Around 400 people attended Barra’s Fishermen’s Mass on Sunday.
The annual event in Castlebay reinforces how vital fishing is for the 1,100-strong
Mass was led by Father John Paul Mackinnon took and was followed by a Gaelic choir
singing the final hymn, Reul Alainn a' Chuain (Star of the Sea) and the traditional
blessing of the boats ceremony
Local fishing vessels “dressed” in flags and bunting packed out the harbour and many
in the crowd board the trawlers for the boat race which this year went round the
cruise ship MV Corinthian anchored out in the bay.
MFV Our Pride won the prize for the best dressed boat. Skipper Alexander MacNeill
is pictured with his sons Rory and Darren, holding the plaque, as well as their friend
Photos: Hundreds attend Fishermen’s Mass and blessing of the boats