Former shop could be transformed into community hub for Gaelic language

An Taigh Ceilidh CIC want to create a book and coffee shop within the former shop in Stornoway.

An Taigh Ceilidh apply to transform former Stornoway shop into Gaelic community hub

A former shop on the Isle of Lewis could be transformed into a community hub for the Gaelic language. 

An Taigh Ceilidh CIC, a not-for-profit social enterprise has applied to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to transform the former Stornoway Memorials store on Church Street in the town. 

The group have applied to change the use of the building to accommodate a bookshop, coffee shop and workshop and event space. 

The development would also see the ground floor exterior of the building repainted. 

In a recent post on the Social Enterprise Scotland website, An Taigh Ceilidh founder Tearlach Wilson said that the organisation aims to “restore confidence in and normalise Gaelic”, and has the potential “to create new social networks, promote Scottish heritage, protect the local environment”.

In a social media post, the organisation confirmed that if successful, it plans to open the new hub by later this summer.

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