Want to read more?
At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.
To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.
We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device. In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.
Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).
Female shinty players from Lochaber, Skye, Kinlochshiel, Glengarry and Badenoch have rekindled with their teams to take part in ‘virtual pre-season training’ while helping to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Co-ordinated by the Women’s Camanachd Association, the March in March challenge saw a big-hearted group of female shinty and camogie players from across Scotland and Northern Ireland clock up the miles over the weekend Saturday March 6 – Monday March 8, with some continuing throughout the month, in support of fellow player and friend, Una Henry, 40, who has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Inspired by their friend’s strength, Niamh Donnelly and Jenny Durkin decided to organise a fundraiser that would encourage as many of the Scottish WCA (Women’s Camanachd Association) clubs to get on board to walk from Aberdour, Una’s shinty club, to Glenullen in Derry, her Gaelic Athletic Association club.
Throughout the weekend the ladies marched their way around the country, collectively racking up 1000s of miles by walking running, cycling and even swimming and have already raised over £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Lisa MacColl, president of Women’s Camanachd Association, said: ‘When we heard our friend from the Aberdour and Glenullin team was being supported by Macmillan we were keen to get on board and put the March in March challenge out to clubs.
‘The response has been incredible. With little shinty for the last year and no international it’s amazing to see the shinty, camogie and GAA community pulling together to strengthen the bonds of our Gaelic sports.
‘On behalf of the WCA I would like to thank each and every participant and sponsor who has helped to raise a staggering and vital sum for this charity.’
Macmillan Cancer Support is doing everything it can to help address the immediate and unique challenges that having cancer during this pandemic brings, but it needs support. Donations are vital to enable it to continue to be there for people living with cancer.
If anyone would like to donate to the WCA’s fundraising page visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marchinmarch-wca