Lochaber Times writer Nic takes on editor role at Dé tha dol

Lochaber Times correspondent, Nic Goddard, pictured, is the new editor of De tha dol. NO F29 Nic latest
Lochaber Times correspondent, Nic Goddard, pictured, is the new editor of De tha dol. NO F29 Nic latest

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When I moved back to the mainland from the Isle of Rum in early 2019 and arrived in Ardnamurchan along with the usual formal changes of address, registering at the local GP and finding out the best place to buy a pint of milk or a pint of beer, I also went along to join the library, writes Nic Goddard.

Always a hub of any small community, along with the pub and shop and the place to get
all of the gen on the ins and outs of fitting into a new place.

The librarian recommended some local Facebook groups to join and also held up ‘Dé tha dol?’ telling me ‘you’ll want to grab a copy of this every month too – it’s got all the local information about what’s going on.

‘Dé tha dol? It’s Gaelic for ‘what’s doing?’ or ‘what’s going on?’ and sure enough, just as the West Word had been the printed place to find out about community life in the Small Isles and surrounding area Dé tha dol? was the place to find out here in our new home, along with the Lochaber Times for the wider area, of course!

Two years on having been another victim of lockdown life, however, the Dé tha dol? was
struggling and in February printing of the publication, which covers Ardgour, Ardnamurchan, Moidart, Morvern and Sunart was suspended.

But, following a wave of support for Dé tha dol , which started back in 1981, a new committee was formed, a constitution approved and a vacancy for an editor was advertised.

An application form and interview later and that editor is now me! I have spent many hours poring over back issues and I am delighted to now be part of the story of Dé tha dol, bringing news, views, information and contributions from across the peninsulas to our readers.

I have some new ideas to ensure the future of the community paper for decades to come while continuing the legacy of all who have created, contributed, supported and read the Dé tha dol? for the past 40 years.