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How it all began
Feis Bharraigh begun in 1981 when Father Colin MacInnes, along with the piper Angus MacDonald,
came up with the idea to promote, encourage, foster and develop the practice and study of the Gaelic
language, literature, music, drama and culture in the islands of Barra & Vatersay.
Feis Bharraigh is comprised of a week of local events, games, concerts and dances. What makes it
unique is its emphasis on the areas language, culture and identity, and the oppurtunity it gave to young
people to give expression to these.
Since its inception in 1981 it has gone on to become a movement, now with 43 other feisean taking place
every year throughout Scotland.
For more information about the other feisean sees www.feisean.org