Written by Roy Pederson
This is the astonishing story of John Angus Mackay, an islander who achieved what others regarded as impossible. Through his tireless efforts, the Scottish Gaelic language has turned a corner, and the number of of young Gaelic speakers is increasing. Perhaps his most evident achievement came after a long, dogged and forensically focused campaign for the Gaelic television service against huge establishment resistance. At timed, the channel now attracts viewership well in excess of the total number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland.
His courage to overcome disability, his contributions as a gifted teacher and his pivotal role in advancing co-operatives in his native Lewis are all part of what he has achieved.