B 1 vs SNF 0 – Lisa

Lewis A 2 vs Lewis C 0 – Scott 2

Murrays 0 vs SNF 1 – Rannal

Lewis C 0 vs Lewis B 1 – Donald

Murrays 2 vs Lewis A 1 – James, Dylan; Scott

Murrays 0 vs Lewis B 2 – Donald, Callum

SNF 3 vs Lewis A 0 – Rannal, Willie 2

Lewis C 0 vs Murrays 0

Final SNF 1 vs Lewis B 0 – Rannal

Coinneamh Bliadhnail Camanachd Leòdhais AGM 2018 – 30.10.18

October 1st, 2018 No comments

Thèid Coinneamh Bliadhnail Comann Camanachd Leòdhais 2018 a chumail aig 6f Dimàirt 30mh An Dàmhair aig Oifisean Chomhairle nan Eilean Siar, Rathad Shanndabhaig Steòrnabhagh. Tha fàilte ron a h-uile neach aig a bheil ùidh ann an spòrs nan Gàidheal ann an Leòdhas agus na Hearadh.

The Annual General Meeting 2018 of Comann Camanachd Leòdhais will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 30th October at the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway. A warm welcome is extended to anyone with an interest in the sport of the Gael in Lewis and Harris.

Expressions of interest in committee positions, with secondment, and motions should be sent to the secretary Joanne Mitchell joanne_mitchell6 [at] before the 23rd of October.





Cabers defeat, Top Scorers list updated

September 4th, 2018 No comments

Micheal & Conor Shinty

The club suffered a 10-2 defeat on Saturday against Cabarfeidh at Castle Leod. Positives were that these types of events have been a much rarer occurence this season, and that the performance against a very good Cabers side saw no lack of hard work and effort from an understrength Dubh is Gorm. It was good to see Innes back after his bad injury in the HebCelt and also of note was that Ally continued his good run in front of goal, and Micheal Macdonald scored his first ever goal for the club after many years of service (all the way back to when the above picture was taken and beyond)!

You can read a full report over on the Isles FM Facebook page. Thanks to the station for publishing our reports throughout the season.

It’s been a long season, so hopefully the club can finish on a high and take something from our two remaining fixtures, starting with our away fixture to Beauly this Saturday 8th September.

Race for the Drams 2018

7 Donald Lamont
6 Paul Duke
4 Ally Lamont, David Cleary
3 Scott MacLeod
2 Crisdean Macrae, Ruaraidh Macmillan
1 Calum Macritchie, Stewart Macritchie, Alexander Gordon, Michael Macdonald, Al Reed, Peter Gomez, OG

Home season comes to an end with Boleskine thriller

August 27th, 2018 No comments


After the disappointment of Inverness failing to fulfil the reversed home fixture the week previously, the club were  very happy to welcome Boleskine to Sgoil Shiaboist and bring the home season to a close for 2018.

Boleskine are a much changed side this year, and have one of the best young players in Scotland, William “Crossal” MacKinnon in their armoury and the U17 international got Boleskine off to a good start with a 30 yard rocket on 17 minutes.

The scores stayed pegged at 1-0 until the hour mark when Stuart MacRae converted a penalty to make it 2-0 and usher in one of the craziest ten minutes seen on the West Side. Scott pulled it back to 2-1 before Stewart MacRitchie popped up almost straight from the throw-up to draw us level.

However, the Loch Ness side club restored a one goal advantage to make it 3-2 minutes on the 69th minute through Ross Anderson.

It was a tight game until the end when young Mackinnon got his second in injury time to let Boleskine go home with the two points and a 4-2 victory.


Thanks to Boleskine for coming over, it was good to see them back after not making the trip the last two years. Thanks to them and all the clubs who made the effort to come over to Shawbost this year. Thanks to Henry MacInnes for refereeing. And last, but not least, thanks to all our supporters for helping make a great atmosphere this season in all weathers.

We finish the season with three away games, Caberfeidh next week, Beauly the week after, and on the 22nd the legendary away trip to Kilmallie.  All challenging fixtures but hopefully we can take some points along the way to finish off what has already been a very successful season.


Junior Shinty

With the schools now back in session, it’s a good time to remind everyone on what we have on offer in terms of junior shinty.

On Fridays, there is a shinty session for all Nicolson Institute pupils at the all weather pitch from 2pm-3pm.

Also on Fridays, we have a session for Primary 6 & up at the pitch at Stornoway Primary from 5pm-6pm.

Finally, on Saturdays, we have a session for those in Primary 1 – Primary 5. This session takes place from 1pm-2pm & is also at the pitch at Stornoway Primary.

We cater for all levels of experience. So whether they have played before or are a complete novice, they can come along along and get involved.