Being on the other side of the north channel, it's likely that there will be some interest from Islay's neighbours, the Irish, for the island. There have always been strong links between Ireland and Islay, sometimes dating back for hundreds or even thousands of years. Since the Ballycastle to Campbeltown ferry has been cancelled, the number of Irish visitors may have been down, but the interest is still there. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by someone from an Irish magazine called nÃ³s*, which is a new contemporary Irish language magazine for the modern age. So far only four editions have been published and all of them are available online from their website. The reason for contacting me was to ask permission to use a few of my pictures and of course I agreed as you can see in the picture. They used a panorama picture of Portnahaven, probably because it's closest to Ireland, and a picture of Bunnahabhain on the second page. The article is about Irish Gaelic speakers coming to Islay to learn Scottish Gaelic. The two are very similar and after a short while it's quite easy for Gaelic speakers from both countries to speak to each other. Continue reading....Curious as I am I tried to find out more about the Irish language in relation to Gaelic and I found the following information on Wikipedia: "Irish (Gaeilge) is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish. The Goidelic languages, (also sometimes called, particularly in colloquial situations, the Gaelic languages or collectively Gaelic), historically formed a dialect continuum stretching from the south of Ireland, through the Isle of Man, to the north of Scotland. There are three modern Goidelic languages: Irish (Gaeilge), Scottish Gaelic (GÃ idhlig), and Manx (Gaelg). Irish is now spoken natively by a small minority of the Irish population. It enjoys constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland."
If you like to download the magazine you can use the following link. There is however one disadvantage, the file itself is more than 24Mb, so downloading can take some time. Click here for the download page