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Runrig legend honoured for musical and cultural achievements

15 March 2017

Mr Munro joins the distinguished list of RIAS Honorary Fellows, which includes Santiago Calatrava, Lord Foster, Philippe Starck, fellow musician Dame Evelyn Glennie and the writers Liz Lochhead and Ian Rankin.


The Skye-born Gaelic rocker - now Sabhal Mòr Ostaig ’s development director - said he was “deeply honoured”  to be placed alongside such an illustrious list of people who have contributed enormously to the cultural life of Scotland and beyond.


Willie Watt, president of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, commented: ‘Dr Donnie Munro is a renowned creative Scot. The breadth of his achievement in music, the arts and within academia and as a lobbyist for both the Gaelic language, culture and the communities of Scotland's Highlands and Islands, is extraordinary and all of it of international note.”


Sabhal Mòr Ostaig principal, Prof Boyd Robertson, said: ‘This is a richly deserved and highly appropriate accolade for Dr Donnie Munro.


“He has been at the forefront of the Gaelic renaissance as lead singer of the celebrated band, Runrig, who did so much to stimulate interest in the language and its cultural riches and in his key developmental role here at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic language and culture, which has played a vital part in reviving the fortunes of the language.”


Former Runrig frontman, Donnie Munro, is being inducted as an honorary fellow by the Royal Incorporation of Architects (RIAS) Scotland.


The award recognises his national and international achievements in the fields of music, cultural heritage, education, development and the arts.