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A new Christmas carol sung in Gaelic has been written by a member of Kilmuir and Stenscholl Parish Church in North Skye.
Dinah Rankin wrote the lyrics to the song, which has been performed by a group of local Gaelic-speaking children.
The Rev John Murray of Kilmuir and Stenscholl Parish Church in North Skye said: ‘This new Gaelic carol, entitled An Sgeul Aoibhneach, which translates as the joyous story, was written recently by Dinah Rankin, one of our members. The tune is a Gaelic melody.
‘The words describe the wonderful, ever new story of the birth of Jesus in the stable. The repeating chorus tells us that “we will tell you all about it” and each verse moves the story forward.
‘It comes with our prayers and best wishes to all who will hear it.
‘Our congregation has been at the forefront in recent years of producing innovative resources, such as a book of Gaelic hymns, and a Gaelic CD entitled Seinneamaid Comhla.
‘We are also working towards producing Gaelic resources which we can share with other churches.
‘At present, there are very few such resources compared with similar material in English, and in our congregation we are fortunate in having the people who are able and willing to produce them.
‘Calum Munro, one of our elders, is currently working on producing more materials.’