Donald John MacKay Educational Trust

Competition with £500 prize for students commemorating a sàr-Ghàidheal

The Trustees of The Donald John MacKay Educational Trust have launched their annual competition in memory of Donald John MacKay. The competition marks the outstanding contribution made by him to Gaelic and industrial development throughout the Highlands and Islands.

Donald John had a long association with the work of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Lèirsinn Research Centre, An Comunn Gàidhealach, of which he was the first Director (1965-70), Comunn na Gàidhlig, British Alcan, the Harris Tweed Association, Highlands and Islands Development Board, and the Gaelic Society of Inverness, as well as a range of other organisations.

The competition is administered by Fèisean nan Gàidheal on behalf of the Trust. Examples are given below of previous awards and you can download guidance and an application form on the right-hand side of the page.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 13 May 2022.

Previous Awards


Johnnie Gallagher

Johnnie Gallagher was offered an award by the Donald John MacKay Educational Trust to create a presentation entitled Celtic Origins: Archaeologically Speaking based on research he had done on the origins of the Celtic language family from an archaeological perspective. Johnnie’s presentation can be viewed here.

Sharon Cooper

Sharon Cooper was offered an award by the Donald John MacKay Educational Trust to assist with an exhibition of prints, rubbings and cyanotypes from plants and grasses, along with Gaelic text including their names and background notes. The Gaelic Books Council offered Sharon additional funds which enabled her to publish an attractive book entitled Lusan

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