Skye Nicolson never met her brothers, who were killed in a car accident before she was born. But on Saturday night both were with her as she claimed boxing gold for Australia.
Nicolson defeated Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh by split decision to complete one of Australia's fairy tale stories at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, following in the footsteps of her late brother Jamie.
Jamie was also a decorated boxer who competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and also won bronze in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. But at age 22, he and his younger brother Gavin — just 10 years old — were killed in a traffic accident on their way to training in 1994.
My name is Finn MacNicol (that's me in the picture) and for the first week of my life I had breathing difficulties and also an infection. Thanks to the incredible staff at Glasgow's southern general neonatal unit I am now fully recovered.
I wanted to do something to help other sick or premature babies and my dad suggested a fundraiser. So please consider supporting him on his three peak challenge (on 12th June he's climbing the highest mountains in Scotland England and Wales in 24 hours.. Wearing his clan MacNicol tartan).
Your contribution will help fund state-of-the-art medical equipment to treat babies transferred to the unit from all over Scotland and the north of England. The new equipment will help deliver the safest and most effective ways of keeping babies alive and giving them the best possible start in life.
We have no stepped up the preparations and planning for the International Gathering of the Clan MacNeacail, which will take place later in the year. For a full itinerary please click here.
If you intend to travel to the gathering, we really need to know as soon as possible. As you’ll appreciate, we must book transport, food, music, venues and the various other things to make your long weekend on Skye most memorable. To do all this we need to know what numbers will be attending.
A list of those who have already confirmed their attendance can be found here.
Please email email@example.com with your details.
We recently took down the flag pole from Scorrybreac for some much needed care and repair. After being removed, it was stored indoors to give the wood time to dry out. As you can imaging it rains now and again here on Skye, so the wood is a little damp! It will then get a couple of coats of paint, some new rope and cleat, and then returned back to Scorry, where the St Andrews Cross will fly on it once again.
On Sunday at 11am the country will stop for two minutes to remember those that have fallen in conflict.
Murdo Nicolson, BEM, was born in Bayfield in Portree and lived in the town until he left to join the Marine Commandos during WWII. After the war, he spent several years at sea, then joined the Highland Light Infantry, where he rose to the rank of Colour Sergeant-Major. Over his 25 years in the regiment he served in many countries. Murdo was fiercely proud of the Clan’s purchase of the land of Ben Chracaig, and worked on it tirelessly until his untimely death in 1997.
He built the cairn at Scorrybreac, and also built the well in memory of his uncle and all those who fell in service of their country.
Today we place a remembrance cross at Murdo’s well.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Robert Laurence Binyon - "For the Fallen"